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Equiptment paint codes

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by larryinalabama, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,234

    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???
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    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.
     
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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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?
     
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    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.
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,234

    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?
     
  6. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 826

    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.
     
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

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  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    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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