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#1 1963Craftsman's OFFLINE  

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Posted September 01, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Hi All,

 

I am in a dilemma and could use some advice on what to decide. I am fixing up the paint on my electric start Craftsman power unit because it did not meet my standards. I want the stuff I am painting to color match or very closely color match the rest of the tractor, and with that said I went to my local paint store to see what paint I needed. They gave me a price of $200 before tax for the reducer, activator, primer, and paint in a pint liquid. If I were to do this with 3 spray cans of each, which I prefer more it would cost $193.00 before tax. I got all the parts sandblasted and I put rust-oleum flat grey primer on, and I was thinking of putting rust-oleum yellow paint on the tractor parts then putting the good paint from the paint store on as a "top coat". The paint store guy says he strongly advises away from doing that because the paint would lift because the paint I would use is activated. He also advises using their stuff to do the job and stripping the rust-oleum primer I sprayed on everything off, which I do NOT want to do since it is on there already and would eat up more time. As I mentioned before, it would cost me $200 before tax for a pint liquid set up and if I were to do this with 3 spray cans of each it would cost $193.00 before tax. I talked with my stepdads friend who was a painter back in the day, and he technically agrees with the paint store guy BUT my way would work too but would take longer. The finances are not really an issue well, let me rephrase that they kind of are because I don't want to spend that type of cash if I don't have to but will if absolute need be. It's just the time I am concerned about. I want the tractor done for the first weekend of October because there is a tractor show I want to take it to and make the tractors "debut" if you will but I would still need to put it all together. My goal is to hopefully take best of show with this tractor but I am still undecided on what to do. 

 

All of this said I am debating whether to strip everything off again and spend the $200, or if I should take the "cheap way" out and put the rust-oleum paint on the tractor parts then putting the good paint from the paint store on as a "top coat".

 

Any suggestions, comments, and help would be appreciated. thanks everyone in advance.  


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Posted September 01, 2020 - 11:56 AM

If you are trying to compete at Zagray, I wouldn't bother. I've never noticed them do it as a contest. I painted cars in the 1960s through 1990s. I have seen some paint jobs on tractors at Zagray that blew me away. Save your money, be patient, visit shows, and learn from the people at the shows. Like I said before, go with an empty truck incase you find something that you can't live without. Have cash to take advantage of the parts for sale. Only pay for what is offered in front of you. Did you check out the site  https://svaec.com/ ? Good Luck, Rick



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Posted September 01, 2020 - 12:15 PM

If you are trying to compete at Zagray, I wouldn't bother. I've never noticed them do it as a contest. I painted cars in the 1960s through 1990s. I have seen some paint jobs on tractors at Zagray that blew me away. Like I said before, go with an empty truck incase you find something that you can't live without. Have cash to take advantage of the parts for sale. Only pay for what is offered in front of you. 

 

Not compete at Zagray, but just have it ready and not in primer. Would people so have parts for my Craftsman's?



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Posted September 01, 2020 - 06:27 PM

You never know what will show up there. I was looking through a box of miscellaneous items labelled $1 each. I came across a beautiful fancy brass belt buckle for the Operating Engineers Union. For $1, I bought it and gave it to a friend who belonged to the union. He took it to a meeting and nobody had ever seen one like it. It was probably over 40 years old and he really likes it.

I've found all kinds of tools and parts there. You might even find a parts tractor. Part of the fun is the hunt. Good Luck, Rick


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