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Old 06-01-2020, 09:58 PM   #1
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Painted oil pan on Cat 3126b

Just thought I would share my Covid19 stay at home project for something to do. Firstly, I am by no means an experienced painter and limited skills to spray cans, so no laughing please. As you can see there was plenty of surface rust bugging me. Thank you Fire up (Scott) on sharing your experience painting your pan several years ago.

So, I thought I would give it a try. I did not want to remove the pan to paint, nor did I want to use any of those hard core rust removal chemicals as I will be working upside down on the pan with just an n95 mask, not a full respirator. I called Rustoleum and they did not recommend rust reformer if my temp was close to 200 degrees, and most of their spray paints were same way - other than their engine enamel. So I just went to Cat and bought their primer and top coat. Will see if that was mistake.

Photo #2 - I scraped and wire brushed the loose rust, and cleaned it up, But not all paint was taken off. Then used my spray cans, 2 coats primer, 2 coats top coat. End product in photos 3 and 4. Not real smooth and pretty, Iím just trying to slow the rust down on a 19 year old oil pan.

Time will tell ! I donít drive on salted roads. If it works, it works. If not, Iíve got a rusty peeling oil pan and out about $25.

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Old 06-01-2020, 09:59 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:41 AM   #3
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It looks great! I did mine a few years ago, but it only lasted a couple of years. I bought a rebuilt oil pan that is coated with which appears the coating they put on pickup beds. The old pan developed a leak. Looking back I would recommend removing the pan so the job could be done right. Removing the pan is actually quite easy. I hope you have better luck than I did!
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OUTSTANDING JOB there Partner! As you and I have discussed earlier, it's a matter of how much effort one wants to put forth in trying to preserve these pans, if and/or when they get a bit cancerous. Mine was in WAAAAAY worse shape then yours when I started but, there appeared to be no real physical damage. So, about a couple hours of prep and, painted with some old yellow I had laying around and, it's now going on 8 years since I did it and, it's still as good as the day I did it.
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Nice i did the same thing to mine. I was worried if i did not do something it was going to leak, you could see where the rust was starting to eat into the pan. Good Job. Like you i have had plenty of time to get to lots of projects on the MH.
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