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Posted December 05, 2013 - 10:40 PM

I agree Jerome Hoping to get three ridemasters painted before the bolens meet next year two are just repaint's so those will be easy scuff an paint Will display grader, disc plow an that cultivator setup I have Unless I get a dumpbox before hand I'm pretty sure the orange/yellow color I have the wheels powder coated is a good match It matches up to the r-525

 

 

How about the yellow on the newer Ridemaster you got?

 

Is R525 that the nice one you picked up?


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Posted December 05, 2013 - 10:46 PM

It's that safety yellow color same as the yellow used on the 56-57 ride-a-matics Yes r525 is the ridemaster I got up in Joliet

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Posted December 06, 2013 - 08:54 AM

Doc., I can see what the belt guard looks like on the inside off of the Power Ho if you think it's from the right era? I don't know what year it is?

 

It wouldn't hurt to have another sample



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Posted December 06, 2013 - 08:55 AM

It's that safety yellow color same as the yellow used on the 56-57 ride-a-matics Yes r525 is the ridemaster I got up in Joliet

 

 

Do you have pictures of your 56' Ride-a-Matics?

Would like to see some original Color samples



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Posted December 06, 2013 - 07:20 PM

It wouldn't hurt to have another sample


I will get you a good picture Monday when I get back to the shop.
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Posted February 22, 2014 - 11:30 PM

I am beginning to think that the Sherwin-Williams Equipment Green is a VERY close match to the green that Bolens used in the late '40's and very early 50's. Here is a pic of the engine base on my 1951 Power Ho Deluxe after I cleaned off the decades of crud. I say 1951 based solely on the Briggs & Stratton 8R6 engine serial number.

 

Some of the confusion about color may be due to gloss level. Paints today seem to have a much glossier appearance than they did back in the 1940's -50's.

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Posted February 22, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Friend of mine did some digging around in old paint books an he found a J.I. Case shamrock green that was from the 40's an 50's He had some mixed it sure looks close to the original an the time period fits Just throwing this out there
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Posted February 23, 2014 - 08:39 AM

I am beginning to think that the Sherwin-Williams Equipment Green is a VERY close match to the green that Bolens used in the late '40's and very early 50's. Here is a pic of the engine base on my 1951 Power Ho Deluxe after I cleaned off the decades of crud. I say 1951 based solely on the Briggs & Stratton 8R6 engine serial number.

 

Some of the confusion about color may be due to gloss level. Paints today seem to have a much glossier appearance than they did back in the 1940's -50's.

 

Thats a good sample!  (Not faded)

 

Notice the tank is a different color than the engine as that is the color it faded to over the years.

 

I'll have to get some of this mixed for myself and to a test sample on a apart.


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Posted February 23, 2014 - 09:32 AM

When I did my first Ridemaster four years ago, I looked at any Ridemaster photos that I could find and severial of them looked like they were painted John Deere colors.

I tried to find out what the correct color would be but there weren't as many Ridemaster owners on line back then so I wasn't able to get a definite paint color decision.

 

By experimenting on my own, I decided to use the Valspar Oliver green and the new Cub Cadet yellow.

The green is a shade or two darker than the John Deere color and the yellow is a lot darker than the John Deere color.

 

In comparing this color combination to the photo of Aarons avatar ( gunstuff1000),   I see that my green color is darker than his tractor but the yellow looks to be about the same.

 

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Posted February 23, 2014 - 10:27 AM

I think what Ray used is too dark.

So far it seems the Sherwin Williams Equipment green is the best option. I'll have to see if I can get a pint mixed up at my local store.

 

It would be great if we could get this early color solved as we would basically have the entire Green/Yellow lineup covered from 1948-1960

 

 

Aaron, Do you have more pictures you could post of the Ridemaster in your avatar picture?



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Posted June 10, 2014 - 08:06 AM

Alright, so now that I need to get a match to restore my Ridemaster I'm going to have to get this thread going again and start busting out some samples!

 

Stay tuned!

 

The auto parts guys love me cause I always end up walking out with $100 in failed sample cans :D :firejumper: :beer: :wallbanging:



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Posted June 14, 2014 - 08:19 AM

I think while on my quest to find a match on the older paint , I accidentally stumbled across the Bright green paint used possibly in 1954 and Definitely in 1955.

 

Test sample is next to the hole

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 11:07 PM

It looks close, but I think it shouldn't be as bright and a little more vivid or more depth to it. If any of that makes sense.

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 03:41 PM

are you using lacquer or water base as this can cause distortion between colors . lacquer will look the same in a test area with one coat but to get the same result with waterbase it takes a basecoat / clearcoat to achieve the same gloss and color :thumbs:



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Posted June 19, 2014 - 07:08 PM

are you using lacquer or water base as this can cause distortion between colors . lacquer will look the same in a test area with one coat but to get the same result with waterbase it takes a basecoat / clearcoat to achieve the same gloss and color :thumbs:

 

No water base is used on my stuff!

I'm an old fashioned Laquer/Oil base kind of guy :D






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