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Epoxy primer and Ford New Holland paint.

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Bob Thomas

01-14-2008 08:39:27

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Just trying to sort this out. I bought my ford paint from the local New Holland dealer. I want a decent paint job for a working tractor. I am putting in many hours in prep work. That said; I should use epoxy primer? At some future date I may take the tractor out of service and delegate it to parade duty and then I would go with modern paints. As always the boards advice is greatly appreciated. :?

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01-15-2008 18:11:25

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 Re: Epoxy primer and Ford New Holland paint. in reply to Bob Thomas, 01-14-2008 08:39:27  
Use epoxy primer, you won't regret it. I cannot absolutely say that it will be compatible, but if I were in your situation I would have no hesitation about using it. And, I don't necessarily agree that you should use cheap paint on a working tractor. The automotive paints are much more durable than the commonly used alkyd enamel in such situations. But, no paint is scratch resistant. If you do a good job now, chances are that when it does parade duty all you will need to do is scuff the paint and give it another couple of coats. One other thing, if the New Holland paint is the same as the Case-IH paint (it may not be), it is an acrylic modified alkyd enamel, which is better than the average tractor paint, not as good as the urethanes, but it may be good enough.

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01-14-2008 16:09:29

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 Re: Epoxy primer and Ford New Holland paint. in reply to Bob Thomas, 01-14-2008 08:39:27  
Hi Bob;

Thought I'd give you my thoughts on your question. There is no doubt that epoxy primer is a very good primer to use whether on bare metal or painted surfaces. It will seal out the moisture and help prevent rust. The question that needs to be answered is this; is your Ford paint going to be compatible with the particular brand of epoxy primer you use? I have read that some of the experienced men on this site have used other brands over epoxy. But, it is an iffy situation. Most if not all epoxies use a chemical bonding rather than mechanical (sanded). There is a window after application in which the top coat must be applied so that the chemical bonding occurs. If this is not met you must sand and re-primer. Perhaps doing a test on some scrap sheet metal or talking with your local auto paint dealer. There are probably some men that can offer some more information.

One thing that I would consider if I was contemplating making my tractor a parade tractor vs. working tractor is what am I going to do to it to make it a parade tractor? If I was going to restore it, I would not bother using an epoxy now but save the good paint for the restoration. Between now and when your restore it you will certainly put some chips in the paint. Your tractor will certainly survive a few more years with a coat of Ford primer and paint. Just my thoughts. Hope it helps...

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