Top DIY Tips for Repainting Tractors and Trucks

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on Top DIY Tips for Repainting Tractors and Trucks

If you are ready to undertake a large project like repainting tractors or trucks, there are a few important things to know to make sure your DIY project looks just as good as a professional’s. Whether you are restoring an old Chevy pickup or a John Deere tractor, you can probably save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself versus going to a paint shop. Since a fresh coat of paint is needed from time to time to keep your tractor or truck well-kept and free from corrosion and rust, we have put together the top DIY tips for repainting tractors and trucks.

Use Proper Planning

Here are the factors that you need to consider when planning your painting job:

Cost

The cost of the paint will not consume most of the expenses for your painting project. Instead, the majority of your costs will go towards preparation and application of the paint.

Time

As a rule, the more time you spend on the painting project, the better results you will have. In addition, if your truck or tractor is very old or severely rusted, more time will be needed for the project.

Expectations

When choosing your coating system, durability, ease of application, loss retention, and drying time are important factors when choosing the right paint. Tractor truck & implement enamel is highly recommended.

Use

Choose the type of coating you will use based on the use of your tractor or truck. If there is limited use, then you can save money on the type of coating you use.

Supplies and Equipment Needs

To complete the job, you will need the following:

– Sandpaper (fine to coarse)

– Degreaser / Cleaner

– Paint thinner

– Paint (Primer and Finish)

– Spray gun

– Compressor

– Masking Tape, Paper, and/or Plastic

– Glasses

Safety

Your safety is a top priority so it is important to be careful when using paint with hazardous chemicals. Proper ventilation is also a priority for every paint job.

Pick Your Coating System and Start the Job

For DIY jobs, it is always easier to use standard enamels which are also cheaper in price. Once you have chosen the right paints and complete the planning stage, you can successfully move on to the next steps which include painting, priming, and finishing. By following the tips we provided here along with a little patience, you can restore your truck or tractor to a like-new appearance and save a lot of money. For more tips on painting your tractor or truck, visit us here.

Majic Paint for Your At Home Projects

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on Majic Paint for Your At Home Projects

If you are looking to tackle a home improvement project, Majic Paint has the finishes, paints and specialty products that you need to get the job done. We’ve got an array of consumer finishes from oil bases to acrylic and diverse paints like aerosols and easy spread exterior paints.

Restore Your Tractor or Truck

Every farmer and outdoorsman will love our Tractor Truck & Implement Enamel. It is specially designed for an easy application and it will last for years. You’ll be able to keep your tractor’s or truck’s original shade when you apply this enamel, and you’ll be happy to know that it is created with soybeans grown right here in the USA. Our enamel provides an extra layer of protection to alkyd paints, improves adhesion and prevents yellowing. It’s the perfect addition to any tractor’s or truck’s paint. Now is the time to start that tractor restoration project. With the help of our Tractor, Truck & Implement Enamel, you’ll have the perfect color and it will stay that way even after prolonged exposure to the elements.

Reinforce Your Equipment

Protect your investments in your home and your equipment with our Rustkill Rust-Preventative Coating. Once you apply a layer of Rustkill, it will guard your masonry, metal, wood surfaces and equipment from corrosion, rust, yellowing and fading. This way, you’ll get a few extra years out of your farm and factory equipment and exterior surfaces without breaking the bank.

Protect Your Property

If you own buildings made of metal, check out our special metal buildings paint. It comes in a variety of colors like white, brown, beige and evergreen. It is formulated with 100 percent acrylic resins that will protect your metal structures’ exteriors throughout the seasons. Don’t let your building exteriors start to blister, fade and peel. Make the small investment in our metal buildings paint for a one-of-a-kind film durability that will provide year-round protection.

Improve Your Hunting Gear

If you are a hunter and want to better blend in with nature’s background, check out Majic Paint’s Camouflage Paint. It can be easily applied to tree stands, guns, bows, duck blinds, ladder stands, vehicles and boats. This way, you’ll maximize your hunting potential and keep your gear in the best possible condition. Our camouflage paint is water resistant and comes with a nonreflective finish. Choose between olive drab, desert tan, earth brown, black, bark gray and khaki shades.

Use Majic Paints When Painting Outdoors in Cold Weather

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on Use Majic Paints When Painting Outdoors in Cold Weather

Just because the weather outside is getting cooler doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside and start that paint job on your home’s exterior. You may be concerned about the quality of the paint as the temperatures cool and whether your paint job will look as good as it would if you were to go outside in the summer. Indeed, paint can only handle so much humidity and a certain temperature range. Generally, you should try to paint when the weather outside is at about 50 percent humidity and at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you still do get warmer autumn days in which it’s perfect to get outside and paint.

