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To Paint Or Not To Paint, That Is The Question


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#1 CubHorse80 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 04, 2013 - 08:57 AM

I need some help...

 

My wheel horse b80 is in really good shape but it has some surface rust and some spotty regular rust. I love the look of the rustyish old paint, but i also love the look of the new shiny red.

 

Should i repaint the whole thing come next spring?

 

Im rebuilding the engine around christmas, so should i just go ahead and paint and do a partial restoration? or should i get her running perfect and keep her looking old and awesome...

 

THIS IS A HUGE DILEMMA.

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P.S... i changed my user name.... :bounce:

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Posted December 04, 2013 - 09:27 AM

From the way it looks in the pictures I would leave it stay until after the winter is over, let it be a sleeper. The paint does not look that bad at all.

 In fact It looks like a nice looking tractor.

 

Dick


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 09:30 AM

You're right, that tractor looks awesome just the way it is.  Personally, if it were mine and I used the tractor regularly (and it looks like you do) I would keep it as is.  Once you paint it, you'll cringe everything you get a new scratch.  Besides, nothing protects like the original paint.  Some folks will give their tractor a coat of diesel fuel which will protect the rusted areas from getting any worse and give the existing paint a nice shine.  I've never done this (not sure I would want to really) but I know of people who have.  Sure would make the tractor stink.


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 09:49 AM

It's personal preference,, I dont like really faded paint or rusty metal myself.  If it were mine I would be painting those rims and then they would look real nice so I would have to repaint the rest of the machine.  Paint that plow moldboard now, the snow will want stick to that rust instead of sliding off. 


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 09:50 AM

Gotcha. I do really like how it is now, i still havent cleaned it good yet either. I plan on cleaning it today then im gonna try to get it to shine a bit.


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 10:05 AM

I like it as is.  I prefer working tractors wear working clothes.  It is a great looking tractor.  If you retire it to shows or just for looking at, give it a new suit.  


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 10:48 AM

This tractor has patina!


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Keep it original. If you need a project,buy another one. Just make sure it has lots of rust. :rolling:


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Posted December 04, 2013 - 01:08 PM

ALL DEPENDS ON HOW MANY GTS YOU OWN MOST OF MINE HAVE BEEN RESTORED. BUT I ALSO HAVE MY WORKERS AND THERE JOB IS JUST THAT, SO I DON'T CARE HOW THEY LOOK. GET TO WORK.
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Posted December 04, 2013 - 01:28 PM

Give it a good Detail and wax job and see how it looks then. A lot of rust will disappear when you clean it up. Maybe buy another fender pan off of epay that's got good original paint to dress it up more.
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Posted December 04, 2013 - 03:21 PM

Who were you be4 you were Cub horsey?

 

I would just paint the right half and then decide which way you like it.



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Posted December 04, 2013 - 03:32 PM

i like the original look



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Posted December 04, 2013 - 05:17 PM

This is how this works,, You need to paint the blade to keep the snow from sticking,,, Then the rims will need to be touched up so they don't rust,, once that is done then the rest of the tractor will look shabby so a paint job is in order, guess what, once it is painted up then the seat won't look right on there, OH never mind. It looks great the way it is.
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Posted December 04, 2013 - 05:22 PM

When I worked at the tollway, we would paint the plows so they wouldn't rust. However, the snow would stick to the paint until they were used enough to wear the paint off and polish the steel. Then, it wouldn't stick.



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Posted December 04, 2013 - 08:18 PM

It is your tractor, you can do anything you want.

 

But if it was my tractor I would leave it original and paint something else that needs it more then the Wheel Horse.






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