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#1 318User OFFLINE  

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 09:41 PM

So I just had a few questions since this is my first restore (I'm restoring a 318) What paint are you guys using on the frame? I'm going to sandblast the frame first then primer then spray. Did you remove all the hydraulics? Also did anyone leave the hydro stat transmission in place and spray that too when they were painting the frame? I would obviously tape off various items. Has anyone reprinted the dash? How did it turn out? Did you hand paint the raised symbols? Any and every painting tip is much appreciated as this is my first under taking. Lastly what's the best way to drain all the hydraulic fluid?
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Posted March 31, 2014 - 09:49 PM

Check out my 120 thread for pics of the work I did.  It will give you a good idea on my prep and paint work. 


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 05:28 AM

Here is a link to my 317 rebuild. I find the key is to use a good primer. I think I used a filler/primer on the 317 but if doing it again I would probably go with the self etching primer that I used on the console rebuild. As long as you have it down to bare metal that works really well. I also repainted the dash which you can see later in the thread.

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 03:57 PM

@ Trav1s how do I find your 120 thread?

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 04:14 PM

@ Trav1s how do I find your 120 thread?

I think this is it.



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 04:30 PM

I think this is it.

 

 

That is it!  Here are some other thoughts:

 

  • Prep is critical, both before primer and between coats.  I stripped down to bare metal and used various different types of primer.  I wiped all bare metal down with a tack rag before primer.  
  • I used a large wire wheel on a Dewalt grinder to remove paint.  Wipe parts down with a tack rag and mineral spirits/paint thinner before painting.  ALWAYS wear a respirator and safety glasses.  
  • I like Deere/Valspar paint.  Stick with one brand through the project (primer is not as critical in my experience)
  • Use Deere buff color primer under yellow for best results.  
  • Take your time and allow plenty of time to dry between coats.  
  • With rattle cans there is a very fine line between not enough paint and too much.  Getting that right depends on temps, humidity, and application speed.  Start on smaller parts if you are new to paint work.
  • Fender pans are a pain to get right with rattle cans.

Any ?'s feel free to ask!

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