If you need specific paints for your outdoor paintjob, Majic Paints has a range of products suited for exterior painting. Its Professional Latex Flat House line will not ever blister, turn yellow over time, or get chalky. You can choose from a quality Latex Primer, or a Professional Latex Semi-Gloss. These paints come in a variety of colors such as white, dark brown, black, and colonial red.

Once you pick a day to start painting, make sure that it’s a sunny one. Not only does this ensure that the humidity and the temperature are closer to what you need for quality paint, but the sunlight will help speed up the drying process as well. Still, you will need to allow any coat of paint at least three hours to fully dry. You should not attempt to paint over a second layer before that amount of time has elapsed. Make sure that the weather will stay somewhat temperate all day; it should never reach any lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit if you want your paint to dry fully and without any blemishes.

If you have a day off and want to paint in the morning, you should start by at least 10 o’ clock but not any earlier than that. The moistness of dew can also prevent your paint from drying the right way. As the day elapses, you will want to stop at least an hour or two before the sun sets, so somewhere at around three o’ clock in the afternoon. This allows the sunlight to begin to dry your paint. You also are avoiding low temperatures and working in minimal daylight. If the paint is still drying by nightfall, it could develop moisture after freezing which could put a damper on the paint job you spent all afternoon working on.

As mentioned above, you also must track the humidity. On most autumn days, you don’t have to worry about the humidity growing too high, but it can certainly occur. Too much humidity can also negatively affect your paint. It can lead to the color changing and becoming yellow or brown. If you use Majic Paints, you can avoid this yellowing, but you should still avoid humidity any higher than 70 percent.

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Last Minute Exterior Painting

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on Last Minute Exterior Painting

Outdoor painting is on borrowed time, and the final months providing adequate conditions are upon us. Painting season isn’t necessarily exclusive for housing exteriors, but many factors contribute to surfaces Majic Paints are applied to. It’s time to get ready for winter months, and it’s time to carry out some last-minute paint jobs, all within the conditions required for excellence.

 

Consider Temperature

While winter may be semi-distant, temperatures often drop during fall months, and selecting the optimum day to paint is important. Before checking out our selection of exterior paints, pay attention to the weather.

 

Modern paints guarantee long-lasting, effective coats when applied within 40-degree-Fahrenheit weather. However, several premium paints may be applied in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. These paints often include several ingredients contributing to:

  • Weather resilience

  • Duration

  • Coat thickness

 

Impending Moisture and Changing Weather Patterns

Paint should be applied to dry surfaces, and an effective primer should always be laid before starting a new job. As the seasons change, last-minute painting may be affected by moisture changes, and air humidity may halt a conversion in process.

 

Always wait a day following hard rain, as surfaces may absorb surrounding moisture and remove the necessary porous surfaces. Masonry and bare wood should be dried across two days, minimum.

 

Avoiding the Cold, and Conserving Paint

Once it snows,painting projects are normally shut down — and for good reason. Often, colder states don’t provide painting services during these months, as paint often flakes away when applied during cold weather.

 

Low-temperature skies contract drying paint, revealing excess surfaces and lowering a coat’s overall structural integrity. However, several options exist for low-temperature premium jobs. If you’ve waited last minute, and if a moment of opportunity has passed, it may be time to consider such options. Or, it may be time to re-focus a project entirely. After all, interior paints are a hot commodity during holiday seasons, and such projects are family-friendly all winter.

 

How To: Outdoor Painting 101

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on How To: Outdoor Painting 101

If you have an outdoor painting project, your preparation and painting technique will be key. If you get the painting project done right the first time, you won’t have to spend valuable time and effort correcting mistakes. You can find a selection of high quality exterior paints from Majic Paints. We specialize in tractor, truck & implement enamel along with other outdoor equipment and home improvement projects. Before you start painting, be sure to test out your Majic Paints to make sure that its color is acceptable. Wait a while and take a look at the painted sample space to see if there are any issues in terms of adhesion. Chances are you won’t have any concerns with our tractor, truck & implement enamel products and paints. If you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.

Once you are confident in your paint, proceed to scrape or power wash the surface that you plan on painting to eliminate particles like rust, dirt, grease and oil. Patch up any cracks in the surface as well. Bear in mind that sanding old paint will likely produce fumes with lead, which can harm your health. Make sure that you wear a NIOSH-approved respirator, contain the old paint, and clean up properly. If conditions are dry and the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees, proceed to paint.

