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Re: John Deere Paint

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Guess I'll try this one. John Deere doesn't make paint , they have Valspar/other companies make it for them to sell. That said , you asked for the "best" paint. In order for your past 5 year requirement to be met you need to ask what is the best "paint system". Preparation and prep products have just as much bearing on longevity of the job as the correct top coat. All that being said , no amount of money spent on the best products will make up for sub-par equipment and lack of actual spraying experience. You can't get perfection out of a book. So here's my advise. Find a local auto body paint/supply house that carries PPG , BASF , Martin Senour , Dupont etc and ask for their best counter person who deals directly with local body shops. Tell him/her what you are doing and/or show him the project and tell him to get you educated to the best system he has for that project and your priorities in the finished product. Another choice would be to go right to the body shop for that info. Once you find out there's a lot more to it than you ever thought and eventually get it to the paint stage then you need to decide whether to waste a little paint practicing first or waste a paint job practicing on your tractor. You read the archives , I'm sure you saw the posts on how to get rid of runs , overspray , dirt/bugs etc and get the paint to shine more. You don't have to be one of them. A good system from the ground up has to include a 2 component epoxy primer on to bare metal as the "glue" that holds it all together. By "bare metal" I mean CLEAN RUSTFREE bare metal. If you want to scrimp and use wire brushes on a grinder go ahead, forget your "5 year" warrantee. There are plenty of prep and paint tips in the archives. As far as paint "shine" goes , that is more to do with the painter/equipment than the product. The cheapest paint in the hands of a good painter will look just as good at the end of the day as the expensive paint. You can't "buy" shiney paint, so to speak , you have to earn it. If a person can't get single stage solid red to shine then why would he think a coat of clear is going to be any different. I've probably gave you more to think about than I have actual answers. Answers out of the book are what will make the job last , thinking is what will make it look good and shine the first time. There's a reason good show car builders / painters get to name their price. Most people don't have the patience to become competition. Good luck. RB

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