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Posted June 23, 2014 - 06:21 PM

Really! That seems kinda surprising. Did you try a place that can mix PPG products? If you want I could mail you a spray out then you could get it color matched where you get your paint.

 

I went to a couple auto parts stores and went to the Sherwin Williams "homeland" (Main retailer in our area) and they couldn't even do it!

What magical place did you get this mixed??



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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:05 PM

The next two samples, the brighter of the two below, is the "Lucky Green" which is also known as the "Shamrock" green that Aaron Mentioned earlier in this thread

 

I just took a bunch of pics outside and in the house.

 

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Then to add fuel to the fire I found an original grip on a Power Ho lever that I soaked in hot water to get the grip off to find the same color paint as under the ID tag of the Ridemasters! So the color under these tags is not a fluke.

 

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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:34 PM

Whats the others colors name you used?



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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:40 PM

Whats the others colors name you used?

 

"Green" 



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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:54 PM

"Green" 

 

:hitting_self_roller:    Was the other color one you used on the card....


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:56 PM

:hitting_self_roller:    Was the other color one you used on the card....

 

No.....

I'm serious, its really called ''Green"


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Posted June 23, 2014 - 07:59 PM

No.....

I'm serious, its really called ''Green"

 

 

Well both dont look to far off mix them....  Your driving me nuts with the photos one looks good then another photo makes it look off.   :wallbanging:



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Posted June 23, 2014 - 08:28 PM

Well both dont look to far off mix them....  Your driving me nuts with the photos one looks good then another photo makes it look off.   :wallbanging:

 

This one looks the best in Photo and in person IMO

 

What do you think?

 

We are getting down to almost no other options, Went through the entire Martin senior Catalogs page by page as well as Sherwin Williams

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Posted June 23, 2014 - 09:27 PM

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I know this not the best way to do this....

 

 

Try some one that can custom mix paint maybe that would be simple.....


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Posted June 24, 2014 - 05:37 PM

I'm getting close, Went through all the stock colors and no match, so I found this color that is very close and tomorrow I'm going to add some blue to a quart to make the color more dark.

I think I can add 1/2 a gram at a time and test.

 

AS much as I hate to admit this , This color Bolens used is close to the dreaded JD green. It is what it is though and if they painted them this color thats what its going to be, will post the final  sample tomorrow!

 

 

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Matched with a Faded Exterior sample

 

 

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Matched up with Ridemaster ID tag & Power Ho Handle

 

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Posted June 24, 2014 - 06:01 PM

I can appreciate all the time and research that you have put into the hunting for the right color, but there is no way I'm going to paint my Ridemasters with the color that you are coming up with.

I'm sticking with the darker green that I have on my tractors now.   Even with the darker green, everyone still thinks there painted John Deere Green.

Whenever possible, I park my Ridemasters next to my JD crawler or someone else's JD so you can see the differance in the paint.


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Posted June 24, 2014 - 06:12 PM

To each his own I guess.

My goal is to get as close to what the factory came up with , whether it be a color I like or not.

I appreciate all your guys opinions but I respectfully disagree that any of the Oliver or darker green was ever used on these machines.

Please know that this is not knocking anyone's choice on color, I'm just trying to preserve history as more and more are painted each day and overtime if we dont do something quick the original color will never be found.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 07:46 PM

The results are in!

 

I went back today for the last time to figure this paint out once and for all. I was close yesterday but it needed a bit of tweaking that was not in the stock catalogs. The guys at napa were kind enough to let me have full control of the paint mixer! :bounce:

I began adding 5 Grams of a code blue paint and started testing bit by bit, finally after 12 Grams I found what looked to be a very suitable match to the Green found in places on My Ridemaster and Other bits of pieces off Bolens Power Ho's of the same era.

 

Below Are my results:

 

First picture shows what I started with yesterday and what I came up with today (New sample on left)

 

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While stripping the paint off the engine I found some more paint to showcase that these tractors were not painted Dark green

Not the best source for a match but you get the idea

The main thing to view is the top portion of the Power Ho lever. I put the new sample along the sides of the original paint and you can hardly tell them apart. The bottom portion has old samples.The original can still be spotted due to it being "Flat" but with the paints made today there's no getting around the shine.

 

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In my opinion this matches up around 93% to the original color used during this time period.

Let me know what you think!

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Posted June 25, 2014 - 08:04 PM

Hey can you get me a code I'll get some mixed and put it next to my cleaned tag area.  I like this color best I seen yet. 


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 08:12 PM

Its in my car, will post it tomorrow

Any NAPA can mix this, its basically a stock color with 12 additional grams of a blue color added to it.

 

My ID tag shown to be a bit lighter than the power ho Grip, my only guess would be is over the years some moisture may have crept in? The power Ho grip was sealed upright for years which makes sense it had a more dark color to it.

 

Another thing that may be of interest is I did find the bright green specs on the carriage bolts of the grader blade as well........


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