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I Want to Paint My Tractor

Painting your tractor makes it look nice and helps to protect it.

For instance, tiny scratches eventually turn into large rust patches. Rust patches get worse over time and eventually cause structural problems.

Painting can help avoid these types of issues.

Make sure to take the time and do it right. Anybody can grab some spray paint and cover a tractor in 5 minutes. While spray paint is excellent for doing minor touch ups, it is only a patch, not a cure.

The painting process is not complicated --- just time-consuming. Take your time, be thorough, think quality, and you will be very pleased with the results.

Here are the components that go into a great paint job:

Time: You need to allocate a fair amount of time to do this right. The worse shape your tractor is in, the more time you will need to put aside.

Respirator: Paint fumes and paint dust can kill you; they can be lethal. Don't take unnecessary chances. You can find respirators at any home or automotive store. Buy a good charcoal mask.

Sandpaper: Get 60 grit, 80 grit, and 350 grit wet/dry sandpaper. You will also need a sanding block. If you have a $60+ budget, purchase a random orbital sander.

Paint: Purchase custom matched paint for the frame, grills, and wheels. You want to make sure to get the color shade perfect. Also, buy good quality, so the paint does not quickly deteriorate. You will also need to buy the correct paint thinner for whatever paint type you choose.

Paint Gun: A good paint gun will save you time and provide a nice and even coat without running.

Air Compressor: If you own a tractor, you likely have one, or need one. Get a nice 5hp model.

Spray Can Primer: Use a sandable, lacquer-based primer.

Masking Tape: Buy good quality, 2” tape.

Ok, it is time to… GET STARTED.

Before you do any painting, you need to remove all the old paint and sand down any scratched or rusty surfaces. You must sand everything you intend to paint, down to the bare m