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Flint Grey - Shine?

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DavidP, South Wales

08-13-2019 10:31:07

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Hi everyone,
I've just sprayed the Float-a-matic seat from my 150 today in MF Vintage red for the seat pan and Flint Grey for the suspension frame etc. My normal thing for the last coat is around 80% thinners and 20 % paint to give the item a shine. I did this with the seat and it looks great. Did the same thing with the Flint Grey and it's come up more of a matt finish. I'm not using 2-pack just ordinary synthetic tractor paint. Should Flint Grey have a shine or does the 'metallic' composition rule out having a shiny finish? If it should have a shine how do any of you regular sprayers do it? Is there a type of 'varnish' to use as a last coat? Would the same apply to Silver Mist on the wheels and grill etc?
Any help and info would be very much appreciated.
DavidP, South Wales

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08-15-2019 08:10:02

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 Re: Flint Grey - Shine? in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 08-13-2019 10:31:07  
Even without the hardener you should get a shine (I always use the gloss hardener), sounds like the thinner you are using is drying too fast. On another note have you used that brand of paint before.

My 135 using the gloss hardener.

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M Carp

08-15-2019 06:27:12

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 Re: Flint Grey - Shine? in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 08-13-2019 10:31:07  
I meant to add that I don't remember using flint grey on that 1958 MF 85 but I did used a bunch of MF Flint Metallic Grey, MF Silver Mist and MF Red. That MF dealer I dealt with in 2000 is no longer in business.

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M Carp

08-15-2019 06:17:19

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 Re: Flint Grey - Shine? in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 08-13-2019 10:31:07  
I'm just about finished with the restoration of my 135. I used PPG/Omni single stage. The largest part I painted flint grey was the gas tank. The paint ratio is 4:1:1. 4 parts paint, 1 part reducer and 1 part hardener. The flint grey really shines with the 'wet look' hardener.
The nearest MF dealer did not stock MF paint and would only order gallons at a time so that is why I used automotive paint. I restored a MF 85 in 2000 and used MF paint and was happy with the results and shine.

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44 massey

08-14-2019 19:47:05

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 Re: Flint Grey - Shine? in reply to DavidP, South Wales, 08-13-2019 10:31:07  
Painted my sons MF35 almost a year ago!!! I used NAPA Crossfire single stage paint ( both MF vintage red and the metallic flint grey) with the harder ( no clear coat applied) and was (am) very pleased with the shine even yet and he uses the tractor almost dayly!!!

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