Posted on February 18th, 2009 by ploughmyfield.
How I paint my parts.
I had a question on the website:
“Wandered if I could pick your brain? What do you know about painting, as we know nothing about it but hope to paint our TEF engine whilst it is all in bits and easier to get to. Could I ask how you’ve prepared yours and then painted it?”
I thought this was an area that might interest others and spark some debate about how others paint there tractors.
As a minimum I carry out a strip down of the major items.
I try to carry out a nut and bolt strip down wherever possible.
Degreaser available from Screwfix Part Number: 47781
Using masking tape mask off the areas you don’t want paint to go.
400ml Spray can, MF part number: 393 192 8M7
Tin of Paint 1Litre, MF part number: 393 102 8M5
Specifically focusing on Steves question about the engine.
I’ve followed the steps above to paint the parts with undercoat. I then assembled the items back onto the engine block before painting. I’ve used the acid etch primer on the block and then undercoat. With all the parts back inplace on the engine I now spray topcoat on all parts. I have left the exhaust manifold off or masked as I have painted this in a special high temperature paint.
For the engine I know people who have hand painted both primer and topcoat. I believe once you’ve done a good job at getting back down to the bare metal spray or brush can be used to apply the paint. This isn’t going to be a show tractor so I am not worried about the surface finish of the metal on the block or parts. I won’t be filling them with anything or using 2 pac paints.
I asked a pro once… “should I paint the bolt heads before I assemble the parts or after I have assembled them” Both was his reply, thanks Alan.
————– Nov 2009 update, a great DVD available on this subject————–
Image curtesy of Old Pond PublishingPainting your tractor is always high on the hit list when looking at the pages of this website.
I don’t think I’ve got it 100% right yet so I’m always searching for ways to improve the results I get. I’ve been a fan or Alan Davies since I met him at Newark show 4 years ago. I liked his honesty and down to earth approach. what I mean by that is at the time he wasn’t trying to sell anything or promote any thing other than himself and his work. The advise he gave was fantastic and he always had crowd around his bunch when giving a demonstration.
Alan has got together with Old Pond publishing to produce a 142minute long (2DVD set) of preparing, filling, sanding, undercoats, and topcoats in order to achieve a super finish for bonnets, wheels and the main body of the tractor. At £19.95 it’s not cheap but I think I have gained £20 worth of knowledge and my tractor value will definitely be increased by at lest £20 once I have practiced the techniques Alan demonstrates. It’s just nice to see how someone else does things. I disappear into my garage and I’m on my own to produce the results. I going to get one of the hammers Alan uses.
If you don’t know what to get someone as a Christmas or birthday present and they are interested in tractors or old cars, bikes lorries you’d not go far wrong than adding this item to your short list.
A link to buy the DVD and a more detailed description of the item.
I’m giving it a 4.5/5 it should have been 5 hours long with a glimpse at the welding/brazing and painting small parts but other than that fab.
————– Mar 2010 update, Link to great article on painting————–
I can’t take you straight to the page it is a 2 part process.
first click here: A great Article about Painting then click on How To Paint A Brighter Picture (On the right hand side)
————– July 2010 update —————————————————–
I have picked this tip up from the Reborn Tractor DVD of the MF 135 rebuild.
Once cleaned add some holes in a piece of cardboard and insert all your bolts. now you can paint the heads prior to using them on the tractor. You will probably need to give them another top coat once on the tractor as screwing them up does damage the paint. It’s a lot easier doing the preperation upfront. It also makes the parts look better instantly when addded to the tractor.
Washers and nuts should be preprepared in a similar way. I use a coathanger with wire stretched accross it.
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