I have a good Manchester Rapidor power hacksaw, and I would like to
make it even better with a lick of paint. Trouble is I can't find a
source of matching green hammer paint. The Hammerite brand stuff from
the DIY barns comes in two shades, neither of which is even close.
The right colour is more like Myford green. Anyone got a suggestion
for a supplier? Don't suggest Myfords - a small tin from them would
cost £20 including postage!
Try your local farm suppliers, and get some tractor paint. Comes in
loads on nice shades of green.... Probably about the same cost as a tin
of Myfords, but at least you have enough to paint a few tractors with.
They seem to cut just the same regardless what colour you paint them !
I am surprised they had a hammer finish, I saw no sign of that on
mine. There was a horrible lime green paint in places, rust in other
places, and overspray in red oxide paint on others. I bought some
heavy green tractor paint (Bradite) from a steam fair and did it in
that. It looks pretty good IMHO, and I reckon that what sticks to a
tractor is probably good for other machinery.
Modern DIY stuff can no longer be thinned with white spirit, I don't
know if that is significant in terms of oil resistance, it may just be
a cunning way to make you buy special thinners (hammerite is the
same). Also on this modern stuff you find it says on the tin not to
mix them to get the shade you want - which is exactly what I want to
do today, to try and match some grey paint on a lathe by tweaking some
tractor paint I bought yesterady (Carbotrak).
I have a collection of pictures of Rapidor's I had forgotten about.
Before I bought mine I was looking for a while and put all the images
to one side - most are low res from eBay adverts.
Looking through them I would say most were grey, some were light green
- and many are so grubby its hard to tell. There's lots of variation
in motor location, types of pulley wheel and guards, and places for
the electrics. Certainly one or two have the lettering picked out in
red, but most didn't. Of course, after the war loads of things were
grey, there was a lot of grey paint about - but it wasn't hammer
Thanks to all who replied.
My machine, a pretty late model Rapidor Major, is definitely in its
original paint, and it's definitely light green hammered finish. The
lettering on the frame is picked out in red, and the tray is cream.
Since the paint is generally pretty good, all I want to do is touch up
a few small damaged areas.
So to come back to my original request, does anyone know of a source
of green hammer finish paint (in small quantity) other than Hammerite?
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