How to Paint a John Deere Tractor

John Deere, also known as Deere & Company, was founded in 1837. It produces a wide variety of tractors that are dependable and easy to operate. John Deere tractors are available in different sizes ranging from 18 horsepower to 530 horsepower. Scrapes and scratches on the body of the tractor will eventually turn to rust. Over time, rust will cause problems to the structure of your John Deere tractor. Paint not only provides an updated appearance but also protects against structural damage.

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Step 1

Remove existing paint and rust from the tractor with 80 grit sandpaper. Sand all of the areas where paint will be applied. Use a putty knife and a heat gun to remove decals and the remaining adhesive. Replacement decal sets can be purchased.

Step 2

Remove debris particles from the surface of the tractor with a damp cloth.

Step 3

Cover areas you do not want to paint such as the dash and lights with masking tape. Use trash bags to cover large areas such as the tires and the engine.

Step 4

Apply one coat of primer and let it dry. Apply two to four more coats, as needed.

Step 5

Sand the primer after it has completely dried with the sanding block and 350 grit sandpaper. Keep the area damp with a water squirt bottle to avoid paint sticking to the sandpaper. After sanding, the surface should be smooth.

Step 6

Remove sanding debris with a damp cloth.

Step 7

Hold the paint can 8 to 12 inches away from the body of the tractor. Distribute spray paint in quick, even strokes. Move the can in a side-to-side motion. Avoid paint drips by applying paint in thin coats. Apply a second coat of paint in an up-and-down motion. Apply a third coat of paint in a side-to-side motion. Allow the paint to dry for one to two hours between each application.

Step 8

Apply automotive clear coat to seal the paint. Use two to three coats and allow the clear coat to dry between applications.

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