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john what is the best way to get old paint off of a tractor to get it ready for paint
bontai Joe Depends on what you want for a final result and what the old paint looks like. If the plan is just to protect a working tractor from rust with new paint, sanding it down, wire brushing off any loose paint and rust and then cleaning all surfaces with something like mineral spirits to remove all dust and grease would be the easiest. Now if this is to be a show tractor, then sand blasting down to bare metal, filling any pitted areas with body putty, smoothing out any dents, prime and paint. In any event surface prep is 80% of the work, painting is the other 20%. Surface prep has the most impact on the appearance of final appearance. Also be SURE that your primer and top coat are compatible! Nothing worse than doing all the prep, priming it and then watching the top coat bubble up or run off due to incompatiblity. Been there myself, it stinks, because you have to start all over again.

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