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What is the best touch up paint?

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Adam Harris24/03/2014 10:29:44
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Does anyone know what the best (resistant to oil/suds, colour match, thick coat) Myford grey touch up paint is? My Super 7 was made in 1957 and sadly the paint has been cracking and falling off now for too long. The flakes are thick and leave the cream undercoat showing, hence I want a very thick touch up paint. I do not want to dismantle and repaint as new because there is nothing wrong with the accuracy and function of the lathe. I was planning to just wipe down the flaked spots with white spirit and then touch in without too many coats. I have seen on ebay Myford's own , Stationary Engine Parts and Craftmaster Paints Engine Enamel...., but which (or other) would be best for my purpose? Thanks, Adam

Edited By Adam Harris on 24/03/2014 10:30:23

Edited By Adam Harris on 24/03/2014 10:32:13

roy entwistle24/03/2014 10:32:41
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Adam If the flakes are of any thickness you would be better filling them with car body filler and then smoothing them off with wet & dry Thick paint is not successful


Adam Harris24/03/2014 10:46:16
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Thanks Roy, but which paint after that then? One friend has said I needed to get a two part mix. I am surprised how thick the flakes are and how poorly (admittedly after half a century) the paint has adhered to the undercoat. I wonder how well body filler would stick to this undercoat.

IanT24/03/2014 12:16:40
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You don't need two part for this Adam. If you are not going to strip right back, then do as Roy suggests and rub it down and then infill with car body filler. Rub this down again and then repaint the whole area with a good (oil-resistant) paint. I've used these people below before (no connection) and their engine enamel seems good enough for my needs.


If you don't want to strip your machine into separate parts, then you might get away with very careful masking off with tape (and old newspaper) if you take your time and cover everything up but it's much easier to work on separate components (and even then I mask up anything I don't want paint on - including inside the holes etc.)



Niloch24/03/2014 12:32:09
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Isn't this what you need?

MadMike24/03/2014 14:03:49
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Firstly some body filler to fill the flaking, as it always looked to me as though Myford did that anyway to fill any discrepancies in the castings and then paint it, say MyfordGrey. For the paint itsel have you considered simply contacting Myford? Now owned by RDG at or RDG themselves on HTH.

IanT24/03/2014 14:05:42
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Have a look at the spec on the engine enamel Adam - it's downloadable in PDF format. I think it will do and you can ask for any particular colour you need - including Myford.

It's also £6.68 per litre (34%) cheaper than the other one mentioned. My Grandmother wasn't Scottish but I'm sure I must have some Scottish ancestry somewhere?



Jo24/03/2014 14:47:53
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Becareful with so called Myford grey paint. The tin I brought from Myford does not match the paint on my lathe.


Adam Harris24/03/2014 14:58:12
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Jo, thank you for that. So what paint did you find matched properly? Adam

Jo24/03/2014 15:09:14
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I haven't sad


Rick Kirkland 124/03/2014 16:56:41
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I was lucky enough to find a colour match. Got it from Myford a year before they ceased to exist. Myford is no longer. Good luck finding anything that met their standards before things went pear shaped. And the prices for stuff with Myford printed on the packet that is available elswhere for a fraction of the cost has to be seen to be believed. Vee belts are a good point in question. Eight pounds thirty eight plus twenty percent VAT for a three pounds including VAT motor to countershaft belt ! Rant over,


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Ray Lyons24/03/2014 17:09:30
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I had two tins of coach paint, one black and the other ivory, left over from painting a motor caravan. Offered it to another doing up his van but he turned it down because it did not quite match. Left on the shelf until the day came to paint a Myford. I 3/4 filled a small jar with ivory and then added the black a little at a time until the correct colour was found. Filled all the blemishes with car filler, rubbed it down and then applied the paint with a soft artist's brush. Looked as good as new when finished.

John Stevenson24/03/2014 23:50:35
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Plus 1 for the narrowboat engine enamel.

I had the new blue lathe and the Warco WM40 'photographed' with one of those fancy colour bodyworks camera and got the RAL number for both.

Has a pint of each mixed up. The blue is spot on, see some of the pics in the what did you do today thread.

Don't know about the Warco WM40 as not used it yet but probably will tomorrow to paint the riser block that I fitted tonight. Warco supplied a couple of rattle cans but these match the newer Chinese machines, this WM40 is a Taiwanese machine and is in a slightly darker shade, Roger at Warco did warn me about that.

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