We can sit and argue for weeks about this subject and only confuse those who have the questions. This will be a professional way to show our work, and let our efforts speak for themselves. Since so many people look to us for guidance and advice, then we need to follow through and give them what they need.
This is a 1984 John Deere 212 that I restored for a guy back in August of 2010. Everything was brought to me in pieces, as the grandson took the tractor apart and was going to restore it himself. After he saw how many pieces were involved, he gave up. So the grandfather brought it to me. The tractor was completely stripped of origianl paint, and I applied three coats of gray primer, sanding between the second and third coats with a standard brown paper bag. The primer was nothing fancy, just Restoleum Automotive Primer. After the primer sat for three days, I started applying the finish. Standard John Deere Agriculture Green from the can. Two light coats applied, then one heavy coat. I left the paint cure for four days before wet sanding with 600 grit paper. I then applied another thin coat of green followed by another heavy coat. After allowing the paint to cure again for another four days, I wet sanded again, with 1000 grit paper. Applied another heavy coat of green and allowed to set up for eight hours, and sprayed it all down with light water. Allowed the finish to cure for two weeks, then wet sanded again with 1200 grit paper. Polished each piece with polishing compound, and started the reassembly process. When the tractor was completely back together, I went over it all with three coats of wax.
I just saw the tractor this past August at a local Farm Show, and the tractor looks as good today as the day that I painted it. He doesn't use it much, other than to pull the grandkids around in the yard with a dump cart, and has since bought a John Deere 314 to do all the yard work with now, but he's threatening to drop off the 314 sometime for me to restore and make it look as good as the 212.
Edited by johndeereelfman, October 14, 2012 - 06:18 PM.