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State-Of-The-Art Paint Protection System
You can stop rust and corrosion before it starts, keep paint jobs looking new for years, and bring back the shine on older equipment, says Jim Deardorff, developer of the Farm Clean & Shine paint protection process. It’s a treatment that Deardorff says costs 5¢ on the dollar compared to repainting.
“Antique farm equipment collectors are getting away from repainting and prefer to keep the original look. Farm Clean & Shine will bring back the color and protect it,” says Deardorff, Superior Coatings Co. “Applied to new equipment, it waterproofs the factory coating and extends its protective life indefinitely with retreatment. Properly maintained, that factory paint job should last 100 years.”
The reason paint jobs don’t normally last that long is a combination of soluble salts causing corrosion and defects in virtually all paint and protective coatings. Called capillary structures, they let in the salts and moisture. These microscopic defects are produced by resin coating, solvent evaporation, or a combination of both during the coating process, explains Deardorff.
“After farm equipment is put into service, sunlight and weather conditions cause the capillary structures to expand,” he says. “This increases the potential for moisture and water soluble chemicals to migrate through the coating and produce rust. The product we use fills the capillary defects. It contains silicon nanoparticles that coat the paint.”
If abrasion, chemical contact, or simply years of use have caused loss of paint and rust or corrosion, Deardorff’s system starts with a Picklex 20 pre-treatment.
“It is a nanocoating material that changes the molecular composition of rust and stops it in its tracks,” says Deardorff. “It converts rust into a sound, stable surface and will provide protection for up to 5 years.”
Deardorff describes it as a no paint solution to excessive corrosion damage and a rust preventative. “I’ve had a piece of bare metal in the back of my truck for 10 years,” he says. “Every 6 months I brush on the Picklex, and there is no rust yet.”
The next step is to do a thorough pre-cleaning with a soluble salt detergent called Chlorrid.
“NASA and the U.S. Navy have done extensive testing on soluble salts and found that levels as low as 10 parts per million can produce irreversible corrosion damage,” says Deardorff. “Soluble salt cleaners remove salts from manufactured surfaces to safe levels.”
Once clean of soluble salts, a protective coating of the silicone product Permanon can be applied without special equipment or worker protection. The silicon in it is a major component of glass and is used to produce modern computer chips.
“Permanon restores the original finish and produces a surface that is smoother, easier to clean and stays clean longer,” says Deardorff. “It instantly bonds with the painted surface by electrostatic attraction, seeking out damage points and refilling voids. Excess material simply rinses away, preventing build-up of coating materials or trapping dirt and grime between recoat layers.”
For the best protection, Deardorff recommends another application of the Chlorrid followed by a second application of Permanon. Once treated, removing dirt and grime is easier, notes Deardorff. “The surface virtually takes on the properties of hardened glass, and dirt cannot bond to it,” he adds. “In many cases, normal garden hose pressure is all that is required for cleaning.”
He points out that regularly spraying off equipment is also the best way to judge when it’s time to retreat with Farm Clean & Shine. He explains that the size and shape of water droplets on a surface illustrates the level of water resistance of the paint.
“Water on a silicone-treated surface will bead up, forming large, well defined droplets,” says Deardorff. “When they no longer bead up, it is time to retreat with the Chlorrid and Permanon.”
The Farm Clean & Shine products are available from Superior Coatings and other retailers. Deardorff sells the Picklex 20 for $179 per gal. The concentrate, when mixed with distilled water, is equivalent to 4 to 6 gal. of paint, enough to cover 2,000 sq. ft. of surface. The Chlorrid is priced at $30 per gal., enough to cover 1,000 to 2,000 sq. ft. The concentrated Permanon sells for $120 for 2 quarts, sufficient to cover up to 2,500 sq. ft. when mixed into solution.
“Two quarts of Permanon is enough to treat a combine or 2 to 3 tractors at a cost of 5¢ per sq. ft.,” says Deardorff. “It also comes in a smaller package for $25, providing enough coverage for one tractor.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Superior Coatings Co., 205 McCormick St., Chillicothe, Mo. 64601 (ph 660 646-6355; jimdeardorff@classicblast.com; www.classicblast.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2