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Easy Painting?

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Back Forty Bob.

03-18-2012 16:56:11

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Hi All,
I realize that I may be attempting to revive a deceased equine, but
here it goes. I have a friend with many years experience at tractor
restoration (John Deere) that says for painting cast metal, just wire brush
it good and clean the grease off. Then using John Deere paint with no
primer, apply with a good brush. This he says, will get you a finish
superior to a factory finish. Again only on cast metal. Somehow this sounds too easy. Anybody else try this?
Thanks, Bob 46A

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Rod (NH)

03-19-2012 18:37:34

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 Re: Easy Painting? in reply to Back Forty Bob., 03-18-2012 16:56:11  
If you are satisfied with a 1930's technology that is no better than an original 1930's factory paint job, he's probably correct. Everybody who is an originality purist should paint their tractors with alkyd enamel. That way they can watch them fade from green to blue or red to pink in a few short years, just like the original tractors did. There's a reason alkyd enamels are no longer used on cars and haven't been for the last 50 years or so.

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03-20-2012 05:37:24

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 Re: Easy Painting? in reply to Rod (NH), 03-19-2012 18:37:34  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

I was talking with a friend who is a Farmall fan about paint. He said that any Farmall that is red does not have the original paint on it.

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03-18-2012 18:29:56

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 Re: Easy Painting? in reply to Back Forty Bob., 03-18-2012 16:56:11  
The key is in "good brush". Maybe you could find out more about this "good brush" and where to get it. I could use a few.

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03-18-2012 17:11:17

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 Re: Easy Painting? in reply to Back Forty Bob., 03-18-2012 16:56:11  
Always use primer. Modern paints adhere better when primer is used. At the factory the old alkyd enamel was designed for and used with no primer. If you will read what is on the can it will say to use primer. Some "professionals" are hard to convince that paint has changed. Some do apply it with a brush. Superior to factory finish -- maybe, because 60 years ago not much attention was paid to painting at the factories. Anyone moderately good with a spray gun can get a better finish than the factory did. Why mess with a brush when a spray gun will give a better finish?

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03-19-2012 17:28:12

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 Re: Easy Painting? in reply to CNKS, 03-18-2012 17:11:17  
Slight change -- I was in the local JD dealer this morning for parts for my lawn mower. I read the instructions on the JD alkyd enamel can, it says it does not need primer. I don't think JD's supplier knows much.

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