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Old 01-20-2020, 08:57 AM   #1
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what color motor paint, should I use on my 1928 Sport Coupe ?
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:04 AM   #2
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That would be Ford engine green. There is some variation to the color depending on which vendor you go through. There is also debate as to which vendor is the closest to correct. My advice would be pick one vendor and go with it. I've used Brattons rattle cans in the past and it works well. Smells terrible but looks good.



Block, head, water inlet and outlet, flywheel housing, bell housing, transmission, tower, and rear bearing retainer all get the same color.
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:30 AM   #3
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Thanks ryanheacox
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:11 AM   #4
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Brattons; Does NOT have Engine Green in spray cans any more, only brush type.
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:55 AM   #5
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I used brush. Looks pretty good on cast iron and you don't have to worry about the rattle can clogging up etc.,.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:06 PM   #6
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Ryan forgot intake manifold and engine crank pulley
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:37 PM   #7
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I have always had better luck with brush than spray. Read the judging standards for which parts are Ford engine green and which are black.

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Old 01-20-2020, 07:16 PM   #8
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I had leftover in a spraycan and used it on my new mailbox.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:23 PM   #9
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I use Pioneer antique Ford Engine paint ( green)
Available on Amazon. Same paint some of the suppliers used to use, not sure why they don't anymore
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:29 PM   #10
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Ryan forgot intake manifold and engine crank pulley

I knew there was going to be something I missed Good catch. I see the can from Bratton's comes from Bill Hirsch. I've heard nothing but good things about that paint.



The only reason I buy rattle cans is that I've never had enough to paint where I needed a big can.
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Old 01-20-2020, 07:33 PM   #11
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From Brattons on last Fridays Phone call, They can not get it any more from the Co. that made it for them and others because of a Hurricane, as all mixtures to make it were lost.. And that was there supplier, Bill Hirsch..
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Old 01-21-2020, 02:31 PM   #12
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I used brush. Looks pretty good on cast iron and you don't have to worry about the rattle can clogging up etc.,.
I agree about the possibility of the spray can stopping up . When I have purchased Ford engine green in pint cans , I have sprayed it with my Binks model 7 paint gun . When used in this manner I can add hardener for durability , it also dries quicker !!!
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Old 01-21-2020, 03:12 PM   #13
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Worth remembering that originally the paint was applied pretty lightly. Here's a good thread on it from last year with some pictures.
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...6207&showall=1
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Old 01-21-2020, 03:52 PM   #14
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I wonder if Ford painted head nuts and studs when the engines were painted ?
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:04 PM   #15
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I wonder if Ford painted head nuts and studs when the engines were painted ?
The nuts were cadmium or zinc I think, but not painted.

I mix my own engine paint to get a almost exact match out of the color book.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:47 PM   #16
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The nuts were cadmium or zinc I think, but not painted.

I mix my own engine paint to get a almost exact match out of the color book.
And you will find a lot of people say the color book is wrong, including Restoration Shops & Judges at shows..
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:43 AM   #17
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I just had an engine rebuilt by Schwalms. They use Bill Hirsch paint and have for years with good experience. Engine looks great!!
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:11 AM   #18
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I paint my engine block and head separately . I then put the engine together and install new cadmium-zinc plated head nuts . I figure that Ford didn't mask attaching nuts , bolts and studs , it probably would have taken too much time . The plated nuts add detail to the engine . .

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Following the link to Dave Lopes Fordor, post #12 states that the castings were painted before machining. That would mean the nuts and studs are unpainted.
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Thanks Ryan , I have often wondered about that .
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