Gary Dotson wrote: George Willer always reduced alkyd with acetone; it seemed to work for him.
I’ll agree with you on that. George painted a lot of tractors flawless. On the other hand George did everything with perfection!!!!!!
I do a lot of painting on tractors/ machinery /trailers and trucks and in my opinion safety of painting is very important as brought out in all the articles.
I’ve used the alkyd enamel type paints with or without hardeners (Irongard IH 2150 on red IH tractors, Van Sickle, Rustolum Industrial, Valspar and many others) and really didn’t see any difference in longevity or color fade between the different manufactures.
What I have found, in my opinion the best “bang for the buck” is Napa brand signal stage Acrylic enamel. I have a truck that was hit by a Deer five years ago that was refinished with Napa Acrylic enamel and has always been exposed to the weather 24/7 since the paint job and it looks the same now as the day it was painted.
We’ve painted a few trailers with it and we’re mostly happy with the abuse it takes from hits of cargo/ect.
If I was going to paint a tractor that is kept undercover and used for show I would paint with alkyd enamel type paints for health safety..... a working tractor setting in the weather I would go with the auto refinishing Acrylic enamel type paint….but paint outside and use the proper equipment.
I’ve heard some positive talk about the water base Acrylic enamel’s but I haven’t tried them yet.