Demand more from your paint

Posted on May 9, 2016 in Featured, Maintenance, Service.

Achieve perfect paint prepping, application and storage with the following tips and tricks from New Holland.

Prepping: Always remember that your paint job starts well before any paint application. Cleaning and prepping your paint surface before application is the best way to ensure optimal paint adhesion.

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  • Always start with a proper paint surface. First, clean the surface to remove dirt, water, oil, rust and peeling or chipped paint. Second, physically scrape away any rust or loose paint. Note any local regulations for chemical cleaner use in the removal of dirt or oil.
  • Correct aerosol painting preparation is important to avoid the separation of paint components during storage, surface discoloration, uneven paint coverage, uneven gloss appearance or a clogging the nozzle. Forcefully shake the can to mix pigments, resin and solvent.
  • Proper liquid painting is important to find the right thin-thickness balance between consistent spraying and building on a surface without running. New Holland recommends either using 1-part thinner with 8- to 10-parts paint or using 1-part low-VOC thinner with 4-parts paint.

Outside of adding another layer of rust protection, primers guarantee a more-accurate color, increased smoothness and a low-gloss surface. Using a primer before paint application is the surest way to achieve a smoother, truer color.

Application: Consider the type of application before choosing an aerosol or liquid paint.

  • Aerosols work best for small-area touchups. Hold the aerosol can 8- to 10-inches from the application surface and apply short strokes to build up the ideal coating weight. Wait 2 to 5 minutes between coats. Aerosol cans are ready-to-use after just 1 minute of shaking.
  • Liquids work best for larger, flat areas in order to achieve a smooth, consistent appearance. The first liquid coat should be heavier than the first coat of aerosol. Apply a second liquid within a few minutes of the first application if needed.

Storage: Keep your paints working for you with the following storage tips from New Holland.

  • Never expose aerosol cans to heat, flames or hot surfaces.
  • Do not store paint above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep heat in mind—as heat tends to damage paints over time.
  • Paints will separate in storage—mix paints well before any application.
  • Enamel-based paints do not freeze. Aerosol and liquid paints can be stored below 32 degrees Fahrenheit—bring aerosol and liquid paints back to room temperature before any application. Measure aerosol and liquid paints before use. New Holland recommends aerosol and liquid paints fall in the 60- to 80-degrees Fahrenheit range before application.


Prevent clogging in aerosol cans by flushing the remaining propellant gasses from the inner tube and nozzle. After finishing painting with an aerosol can, turn the can upside down and press and hold the spray button for a few seconds in order to provide propellant gasses with time to release from the inner tube and nozzle.

Visit your New Holland dealer for additional tips on prepping surfaces, storage and painting safely. Or visit us online.