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Anyone use John Deere Blitz Black?

Post by BigClay on March 11th 2009, 7:38 am

I have a friend that works for John Deere, and I got a deal on their Blitz Black tractor enamel paint. I was wondering if anyone else has used this paint. Also, I am a total noob to paiting a car, so that is one reason I decided to roll it on and not spray it. One other question, if I roll this on, will I need to use a hardner?
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Post by megaglow_z on March 11th 2009, 8:25 pm

No hardner required man.
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Post by BigClay on March 13th 2009, 8:44 am

Cool, so should I still mix the paint as the instructions for spraying say? It says a mix of 8:1 paint to reducer (thinner), so should I keep that ratio or maybe go to 4:1?
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Post by BigClay on March 20th 2009, 9:25 am

Anyone?
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Post by retired plumber on March 20th 2009, 10:42 am

Never used this paint before but I think I would start with the 1:1 ratio at first. you can always add more paint if you want. Good luck.
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Post by MR2Miach on March 20th 2009, 2:08 pm

jbudi101 and I are using automotive paint to paint his replacement fender. The instructions say to use 4 parts paint, 1 part reducer, 1 part hardener. I must admit it made it rather thin but it went on very smooth and easy. I would say follow the instructions and see how your first coat goes. If you feel it is too thick then try the 4 to 1 parts mixture.
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Post by BigClay on March 23rd 2009, 9:19 am

MR2Miach wrote:jbudi101 and I are using automotive paint to paint his replacement fender. The instructions say to use 4 parts paint, 1 part reducer, 1 part hardener. I must admit it made it rather thin but it went on very smooth and easy. I would say follow the instructions and see how your first coat goes. If you feel it is too thick then try the 4 to 1 parts mixture.

Awesome, thanks for the info. Did you roll on that automotive paint on the fender with the 4:1:1 ratio?
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Post by MR2Miach on March 24th 2009, 5:17 am

We used a foam brush but it will work the same with a foam roller. Just make sure you don't load up the roller, it basically needs to be drip free but good and wet. I hope that makes sense LoL.

I have used both foam brush and roller with Rusto and it was almost the same consistency as the auto paint.
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Post by BigClay on March 24th 2009, 9:00 am

Yeah that makes sense. I was just not sure if I needed the hardener if I was rolling/painting (not spraying) it on there. I went ahead and ordered the hardener just in case, so I am glad I did! I will stick to the 8 parts paint : 1 part reducer : 1 part hardener, and see how that covers. Thanks again for the info.
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Post by retired plumber on March 24th 2009, 12:32 pm

One thing,. well actually two, to remember with hardner. Any left over mixed paint will set up and be nonusuable later and there is a set time for use after which it kicks and becomes unusable. Also, DON'T put the left over mixed paint back in the can with the unmixed stuff. Good luck
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Post by MR2Miach on March 24th 2009, 3:18 pm

retired plumber wrote:One thing,. well actually two, to remember with hardner. Any left over mixed paint will set up and be nonusuable later and there is a set time for use after which it kicks and becomes unusable. Also, DON'T put the left over mixed paint back in the can with the unmixed stuff. Good luck
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Agreed 100%.

With the auto paint jbudi101 purchased, once the hardener was opened we had 14 days in which to use it or discard it. We mixed up too much paint the first go around (4 oz. paint, 1 oz. reducer, and 1 oz. hardener). Of course we were also only painting a fender. That first batch we made could have covered both fenders, the hood, and maybe a door. So watch how much you mix up and like retired plumber stated, do NOT mix it back up with your supply of fresh paint. If you don't use it, discard it after use.
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Post by BigClay on March 24th 2009, 4:50 pm

Wow, good advice, the penny pincher in me would probably have tried to re-use it! Smile
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Post by retired plumber on March 24th 2009, 11:10 pm

I have NOT tried this so now you have been warned.
I have read in other painting forums that you can put paint that has hardner in it in the fridge and it may last 1-2 days. The cold slows the setting up process a whole bunch. I don't know how it would spray after this but I would think that if it was thin enough to roll you would still be okay. When it starts to set up it gets thicker and thicker untill it is solid. I have no idea how long this takes tho. One more thing, when it gets to this point discard it. Don't try to add new to it to save it because it won't. If you have ever worked with fiberglass resin this works on the same principal.
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Post by MR2Miach on March 26th 2009, 6:04 am

Fiber glass resin sets up much faster than the hardener in paint. If you place it in the fridge to slow the hardening process, then keep in mind you will have to let it completely warm back up before you apply it to your surface. Best choice is to mix up only what you are going to use. That will save you money and time in the long run. If you have no clue how much you are going to use, then I suggest mixing very small batches, till you get a good feel for how much paint is needed.
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