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Painting 1988 Craftsman Tractor


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Old 08-31-2017, 12:50:50 PM
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I know nothing about painting with a spray gun I have a gun brand new my son-in-law gave me maybe I should buy the water separator for my compressor and do it myself . Rattle can is only thing I've ever used but it comes right off if you hit it or anything. Here is what local parts store suggested. Acrylic enamel intermix crossfire moderate red reducer standard hardener self etching primer this is in rattle can this is for hood deck and rims frame and mower deck will be black can I use rustoleum for primer or should I use the $ 10.00 buck a can stuff they want to sell me ?


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Ronny dose your Proctologist pull your teeth? Buy the right primer for the paint you use.
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If you are going to use a paint gun and mixed paints,make sure all that stuff is compatible or you will be redoing the job. Nothing worse than getting it all smoothed up and primed,only to get a bunch of fish eyes and bubbles from the wrong kind of paint. I could show you on the doors of my truck what happens.

I will be honest, if you get about 3 cans of Rustoluem professional Silver and a can or 2 of black, and the professional primer, and use as directed your tractor will look fine.
Most of a paint job is in the surface prep.
I have not had this Porter Cable out of the shed in 10 years but the paint is still in decent shape under all the dust. I really need to get it out.
This pic was took shortly after it was done. This was Rustoleum Hammer Green and Rustoleum Hardhat white . The Hard Hat is from Granger. I aint sure if it is any better than the professional from Lowes or not.
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UGLYBLUE66 . I was just Leary of rustolium it is never very durable and after a while fades in sun you professionals know what I mean . May have friend do it or pay to have it done .

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Boy that tractor does look nice Did you use a spray gun have to thin it if you did ?

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All spray can . 16 oz i think.
The white engine, once the paint fully cured,I accidentally spilled gas on it,wiped it off and there was no damage to the paint.
Sad thing is,I think they changed their formula a while back. May not be as gas resistant as it used to be.
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I 'm sand blasting rims in the morning have decided to use the self etching primer .

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Painted rims with rattle can primer paint shop suggested I use and had friend use his sprayer to paint the rims with lacquer automotive paint. They came out ok not professional but ok but all painted surface rough. and showed some imperfections in blasted surface . Friend suggested I put coat of rattle can lacquer clear on them . I put several coats at least 4 and they finally shine and are smooth not as smooth as a candy apple but ok. I want to sand blast rest of tractor and have some one paint it so it looks professionally done . How can I accomplish this and not spend a fortune that this tractor is not worth . By the way what made paint job not shiny and smooth I told paint shop I didn't want to paint sand clear coat just wanted paint to shine after applied any suggestions ?

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lacquer isn't shiny without buffing or clear. if you just want shiny smooth paint I would suggest using an enamel. or acrylic enamel. hardener will make it tougher, shineyer? and more dangerous to spray. The hardener is pretty nasty stuff to breath. I always use enamel. cut it with the correct reducer, not mineral spirits but enamel reducer. 3/4 paint to 1/4 reducer has always been a good starting point for me.

I've had pretty good luck with the paint TSC sells. use their hardener if you want. get the reducer from a paint store TSC will try to sell you mineral spirits. A water trap at the compressor, a small water filter at the gun helps too. and a good pressure regulator too. Surprisingly I've had pretty good luck with the cheapo Harbor freight purple spray gun that sells for @$9.99 on sale. Clean it with acetone before you use it .
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