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    What color/s primer was or were used at the factory on poppin johnny's?

    Am unsure about the paint job being original on my 70, but there is red primer underneath the green paint on the sheet metal.

    Does anyone know what color of primer was used on the 2 cylinders through the years?

    Did they use a different color towards the end of the 2 cylinder tractor production?

    And, what type of paint was mainly used? Laquer enamel?




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    primer on poppin johnnys

    On our '53 model 60,there's yellow primer/paint under the original paint. The cavity where the starter is located still has the original yellow primer on it. I've been told that John deere got its green color that way. By priming with yellow,then covering it with green. As far as paint,I would use enamel mixed with gardener to give a tough,good looking finish.

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    That's supposed to be gardener.

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    Good ol auto spell on cell phones,lol. That's Hardener.

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    use john deere buff yellow primer. then use the classic green john deere color. and definately use hardener. and a lil more advice. Wait 15 min after putting in the hardener before you thin the paint. When you thin it DO NOT use mineral spirits. Use Enamel reducer that you can buy at a parts store.Only put in a lil at a time until you get it the way you want it and stir stir stir. makes a difference in the shine of the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd60 View Post
    Good ol auto spell on cell phones,lol. That's Hardener.
    JD60, I know all to well about the auto spell

    But, you can "edit" your post for up to 12 hours to fix any mistakes rather than replying...no big deal either way, just thought I'd let you know.
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    What Pearltomb said is what I did, minus the hardener. It will takes weeks for the enamel to really harden without hardener, as I found out. You won't leave finger prints in it after a few days, but it is still soft. On my 1954 40U, the primer was a medium yellowish-tan from what I could tell when rebuilding it.
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    I really can't ad much to to this thread, but I will say this. The very best primer & final finish results I've ever gotten is when using Deere's Buff color primer. Looks sort of like faded out Cat. yellow. You can lightly wet sand it before final color coat. Primer quality & care in application really makes a difference.

    As far as hardener goes- I use it but I've had problems with paint cracking & chipping where I tighten down on nuts & bolts when re assemblying things. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong with the hardener or not waiting long enough after paint application & re assembly.

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    My observations from my 52 model 60 that is now "in the white" after being media blasted. Where I had worked on paint removal there was no primer under the green - all three coats of it. The top two had been applied I am thinking with a broom and were all different colors. The final attempt at resto / modernization was a brush job 620 yellow stripe and new decals. The flywheel looked to have a red primer on it but no green paint. My body shop guy gave me an acid etch primer to shoot on the bare metal along with a filler style second coat primer to help smooth out the cast. Still not sure if I am going to use that or not. Snowing here now so it will be a while before I can push the tractor outside to be able to shoot it.

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