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Antique Tractor Paint and Bodywork

Painting an JD M

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EGBinOR

05-06-2012 12:10:10
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Have this thing all torn down and am getting close to painting. Wondering about doing the smaller pieces as I go. What do you think of spraying the JD primer and then a couple of coats of JD green shake um up cans then assembling complete tractor and painting with the HVLP gun? Is this a mistake?? Thanks in advance for any help.
PS.. This tractor won't be out in the weather anymore when I'm done so planning on using the JD paint which I've allready bought EGBinOR

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Old weldor

05-09-2012 19:02:12
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to EGBinOR, 05-06-2012 12:10:10  
I worked at a Deere factory for 33 years,John deeres own brand of rattle can paint fades to a bluish gray when exposed to a lot of sunlight. You will be sorry if you paint your tractor with it!



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B-maniac

05-08-2012 19:14:13
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to EGBinOR, 05-06-2012 12:10:10  

Just do it in pieces , you won't be sorry. Here's an MT I did for a guy a few yrs ago.



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egbinor

05-07-2012 07:41:20
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to EGBinOR, 05-06-2012 12:10:10  
Thanks guys, I guess I knew what the answer was going to be, just hoping for a way to do it a little at a time I just need to wait another month and hope summer finally comes to oregon!



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Stephen Newell

05-08-2012 05:01:29
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to egbinor, 05-07-2012 07:41:20  
You can do your small parts a little at a time. Just put a thin coat of epoxy primer on your parts to keep them from rusting and when you get ready to do all of it put another thin coat of primer on your small parts and your good to go.



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Stephen Newell

05-06-2012 19:15:44
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to EGBinOR, 05-06-2012 12:10:10  
Yes it's a mistake to use rattle can paint. Think about how much work you've done in tearing the tractor down and prep it for paint. Rattle can paint is a substandard paint and will cause you to be back painting again in a couple of years. Also some rattle can paints and primers are lacquer based which is incompatible with your JD paint. Rust is hard to keep off a tractor and it is important to use a good epoxy primer for the paint job to last. The epoxy primer will give a very good moisture barrier to prevent rust. Even out of the weather unless kept in a climate controlled environment humidity and condensation will make the tractor rust again. Now the epoxy primer has it's problems. The one I use has a 72 hour window when it must be topcoated or it has to be scuffed with a scotch brite pad or a fresh coat of epoxy primer should be applied before topcoating.

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sflem849

05-06-2012 18:25:40
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to EGBinOR, 05-06-2012 12:10:10  
I know a couple guys that operate that way. I asked one and he said it is a good way to get paint on everything and not have to touch up a bunch of bolts etc.

Make sure you use "real" primer not just rattle cans. Our local NAPA has a panel painted with rattle cans and HVLP to demonstrate the difference between the two. The rattle can finish can be scratched off with your fingernail and the HVLP won't scratch off with your keys. My NAPA guy (a former rep for M-S) said the HVLP finish is a jabillion times thicker than a rattle can and way better at keeping moisture out.

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CNKS

05-07-2012 07:41:39
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 Re: Painting an JD M in reply to sflem849, 05-06-2012 18:25:40  
Only problem people who do "preliminary" painting with a spray gun might have is that both epoxy and the topcoat have a window to put on the final coat, not always specified in the instructions for the topcoat. I would much rather touch up the bolts after the final coat than rush assembling the tractor with some deadline. Same thing with people who spray the areas that will be covered with parts, then assemble and paint the whole thing.

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