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Posted June 25, 2013 - 07:47 PM

All the Power Ho's I've seen from 49' and up all have been the light green like my idler pulley....


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Posted June 25, 2013 - 07:48 PM

Going to try less metallic in the next run as I think this batch was a tad too light

Will post updates.... Already $50+ in the Green paint experiment so cant stop now until i get this right!



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Posted June 26, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Going to try less metallic in the next run as I think this batch was a tad too light

Will post updates.... Already $50+ in the Green paint experiment so cant stop now until i get this right!

I know what you mean on trying to get it right. The yellow I came up with for the Power Ho wheels was begining to make me pull my hair out. I have about $125 in getting it as close as  I did. Was happy with the outcome when I compared it to a NOS rim Aaron had when I went to see him. Was just a shade off but close enough that I was happy with it.

 

I bought a 50' briggs off a Power Ho and it was the same color green as 45' - 48's I have. The dark green you have looks like it could of been from the early 40's tractors. I've only seen one with a green that dark that had some of the original paint left on it.

 

Here's a pic of the green I came up with for my Power Ho's.

 

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It doesn't look that close in the pic until you get it out in the sun. Then its almost a perfect match.

 


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Posted June 26, 2013 - 01:08 PM

That looks pretty good

The Green from the NOS can I was thinking went on the  Hi-Boys or Gardener's but can only speculate as I have not seen enough of them to come up with a definitive answer.

 

Supposedly Bolens would take the lowest bidder on paint manufactures so they could have very well have switched brands of paint during a production run which may be the reason every Ride-a-Matic or Versa-Matic you see all appear to have a slightly different shade of green to them, even if they were made the same year :hitting_self_roller:

 

 

As much as I hate to go with "Close Enough" I'm starting to come to a conclusion we may have to settle for that with these early year Paint schemes.



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 09:38 AM

Went to see my friends at our local NAPA and they let me borrow their vintage paint chip catalog from 57'-87'

Went through the entire book and found 2 close possible stock colors that even have metallic in them

 

Took some pics but I strongly urge you to take the numbers down and go to your local store and see the colors for yourself as the camera does change the colors a bit.

 

Even found the Cordovan for the tubeframes!!!!! ( pic does not do the color justice, but I believe this to be a 100% match)

 

 

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 09:40 AM

The colors are Fountain green Poly and Glenwood Green Poly

Brand of paint is Sherwin Williams but they are not cheap at $40 per quart.

Interestingly the colors are from 60'-62' vehicles which is also the same era Bolens was using this green color.....



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Fountain green Poly looks a little to blue is the color above it close the 50-55 tractors?



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 05:49 PM

Fountain green Poly looks a little to blue is the color above it close the 50-55 tractors?

 

It looks better in person... 50-55' was a flat paint that was light green Didn't find anything in this catalog for that era.



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 06:36 PM

Scanned the pages again and found an even closer match!

 

There's Jade Green Poly

then the Jolly Green poly which looks Very close and appears to have some metallic.

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Posted July 04, 2013 - 06:37 PM

I think We got something with the Jolly Green!


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Posted July 04, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Looks right to me.


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Posted July 04, 2013 - 08:29 PM

I think I'll get a quart of the Jolly Green mixed up tomorrow and see how that looks



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Posted July 04, 2013 - 08:50 PM

  1. I wouldn't go to crazy I would just get it as close as I can... I painted my 850 white I know its suppose to be cream but I like white better honestly but if you want it perfect I know you will find a way... maybe the "old bolens man" can help you?


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Posted July 04, 2013 - 08:54 PM

 

  1. I wouldn't go to crazy I would just get it as close as I can... I painted my 850 white I know its suppose to be cream but I like white better honestly but if you want it perfect I know you will find a way... maybe the "old bolens man" can help you?

 

 

I'm determined to get it right once and for all. Hopefully this Jolly Green can be made up at all auto parts stores once we get a code made that way we can finally all have a color to use for our restorations and never have to go through this again.

 

Of Course this color is only for 57'-60' so there's still plenty of colors yet to be determined :wallbanging:


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Posted July 04, 2013 - 11:20 PM

I didn't even think of looking in my old chip books for that Cordovan brown.  Just when you think you've tried every possible color combination the right one was always under your nose.

 

Hope the Jolly green works out for you.






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