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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Looks like a close match. On these walk behinds its real tough to get a definite match. I have a few NOS pieces from the power Ho's and if you line up the parts together you can see 3 different shades of green were used.



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:33 AM

 The pics don't really show how close it is, but if your looking at it in person its very close. Now to get the paint for the wheels. Ordered some paint and its more of an orange verses yellow. Will get some pics of it 1st part of the week.



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 11:49 AM

Take this with a grain of salt or verify it for yourself, but Rick Dale from American Restoration said that you can degloss or flatten any paint by adding a little corn starch to it. I assume the less you add, the less effect it has. Now I realize it may or may not change the color and it may not have the effect you are looking for, but I feel it may look more authentic. I don't think antique paints had the same gloss that we get today. If I remember correctly, I think I read that certain parts of a John Deere were brush painted as it came down the line in the 30's. The color may not change, but surely the amount of gloss will make it appear somewhat different.

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 02:00 PM

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 03:38 PM

I'll get some of that mixed too. That looks to be a little more oranger than yellower.



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Posted January 07, 2013 - 02:12 PM

Well I finally got some colors sprayed out. Been under the weather and busy.

The lighter of the two is what wilberj uses on his ridemasters and darker is one I picked. Personally I think I'll go with the darker one being it the closest, but still abit dark.

The rim with a tire is older than the bare rim. A guy don't realize how inconsistant paint was back then.

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Posted January 07, 2013 - 07:22 PM

Yeah the darker yellow would be what I would use.

Bolens must have experimented with a darker yellow for a couple years then switched back to the light yellow.

 

My 55' Versa-Matic's yellow paint is just like your darker sample and my 58' Versa-Matic has a brighter yellow like the ridemaster yellow.



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Posted January 07, 2013 - 11:08 PM

I think the darker color is correct for the Power Ho's and early VersaMatics.

 

The lighter color was used on Ride-A-Matics and VersaMatics starting approx 1956 or 1957.



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Posted January 07, 2013 - 11:29 PM

Look to me the darker yellow is still to dark...



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Posted January 08, 2013 - 09:30 AM

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 05:53 PM

I have a Power Ho Deluxe, I would like to do a full or partial restore.  Its a model 12BB01

 

From what I've read, there are different ideas on color yellow and green?  first thing for me is to paint my wheels and put new tires and tubes on.  Any thoughts on painting the wheels the ridemaster yellow listed above?

 

Also I need decals any idea where to find them?  I thought someone used to sell them one ebay but haven't seen anything for long time now.

 

Thanks in advance



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 06:24 PM

I have a Power Ho Deluxe, I would like to do a full or partial restore.  Its a model 12BB01

 

From what I've read, there are different ideas on color yellow and green?  first thing for me is to paint my wheels and put new tires and tubes on.  Any thoughts on painting the wheels the ridemaster yellow listed above?

 

Also I need decals any idea where to find them?  I thought someone used to sell them one ebay but haven't seen anything for long time now.

 

Thanks in advance

There were atleast 3 color variations I have noticed with the green and atleast 2 on the yellow.

I would go with the darker Ridemaster yellow on the 12BB-01

 

Would love to see pics when you get a chance!



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 07:27 PM

There were atleast 3 color variations I have noticed with the green and atleast 2 on the yellow.

I would go with the darker Ridemaster yellow on the 12BB-01

 

Would love to see pics when you get a chance!

Are there any other paint codes for the greens or the darker yellow?    if someone could post a like of how to add pics would be great, every forum seems to be different.  once I figure out how to post pics I'll start my own thread with pics and plans



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Try here for info on downloading pics    http://gardentractor...file-uploading/



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 01:36 AM

Are there any other paint codes for the greens or the darker yellow?    if someone could post a like of how to add pics would be great, every forum seems to be different.  once I figure out how to post pics I'll start my own thread with pics and plans

The green I used PPG number 920570 its called Sherwin Williams equipment green. I think its a good match to my Power Ho. Also seemed to match the 12BB-01 I've got, its a 1950 model. I thought it was a custom formula, but isn't. So you should be able to get it mixed in pretty much any brand paint you want buy crossing the numbers.

Still haven't played with the yellow anymore, just to dang busy and no time to play. 

 

Hank Watkins has the decals for the Power Ho 12BB.


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