How much time/painting old farm tractor!

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by larryinalabama, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Im painting my old farm tractor. My original plan was/is too do a rush job spending 8 to 10 hours.

    So I got my paint yesterday and spent a little over 100$. Then today I want to the graphics shop to see if they can reproduce the stickers, they can for 40$ so I said make some up.

    So Im going too be close to 200$ and Im thinking that it might be worth the effort to do a real nice job. Im figuring close too 30 hours.

    SO is it worth the time? The money is already spent.
     
  2. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you use the tractor? You can do a pretty quick job that looks good for a tractor that's used. Up here metal gets so pitted on old tractors its not worth doing a fancy job because it will never look great.
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  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use it, and yes theres a lot of pits, the only way to do a first class job is to strip it down to bear metal and coat it with about 3 coats of primer, wet sand and paint. Its a strong tractor and if I didn't have so many projects right now I would do the real nice job.
     
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ugh... I got about $500 worth of paint/primer in a '49 FA Cub I re-did a couple years ago, and about $650 in a '51 M.
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is what I got.

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/sto...ntry-tractor-truck--implement-1-gal-ford-blue

    I spent a little over 100$, got a quart of white, reducer and hardner.

    Im only painting the sheet metal, engine and gear box can just be touched up.

    Im leaning towards a fast job.
     
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    I've always used Sherwin Williams.... I can get a good deal on the paint because we mow for a Federated Auto Parts store, but he can't give much of a discount on the hardener, reducer, primer, all that other "needed" crap.

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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Im positive that would be a lot better, but I think SW industrial paint is
    about 80$ a gallon. Our local Sherwin Williams doesn't know anything about paint.

    I have bought a lot of automotive paint from paintforcars.com.

    Back in the day I alaways went to NAPA and bought Martin Senor, it was good paint for the $$$$, but NAPAs around here don't mix paint anymore.

    Im a little worried how well this 30$ paint is going to go throught the gun, I did buy extra reducer.

    Oh well its a work machine and the biggest thing is to keep the rust off it.
     
  8. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bet this is where you end up going. Slippery slope,
     
  9. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bet this is where you end up going. Slippery slope,
    Reminds me of Yoda's advice to Luke about the dark side.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Tractor is Blue man, Blue.
     

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