When you paint, begin at the top and paint downward. This way, paint will drip onto unpainted areas instead of dripping down and layering onto sections that have already been painted. If you are painting an outdoor wall, use a roller or brush, paint up and down on siding that is positioned vertically and from side to side on siding that is positioned horizontally. If you are painting an outdoor ceiling on a porch, gazebo or elsewhere, begin by painting a strip about 2 inches in length where it meets with the wall. Then paint your way over the short side so that a “wet edge” is continuously maintained.

When painting a floor of a deck or porch, begin the job in the corner that is diagonal from the floor’s exit point. Paint a 2-inch wide strip on the floor where it meets the wall. After you paint the initial corner, paint over the short side to create and maintain the wet edge. Always hold the brush at the handle base, never dip more than half of its bristles into the paint, and always give it a tap on the can so that excess paint falls off for a smooth application.

How To: Cleaning up

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on How To: Cleaning up

After applying Majic Paints to wooden objects, you will obviously have some cleaning up to do. This is the final step of painting or staining jobs that many people will overlook. Some people don’t clean up properly, or they do so in a way that is not environmentally friendly. While Majic Paints are generally as environmentally friendly as possible, all of thier products still must be disposed of and cleaned up in a specific way. Consider the following tips for cleaning up your Majic Paints and tools.

Use Painter’s Tape and a Drop Cloth

Before you began the project, you probably applied painter’s tape to areas bordering the space you were painting, and you most likely used a drop cloth on the ground or floor where you were painting. So when you’re finished painting, you should be able to easily remove the tape and ball it up and pull away with the drop cloth, completing the vast majority of the cleanup in a matter of minutes.

Store Properly

You will want to properly seal and store any leftover stain so that it can be used in the future. Make sure the lid is tightly attached; you may want to use a hammer to ensure this. Store the product in a place where the can of Majic Paints enamel won’t be physically damaged, freeze or be exposed to temperatures hotter than 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Proper Disposal

If you don’t want to store the excess Majic Paints stain, make sure you dispose of it properly. This process varies by state, so you will have to look up the rules where you live. For spilled, excess paint or enamel, use an absorbent material like cat litter, shredded newspaper or sawdust to soak it up, and then dispose of it as solid waste. However, California does not allow this type of disposal with any type of paint, so you will have find a local PaintCare location and dispose of it with them if you happen to live in the Golden State.

How to Prepare a Deck for Stain

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on How to Prepare a Deck for Stain

There’s your deck; gray and brown, uninviting and driving your guests inside. You could spend thousands to build a new deck, or you could make it look almost new by putting fresh stain on it. Putting stain on a deck does two things that benefit a home and homeowner: 1. It makes the deck look better, and in turn, the house as well. 2. It protects the deck from the elements, including rain, snow, and the harmful effects of sun, which makes the deck last longer. Staining a deck is a fairly easy job for a homeowner as long as prep work is completed properly so that the stain can adhere to the wood properly.

  1. Clean all dirt and debris off of the deck. In most cases a thorough cleaning will require sweeping then spraying it down with a garden hose or power washer with deck cleaner as detergent. In some cases, if pets have been on the deck or if food has been spilled over the course of time, washing the deck cannot get the deck completely clean, so some light sanding may need to be done to remove all residues. Without this thorough cleaning, the stain may not adhere to the deck satisfactorily in those spots with stains, so you could be wasting your time and money. A clean deck is a deck ready for staining!
  2. Once the deck has been swept, the easiest way to apply the cleaner or the soap to the deck is use a hand sprayer that can get the cleaning product between boards.
  3. After the cleaner has been allowed to sit and soak into the wood for 15 minutes, it is time to use a garden hose or a power washer. Take your time to remove as much of the dirt and stains off as possible. If using a power washer, keep the wand at least 10 inches from the deck so the high pressure won’t hurt the wood grain, and move the wand in the same direction as the grain.
  4. Once the deck has dried completely, double check for stains, and prepare to stain your deck to make it look new again.

Looking for a deck stain with lasting power and excellent water repellency? Try Majic Paints Latex House & Deck Stain in solid colors or a semi-transparent finish.

See the Colors on the Majic Paints Facebook Page

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on See the Colors on the Majic Paints Facebook Page

Take a look at your Facebook wall. There might be some pleasant photos in there, maybe the occasional meme from a favorite movie, but for the most part, what do you see? Black and blue on white.

More and more, Facebook has become a hub for social interaction. You have friends that you meet at bars and coffee shops and people you talk to at work, but where do you go to arrange these meetings? If you’re like most of us, you do it online, staring at that same boring black text on white backgrounds.

We scroll through our feeds looking for interesting news, looking to see if anyone has a party this weekend, and it’s always that same dull black on white.

