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Problem matching existing paint color

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Duane Johnson

11-08-1999 19:37:52

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I recently purchased a '41 C and am repainting some misc parts (water pump, fan, etc). The tractor was previously painted using Persian Orange. I primed the parts with a gray primer and now the orange is going on very dark. I was told that I would need to apply multiple coats before it would lighten up, but after five coats it is still as dark as ever. What am I doing wrong? Appreciate any advice.

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11-09-1999 08:00:49

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 Re: Problem matching existing paint color in reply to Duane Johnson, 11-08-1999 19:37:52  
Actually there are three "Allis Chalmers Orange" colors. Old stuff, like your B was Persian Orange No. 1; Persian Orange No. 2 starting about 1960; and "Corporate Orange" after 1977. Each new color was progressively darker and redder. Most tractor and implement enamels sold as "Allis Chalmers" orange are Corporate Orange. TISCO has an Allis Chalmers Orange that is lighter and more yellow than Corporate Orange and is a better match for the Persian Oranges, although I'm not sure if it's supposed to match No. 1 or No. 2 or something in between. TISCO (Tractor and Implement Supply Co.) is an aftermarket parts distributor and there stuff is handled by many dealers. You can buy TISCO stuff from Walt's Tractor Parts on the "parts and supplies" page at this site.

Fanatics doing pure original restorations generally use automotive paints to get a color match.

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11-09-1999 05:50:15

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 Re: Problem matching existing paint color in reply to Duane Johnson, 11-08-1999 19:37:52  
There are two shades of Persian Orange: #1 and #2. AC went to Persian Orange #2, which is a darker, redder orange, sometime in the late 50's I believe. There's lots of discussion in the archives on this subject, including paint codes for both colors.

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