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Old 10-13-2012, 09:33 AM
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Equiptment paint codes

Is there any access to manufactires paint codes, I may paint one some of my mowers this winter. So how do I get the paint mixed???

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Old 10-13-2012, 09:37 AM
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my local Napa has sherwin williams paint chips with major manufacturers codes already. I've had Exmark, IH, and Husq paint mixed and I know they had Scag, JD and at least a dozen more.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the reply thats cool. If I take a part to them can they match it that way, like homedepoit does with house paint?
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:48 AM
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Oh ya, any automotive store that mixes paint should have literally thousands of paint chip samples with code numbers, worse case scenario you just take in a piece of it and physically match it up. I restore old tractors/garden tractors in my "spare" time during the winter and the first time I got paint mixed I learned there were about 10 different IH reds, all looked the same to me, but one had a rust inhibitor, one was for clear coat/base coat, blah, blah....

Just be prepared if you "do it right" it can be somewhat costly. I went to school with the owners son of the local Napa, so I don't have to pay for paint (woo hoo!), but I still have to pay for the reducer, hardener, primer, all that stuff and you can easily have $300+ in a decent paint job.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:52 AM
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Its been many years since I painted anything.
How much is a quart of acrilic enamel these days? 1 Gallon reducer? and hardeer?

Also do I mix 1 part paint with 2 parts reducer?
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:33 PM
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Depends... I've painted a few cars over the years and I've paid prices all over the place depending on the color, 2 stage, single stage, metallic, etc. Red is the worst because it doesn't hide very well.

The paint shop I buy from will usually reduce it for you and sell you a ready to spray mix for no additional charge. The only thing you have to mix is clear & catalyst which is usually 4:1 for all the clears I've sprayed. Then I usually add a tiny bit of reducer to the clear to help it lay flatter and reduce orange peel depending on the weather.

For a mower, single stage is fine.
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The paint I normally use is 8:4:1 paint...reducer...hardener. it's a single stage commercial grade from Sherwin Williams. A gallon of paint can run all over the board.
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