I did not know how to paint when I bought my tractor for restoration. Surprisingly, the guys who I met, (Ed, you know who you are), told me they painted there tractors with spray cans, or "rattle cans". I was determined to give this a try, although in hind sight, I believe I had every thing going for me. As a mechanic, I've worked along side many a body shop. I've always been told that preparation was the most important part of any paint job. One thing for sure is, if you get the panels and parts sandblasted, or wire wheeled off in my case, make sure you are ready to prime the part right away before it has a chance to flash rust. I bought industrial tractor paint from PARTSASAP.COM, in spray cans! I started with the smaller parts priming them and leaving them to dry one day. The next day, after baking them in the sun before painting until the metal was nice and hot, I would shoot the parts with light coats until the parts got tacky or nearly dry before adding another coat. Start with the small parts, and work your way up to the tank and fenders. All told, 15 cans of red primer and 15 cans of gloss. About $150 total at $5 each. Good luck, have fun doing it.
1949 cub (sexy-sadie), 193 moldboard plow, w/notched colter, planet Jr's. By Paul