So let’s not even talk about the affordable, high quality tractor, truck & implement enamel that Majic Paint offers, let’s just talk about livening up your Facebook feed. Majic Paint knows color, and the photographs that make up the bulk of the Majic Paint Facebook page prove it.

Rich blue skies are contrasted by the pastel greens of tractors in the foreground. Yellows remind you of your favorite toy truck from when you were a kid, are beside rows of violent, pink flowers. The colors on display on this page are a great place to start if you’re about to start a tractor, truck & implement enamel project and you’re looking for inspiration, but let’s forget all about that for a moment. These photos are great inspiration if you’re picking out a tie, painting your house, or you just want some beautiful images to keep you chipper on your coffee break.

Green golf courses bring to mind memories of summer. Autumn sunsets cast a warm glow over barns and farmhouses reminding us of the freedom of country living. And before and after shots show us what a little bit of time and effort can do for a truck or tractor that isn’t as pretty as it used to be.

Maybe you have an enamel project coming up soon, maybe you don’t. The reason you should follow Majic Paints on Facebook has less to do with staying up to date on the brand, and more to do with enjoying some brilliant colors that will trigger fond memories and brighten your day.

How To: Exterior Staining

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog Posts | Comments Off on How To: Exterior Staining

The deck or fence might be built, but you still have another step until it’s ready to use.  Wooden decks, siding and furniture must be stained, or else any untreated wood will turn grey. So pick up some stain from Majic Paints. Here are some tips to applying exterior stain to get the best finish.

Don’t open up your stain and immediately apply it to the surface that you plan on painting. Take some time to clean the surface of your object with warm water and soap so that there is no dirt, dust, mildew, grease or other particles present. This way, the stain will be able to fully soak into the wood. Always wear a pair of rubber gloves, and protect your arms with long sleeves and your eyes with goggles. If the stain touches your skin, wash it off immediately. After you rinse off the surface that you want to paint, take the stain that you picked up from Majic Paint and get to work.

When you stain, make use of a synthetic bristle brush for latex stains and a natural bristle brush for oil stains. Don’t dip the brush right into the container. Always mix your stain at the outset of the project and several times during the job. Mixing the stain will help maintain an even color throughout the duration of the project. Only apply stain in an environment that is between 50 and 90 degrees, otherwise, it might not set right.

When you apply the stain, brush with the grain’s natural direction. Apply it with easy, fluid and even strokes. If there is any excess stain that has accumulated on your object’s surface, wipe it off immediately. You can prevent lap marks by applying your stain in a new area and moving the brush toward the area that you stained just prior. This way, the stain will be spread evenly throughout the object’s surface for a balanced blend. Always work from the top to the bottom so that excessive stain can run downward to unstained areas instead of lower areas being overrun with the drip of stain that is applied above. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Majic Paints.

What Tractors Mean for Farming

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Majic Blog | Comments Off on What Tractors Mean for Farming

Did you know that more than 80 percent of your diet likely comes from the seeds of about twelve plant species? These plants themselves are often found in the Earth’s landscape naturally, and many times, they are planted and harvested on farms.

Farming itself began more than 10,000 years ago, and it basically stayed the same until the 1700s. It was during this time that there began to be a great increase in agriculture production. During the 1850s, farmers decided to implement new farming techniques—crop rotation, use of manure, better soil preparation—all of which helped to produce higher amounts and higher quality of crops.

Once tractors were invented, farming was propelled to a whole new level. It didn’t take long for tractors to start coming in different sizes, types, and colors. In fact, farmers were able to choose tractor, truck, and implement enamel in almost any color they chose.

Majic Paint, a leader in the painting industry, understands what tractors mean for farming. These pieces of heavy machinery are able to perform a wide range of tasks, including plowing, cutting down crops, moving crops, digging holes, and much more.

With the right tractors and attachments, farmers can greatly reduce the amount of time that they have to spend performing any one task. As a result, farmers are able to boost their overall productivity levels.

Although some farmers find it incredibly expensive to invest in tractors and other types of heavy machinery, the associated expenses tend to pay off within just one to three years, especially for farmers who have massive farms of 100 acres or more.

Without the invention of tractors, farming would be a slow process—slower than it already is—meaning crop production would be minimal. Instead of acquiring crops from grocery stores and local farmers, almost everyone would have to farm their own plants and vegetables because production would be so low.

If you have a tractor, or you’re thinking about purchasing one, make sure to purchase one that can meet all of your farming needs. And don’t forget that you can use Majic Paint to meet all of your tractor, truck, and implement enamel needs, allowing you to have heavy machinery that always looks its best for the long haul.

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