Nothing adds to the value of your waste recycling equipment like a good paint job. People spend thousands of dollars to paint their equipment. Why? First, all things metal are subject to oxidation (rust). Paint seals the surface and stops oxidation. Second, a good paint job says something about you and the pride you take in your equipment, or even your lifestyle.
Here at Unlimited Resources Corporation we take pride in our rebuilding. Out goal is to deliver a machine that has all the functionality of a new machine. That pride extends to our painting of that equipment.
Some dealers just slap a coat of paint on to hide the “uglies” and the things that need repair, hoping the customer won’t look beyond the paint job.
Here at Unlimited Resources Corporation we don’t do that. The paint job is an extension of the care we take in rebuilding a machine back to like new functionality. We know dealers who can paint a tub grinder or tire shredder in half a day. They simply knock the 2×4-size material off and start at one end with a paint gun. We’ve actually seen machines with all the gauges painted over. That makes it nice to check the engine temp or the oil pressure. We’ve seen machines where you could scoop a handful of dirt off a crook or cranny and see the original faded paint or rust underneath the dirt.
That is simply not a paint job as far as we are concerned. We start by cleaning the machine thoroughly. Usually this starts with high-pressure steam cleaning followed by wire brushing or scraping. It is not unusual for two men to spend an entire day doing the rough cleanup on a machine. Next we tape the hoses and other objects that should not be painted. We also cover the gauges with grease or paper to keep them clean and clear. A typical large machine may take several days to tape and prepare.
Once the machine is clean and everything that should not be painted is covered up, we use high quality paint such as Caterpillar or Rustoleum to primer the machine and then put the final coat(s) on in the color of the customer’s choice. Once the paint is dry we clean off the protective grease and all the paper and masking tape.
It is a lot of work and can cost several thousand dollars for a large machine in supplies, paint and labor. Is it worth it? We think so. The customer gets a machine that will not only perform well but also will look good and retain its value for many years. And after all, when you spend five or six figures on a machine, isn’t that what you want?