Project is my Murray 42" lawn tractor. I let a friend borrow it for a 'weekend' and 7 months later he finally returns it, beat to ****. He ran it without oil and seized the motor, then let it sit outside. So it left in typical lawnmower shape and came back non running, with fucked up paint. He dropped it off early on a Monday, about 6AM, and was gone before I got to the front door. And hasn't answered his phone since. ******.
I charged up the battery, busted the motor loose and opened it up, ghetto honed the cylinder and replaced the piston. Cleaned the airfilter and put in a new spark plug. Miata content: Who knew a Briggs & Stratton 16.5 hp cingle cylinder shared sparkplugs with the miata? Works for me, I got plenty.
I leveled the cutting deck, had to fix the pulley that engages the blades
, and mowed the yard. It ran and mowed, but it was ******* ugly.
So, here comes Mission: Paint the Mower. Plan was flat black with 2 stage flames in yellow and orange, and black wheels.
Here it is in spray can 'primer'
Here it is with orange applied (I was going to mask the orange for orange flames, then spray yellow and mask for the yellow flames, then spray flat black over everything)
This got me to thinking, instead of flat black with the 2 color flames, what about all orange with flat black flames? Or orange hood with gloss black flames, and the rest of the mower in gloss black? Third option, orange flames on gloss pure white mower? The flames will be free hand pinstriped in a contrasting color no matter what.
Ideas? Working with the gloss orange was much easier than flat black. I'm also partial to gloss black, flat black, and gloss white because those colors are only $1/can