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Covering up faded paint with new paint

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EM Iowa

07-10-2013 13:49:38

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If a tractor's paint isn't flaking or crumbling, just faded, how might someone go about recoating it? Would you wirewheel the cast parts, then prime and paint it. Could you get away with not using primer?
The sheetmetal of course would be sanded down, primed and painted. I just wanted to know if a guy could put another couple coats on to bring the shine back. Thanks

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dr sportster

07-19-2013 11:37:21

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 Re: Covering up faded paint with new paint in reply to EM Iowa, 07-10-2013 13:49:38  
I went to buy primer for something like that and the auto body supply guy told me I could direct spray over the old paint.Said to scuff sand it with 320 or 400. You could also bring up the paint by buffing it out. Youv'e heard the saying " Yeah that will buff out " Usually it will not buff out but maybe.

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07-11-2013 06:43:11

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 Re: Covering up faded paint with new paint in reply to EM Iowa, 07-10-2013 13:49:38  
Power wash the tractor, maybe use a degreasing agent to get rid of all the oil and grease. Lightly sand the sheet metal, and then paint it. Granted the end result will not be the same as a full restoration, but the tractor will still look very good.

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07-10-2013 14:18:35

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 Re: Covering up faded paint with new paint in reply to EM Iowa, 07-10-2013 13:49:38  
Problem with cast is that it is almost impossible to sand. It can be scuffed with a scotchbrite pad, which I haven't tried. Most 50/50 people (looks good going by 50 ft away at 50 mph) just pressure wash it and paint it -- that includes dealers. I restore tractors, disassemble and wire wheel the cast, thus removing the paint. If your paint is what you consider good, then try scuffing it, clean it up good followed by wax and grease remover. Most people probably don't use primer, but I would use epoxy primer because there are going to be some bare areas, and the cast being rough is going to have the paint removed from the "points" if you scuff it. If you don't remove all parts off the cast and paint separately there are a lot of nooks and crannies and areas behind the parts that will not get painted. The only way I would do it is disassemble, strip, and repaint. -- But you can do as you please. Your tractor has probably been repainted, likely by the 50/50 people. Most tractors will have rust under the paint, so it really should be stripped.

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