Mike, I'm using a different device with a seemingly better camera. I noticed too how much better the color turns out in these pictures.
Much of this project was done at night. Such as tonight I was out late working on it and am now typing this at 2:35 in the morning. But tonight I did my last touch up paint, finally uncovered the tires. I ran the engine for a while and then re torqued the head bolts. Finally, I applied the air cleaner decal to the filter cover.
While that maybe isn't a color I would chose, I can tell by the gloss on the surface of the tractor you did an excellent job prepping for the paint. And how many yellow & white Cub Cadets must there be? COUPLE hundred thousand? There's probably another purple Cub out there somewhere, but I bet it doesn't look as nice as this one. GREAT JOB.
I am no expert on painting, but I can tell you what I know. The rustoleum rusty metal primer does not work with Case IH Irongard paint. I am not sure of the ingredients, (haven't looked) but just know it don't work with Irongard paint. It will wrinkle up like a prune.
On the other hand, rustoleum automotive primer will work with Irongard paint. I still use it today, but I think it is getting hard to find.
Nice story Art! That was some history there.
I agree with you, except for rattle cans being a good source for painting. Maybe I am not doing it right, but I have rarely had success with rattle cans.
Most cans I have used either spit and sputter, or don't work at all. Some do this on the start, or soon after. The can I hate the most is the one that sprays like a dream, and about half way through the can spits out a glob, messing up the whole paint job.
I do use cans for primer, but I can sand off the globs and spatter.
I use an inexpensive finish spray gun from Lowes, and it works great. If I were to use cans to paint, I would have to buy about 100 to do one tractor. Case IH Irongard in the quart works great for me, and I can put it on as thick as I want. It takes about 2-3 quarts for me to do a tractor with a "thick" paint job.