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#1 Nato77 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 19, 2012 - 12:16 AM

What I'm hoping to get done in next couple of weeks is get one of my Power Ho's restored. the problem I'm having is trying to decide what shade of green to paint it.

Out of the three I have this one has the best paint to get an original color match. But it was under the hand grip, so impossible to take a camera shot of it. Brought my chip book (over 20,000 chips) home from the shop and these are the 3 I've come to like the best, but can only choose one.

So this is where you guys (and ladies) come in. Which one would you pick?







Also has anyone had or know where to get decals for it made? I'll get some pics of those tomorrow.

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Posted December 19, 2012 - 01:09 AM

I'll pick number 3. Maybe you should start a poll? :thumbs:
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 02:56 AM

Three, one and then two.
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 08:33 AM

number 3. Is the best
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 09:33 AM

#3 Seems closest to me

Do you have any stores near you that have a paint scanner?
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 10:01 AM

Of those choices, I also think #3 is what you want.

Have you removed the engine? ....Often, the paint on the frame, under the engine, is a good place to see the true color.
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 11:09 AM

#3 Seems closest to me

Do you have any stores near you that have a paint scanner?

I just have to make a call and my paint guy will bring out the camera. They need a flat surface of 3" by 3" for it to work, so the handle bar won't work, but like Bruce said under the engine could be an option.


Of those choices, I also think #3 is what you want.

Have you removed the engine? ....Often, the paint on the frame, under the engine, is a good place to see the true color.


No I haven't taken the motor off yet, but I'm thinking the color under it won't be a good match being its oil soked. I'll have to that tonight.

I was leaning toward 3 my self. Making paint match is a pain sometimes, been dinking around with the Bolens cordovan brown for awhile and having a hard time getting the metal flake to look right. Getting closer though.

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Posted December 19, 2012 - 11:34 AM

3 looks the closest to me too but the lighting seems to glare off the first 2 and not the 3rd one. Don't beat yourself up too bad over this. I doubt every tractor that came down the line was the exact same shade. Differences in heat and humidity will affect the shade of paint from the same batch. I'd be willing to bet that the production line wasn't ever stopped because the paint wasn't the right shade! I used to think the same way but after you've went to great lengths to get it right and it still wasn't exactly how I envisioned it should look, I've come to except the fact that close does count in something besides horseshoes! Good luck with the resto!
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 01:14 PM

I've come to except the fact that close does count in something besides horseshoes!


Don't forget hand granades and nuclear warfare :D

I know what your saying Doug, maybe thats why I don't have anything all redone yet!

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Posted December 19, 2012 - 02:14 PM

# 3 for me too.
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Posted December 19, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Well I pulled to motor off and not a whole lot of paint under the engine, but think there should be enough to take a camera shot and see what it comes up with. Just to wait til next Wed. to see what it looks like.

Got a couple of pics of the decals for it. The redish one is off another one I have (older) and the yellowish one is the one I'm looking for. Done some searching and haven't come up with anything for the Power Hos. Also there is a decal on the rim. Does anyone have or know where I can get some decals made?

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 12:44 AM

I have rim decals.
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Posted December 20, 2012 - 08:51 AM

Does Hank Watkins make decals for the older power Ho's?
Its going to be tough to get a good match on those since they are in poor condition.

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 08:55 AM

Here's a pic of what I believe your power decal should look like. (Minus the "Gardener")

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 02:02 AM

Here's a pic of what I believe your power decal should look like. (Minus the "Gardener")

I'd say that looks about right. From what I can make out it should say "Super Huski Hoe" under the HUSKI.

 

I had my guy take a camera shot of the paint and this is what it came up with.

 

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I think I just going to run with it. Its a little brighter and shines alot more, but if I was 60+ years old don't think I'd shine like that either. Kinda tough to get a decent pic of it with all the lights in the shop.  Maybe I'll have to find a old can of fade to mix in with the paint to get it to make better.  :D


Edited by Nato77, December 29, 2012 - 02:05 AM.





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