Every tractor owner knows how even the tiniest scratches on your vehicle’s exterior turn into rusty patches, which do not look appealing.
And the looks aren’t the only issue; these patches start causing structural problems to the vehicle as well. So, how about you consider giving your tractor a new life? Wondering how to do so while maintaining your budget?
The easiest way to protect a tractor and give it a new paint job.
When it comes to DIY painting a tractor, there are a number of questions that arise in the minds of its owner. Among them: ‘do we need a primer for tractor paint?’
Do You Need Primer For Tractor Paint?
The answer is simple, yes, optimally you do need a primer when applying new tractor paint as it will seal the body of the tractor so that the paint doesn’t soak into it and that you can apply fewer coats.
So, if you are searching for a complete guide on tractor painting, this is precisely what we are discussing in this post. Let’s not waste another minute and start with our article.
Why is Priming Necessary for Tractors?
Since we already mentioned established that we do need a primer for tractor paint, now is the time to address another common doubt; why is priming necessary for tractor paint?
Priming a tractor is necessary for a number of reasons.
A primer acts as a leveler for your tractor’s surface. It preps the painting surface, aka your tractor, and seals any rough surfaces to save on the over-usage of paint.
Another way in which priming benefits painting tractors is by sealing any stains so that the paint adheres well and the paint job is smooth and silky.
Is Tractor Paint Oil Based?
Now that you know why priming your tractor before painting is necessary, it is time to answer another question that bothers tractor owners; is tractor paint oil-based?’
Yes, most tractor paints available on the market are oil-based. These oil-based enamel paints adhere to your tractor’s surface without difficulty and provide resistance from outside elements like dirt, dust, and debris and wear and tear.
Another benefit of oil-based tractor paint is that it requires a much thinner coat than latex paints, saving up your total cost.
But what’s the con? Oil-based paints take a MUCH longer time to dry than water-based paints, usually 6 to 8 hours.
Can We Paint a Car with Tractor Paint?
The questions don’t end, do they? Well, what else are we here for anyway? Yes, you can use tractor paints for cars as well.
While modern cars are painted using water-based acrylic enamels due to their durability and environmentally friendly nature, there is no rule that says you can’t paint other vehicles using tractor paints.
Besides, oil-based car paints and oil-based tractor paints are the same types of paints, so if you have some leftover paint from your most recent tractor paint job, you can easily use it on your cars, and they won’t even know!
How Do I Make My Tractor Paint Shine?
The cheapest and most effective way to make tractor paints shine is to get them polished.
Tractor paints don’t guarantee a glossy finish, which means that their colors tend to fade away when exposed to sunlight, way before you expected.
So, unless you want a two (sometimes even five)-toned tractor, we suggest that you get it polished.
You can literally use any good polish available in the market. They all do the job, except for the shoe polish. Believe me, you DO NOT want to apply shoe polish over your tractor.
3 to 4 coats of polish and your tractor is as shiny as a mirror.
Which Material Is Best for Buffing Tractor Polish?
While most people prefer a cotton rag to polish their tractors, others prefer woolen ones. However, doing a significant job like this requires a bit more speed and much more efficiency.
So, based on our experience, we suggest that you go for a Torque Buffer or a Power Buffer. These buffers are readily available at hardware shops, and an assortment of pads can be attached to these buffers.
You can use any pad of your choice and simply Velcro it to the buffer. The rest of the process is pretty self-explanatory.
Can We Polish Tractor Paint?
You can polish tractor paint. In fact, you can polish over any paint you want, even acrylic. So, no, applying polish over oil-based tractor paints will not ruin its texture, provided that you let the paint dry completely (24 hours would do!) before polishing it to make it shine.
Tips To Get your Tractor Paint Job Done
Mentioned below are some of our expert tips for painting your tractors:
- Sand the vehicle before priming
- Tape off the areas with masking tape that you want to get paint on
- Apply at least two coats of paint
- Take your time. Don’t rush the process
- Use high-quality enamel to get a professional look on your tractor
- Let your oil-based tractor paint touch dry for at least 6 to 7 hours
- Prime the surface within 72 hours of the paint drying for best results
- Last but not least, get a respirator if you don’t have one because oil-based paints have strong odours.
The Bottom Line
Now that you know our expert tips and guidelines and that you would be wasting your time, money, and efforts without using a primer, you are sure to get an excellent tractor paint job done.
This brings the end of our post. We hope you got the answers to all your queries. Good luck painting your tractor.
Jack is the owner, chief editor, and senior writer of this website.
Machinery, engines, and farming have always been a passion of his since he was a young boy. Growing up on a small farm in rural America, he learned the value of hard work and dedication from an early age.
After completing his degree in Engineering, he decided to follow his dream and became a farmer in 2009.
Since then, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. He has grown a variety of crops, tended to farm animals, and worked with all sorts of farming machinery. Continue reading…