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Scratching the paint

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03-26-2012 05:38:20

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Why is it that when you don't care about the paint on a machine you're hauling, the chains don't make a mark?

I brought home a 1953 Farmall Super M yesterday as a new project for Dad and I to work on. Old paint, could be original but probably not.

Wrapped chains around the front and rear axles with no real consideration to the paint, cinched 'em down and hit the road. Got home, not a scratch!

If I tried that with a nicely painted tractor... I would be cussing up a blue streak right now, if you know what I mean.

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03-27-2012 07:48:48

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to mkirsch, 03-26-2012 05:38:20  
"Old paint is harder than new paint"

Yeah, but with all our careful preparation, and modern catalyzed paints, you shouldn't be able to scratch new paint either...

That old paint was slathered on there with no regard for surface preparation, yet it's harder than the zinc plating on the chains!

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03-27-2012 08:52:55

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to mkirsch, 03-27-2012 07:48:48  
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Paint with hardener is NOT immune to getting scratched, and when it does, you have a real problem that usually cannot be remedied except for sanding and repainting. On the other hand, if you get a scratch on paint applied without hardener, that scratch can usually be repaired with a simple touch-up and some buffing, and sometimes all that is needed is a good rubbing and some wax.

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03-27-2012 05:32:48

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to mkirsch, 03-26-2012 05:38:20  
When I had my truck on with Landstar/Inway we hauled new JD tractors if I was in the Waterloo area.They were VERY PARTICULAR about having any chains touchin green paint.We had grab hooks that went in the front frame rails & rear chains went around the axles.If you were gonna get close to paint I had lots of round baler belting to put under chain.Hauled lots for Cat too,they didnt care,long as it was secure.

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03-26-2012 11:53:00

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to mkirsch, 03-26-2012 05:38:20  
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Old paint is much harder than new paint.

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Jim in Ma.

03-26-2012 09:25:46

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to mkirsch, 03-26-2012 05:38:20  
I use old fire hose over the chains for hauling things like that.

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Ralph Bauer

03-28-2012 08:34:36

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 Re: Scratching the paint in reply to Jim in Ma., 03-26-2012 09:25:46  
Good idea, thanks for the tip!

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