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Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides?

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A.J. Warner

07-12-2013 09:59:03




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I'm restoring a 1941 John Deere B that I got from my grandfather. He used it to pull wood out of the woods for the stove. He always wanted to paint it and restore it. It runs great just looks like a 70 year old tractor. I was planning on using TSC's Majic paint. The tractor is out for a few hours a month putting around grandma's lot. Not working at all and in the barn covered most of the time. Any ideas or thoughts for a good result. I've heard mixed things about Majic paint. Mainly dry time but i'm not in a rush so i'm not worried about that.

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JT

08-11-2013 10:13:21




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
A lot depends on if you want to trailer queen, never get dirty, not do much or any work paint job on your equipment, or just make it shiny again, I have painted a couple IH tractors and a JD with Majic paint in the last 2-3 years, 4 coats, let them sit a year, wet sand a little, clear coat, and I think they look good, but I don't have trailer tractors, when I want to use em, I do. Just my thoughts.....

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dome089823

07-20-2013 12:24:00




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
Hi all, I had to just step in here and put my 2 cents in here and hopr to clear up some mis-under standing in paint. the only problem with alkyd enamel paint i find is the dry time between coats. it takes a good 24 hr dry time before you can re-coat, if not you will come back to find air holes in the finish. all paints put off some type of gases thats has to leave the paint before you re-coat but the enamels are the ones that takes the longest to let the gases evaporate. believe it or not alkyd enamel does get realy hard and is a good paint if you have the time to mess with it. like 24hr between coats or longer depending on weather, and after its all done. then there is about a month of cure time to realy dry to it hardest. thats the reason shops use urethane or lacquer finishes because of the dry time not because it a better paint par-say it because time cost money in todays world lol. most enamels have salvonts like mineral spirits ect. that takes longer to evaporate that means longer re-coat time. and urethanes and lacquers that uses solvents like mek ect. that evaporate in seconds that give the painter a faster re-coat time. as for as the hardness of the paint it will be the same per-say after full cure time. now if you want to save your finish a help stop paint oxidation do what any auto paint guy would do in a shop, clear coat it any wax it lol! because every paint in the sun will oxidize in time. and if i'm wrong on this i stand to be corrected :) JD tractors are painted with valspar enamel paint just a different type of enamel. :wink: enamel get a bad rap because alot of folks don't under stand finishes and the gases and dry time. so i hope to some that reads this, it may help to better under stand the differents in the type of finishes they choose.

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ajwarner

07-13-2013 09:44:08




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
What is required to spray the stuff from Deere? Hardener, reducer? I'm going to blast what I can and prime and paint the rest? I don't want to wrap a lot of money up in this project just a nice shine for our rides a parade here and there and may some shows. How has it turned out for you. Can I add a clear if I need to.



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Chase_99

07-15-2013 08:25:56




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to ajwarner, 07-13-2013 09:44:08  
JD will have a primer and thinner for their paint. It can be sprayed with or without hardner. Hardner makes it cure faster.



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A.J. Warner

07-16-2013 04:15:41




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to Chase_99, 07-15-2013 08:25:56  
Thanks, I think i'm going to wait for my summer bonus and use the John Deere system instead of the Majic. There is no need to rush this and I don't want to do it again. I have access to a spray booth for the small parts but the frame will be done in a tarp booth in the barn.



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Chase_99

07-12-2013 22:50:27




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
Have you checked out the paint from your local JD dealer? Its not high end paint but its not too bad if you store it inside.



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davpal

07-12-2013 22:46:23




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
It will be green and look like a John Deere but it wont be nice using Majic paint. I used it two times in the last six months and wasn't overly impressed with it. I sprayed a brush hog and didn't use any hardner and it turned out ok but not that great. Then I did a field cultivator and used hardner and it still didn't turn out very glossy like I thought it would. For a little more money you can buy a single stage urethane that goes on nice and stays nice even in the sun for many years.

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welding man

07-12-2013 19:15:00




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
It generally takes me about 4 or 5 days of hard work getting a tractor ready to paint. The last thing I want to do is use a cheap paint. If you are going to wash it off with a water hose and spray it, with no prep or primer,Majic is fine.If you want a professionl looking job,buy a paint professionals use.It's all about how much money you want to spend and what outcome you are looking for.



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showcrop

07-12-2013 18:49:34




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
It will be perfectly good if you are putting five hours into prep. If you are putting fifty hours into prep you need to go with 2K urethane or better.



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CNKS

07-12-2013 18:27:22




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 Re: Majic paint on a John Deere B for Sunday rides? in reply to A.J. Warner, 07-12-2013 09:59:03  
It's cheap alkyd enamel, if the tractor is inside all the time and you are satisfied, it's ok. Mine are inside too and I use acrylic urethane. But, I spend months or a couple of years on restorations and I won't use cheap paint after all that work.



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