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Re: Anyone know what urethane modified alkyd is?

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09-26-2012 17:16:34

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Urethane may be the wrong term, but the company should know what they have. There is a product called acrylic modified alkyd enamel, which is the old alkyd enamel with acrylic properties, one of which is UV inhibitors to slow fading. Some or all of the tractor manufacturers sell this product, along with some of the paint companies. It is not as good as urethane, but considerably better than straight alkyd enamel. You might check with your New Holland dealer and see if they know what paint they sell. CaseIH used to use the term acrylic modified on the can, not anymore, far as I know. JD and NH are likely the same. My guess is that is what Rustoleum is selling -- I would trust the dealers paint more than Rustoleum -- probably made by Valspar, they may make the Rustoleum version too.

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09-27-2012 07:49:32

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 Re: Anyone know what urethane modified alkyd is? in reply to CNKS, 09-26-2012 17:16:34  
Best I can figure out, it is possible to make a alkyd that has been spiked with another, tougher, resin - most often (for car and tractor paint) acrylic, but urethane can also be used. This seems to create a hybrid which falls somewhere between the tractor and utility alkyds and the expensive two part automotive finishes in performance. Better resistance to fading is one of the advantages often mentioned.

This would seem to be a useful thing, then, for those of us who are not trying to do a show finish, but rather just get some paint on a working tractor, to keep it from rusting away. But how good they are probably depends on how much urethane they are using - like the pancake syrup blends you buy in the supermarket that have 0.5% real maple syrup!

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