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Posted December 15, 2014 - 11:35 PM

Ok, this question is more for my selfish purpose of finding the right shade of red for my older Springfield which is a rather orangish red, like some of the earlier wheel horses. So I think this might apply to and help wheel horse guys too. Found three possible paint options and was curious if others used these and the finished result of that shade / brand of red on a redone tractor. The three candidates are:
Ace Rust Stop Regal Red
Ace Rust Stop Safety Red
Duplicolor Chrysler Industial Red (engine enamel)
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Posted December 15, 2014 - 11:44 PM

All I can offer to you Casey is that a lot of the restorers use Krylon Regal Red and say it's very close to the old WH red. I have read in different things that originally, Elmer Pond used the old Farm-All red when they got started in the early years. Good Luck Buddy !! :thumbs:

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Posted December 16, 2014 - 12:31 AM

If I had to choose from the three you mentioned if there all close in color I would go with the duplicolor that paint lays down nice for a rattle can
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Posted December 16, 2014 - 05:16 AM

I use Rustolium Regal Red....others use Rustolium Sunshine Red....Both rattle can paint, although both are made in pints & quarts and can be thinned & hardener applied.

There are 100's of "reds" so it is what suits you and your painting abilities.

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Posted December 16, 2014 - 05:47 AM

I use Rustoleum Regal Red for a lot of the implements I have built. Used it on Big Bertha, too. I don't see much Orange tint in it though. Just a Dark Red.

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Posted December 19, 2014 - 01:14 AM

I use rustoleum regal red. I like the color. For my next project I bought IH implement red. I have heard, (only in the rumor mills) its better and closer to the wheel horse red. Not having used it yet, I cant tell you. The IH paint will be applied with a hvlp spray gun.

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Posted January 09, 2015 - 08:40 PM

Another vote for Rustoleum Regal Red.


For the rims, I use Duplicolor Heavy Duty Wheel Paint, silver on newer models.

White "ish" rims, usually back to Rustoleum Linen or close. 


On my shop bench, I label cans; i.e.: WH Red, Work Horse Gray, pickup truck.


The Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric paints are excellent. Used their red on my pickup truck fabric seats, their black on a gray vinyl tractor seat. Black on the vinyl really holds up too!


Drivin' down the road I saw a totalled Jazzy trashed. Stopped and pulled the seat, gray. Trashed the arm rests, broken badly, too bad to use. Cushions and their covers just snap off. Made drillin' some matching mounting holes easy 'nough. Sprayed the gray seat with Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric black, so far, a year, still holding up great. Comfy seat and folds down if desired. Mounted on my '85 416-8.



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Posted January 10, 2015 - 09:49 AM

I'll add another vote for Rustoleum Regal red. I just happened to have an unopened old 1/2 pint can of the Ace Regal red in the cabinet so I tried it for minor touch-ups like bolt heads, etc. and I found it to be a nearly perfect match to the Rustoleum. One thing though, these reds don't have an orangish hue to them and Wheel Horses don't either. Are you sure the orange hue you are referring to on older models isn't just the paint aging and fading?

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Posted January 10, 2015 - 08:03 PM

I also use and like the Rustoleum Regal Red.  Use the gray primer under it as the 'rust color' primer will make the red appear darker.  A light sanding between coats is essential and stay within the recommended re-coating window, 10–30 minutes or more than 24 hours.  I highly recommend several layers of Clear Coat when you're done, but that should be a week later if you can wait. They recommend waiting up to four weeks before applying decals, but no one ever does.  If you're painting this time of year, good luck on maintaining the recommended temperature.

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Posted January 10, 2015 - 08:39 PM

I just converted a upstairs room of my shop (old house) to be a well insulated, heated paint room. :D

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