How to Paint a Ferguson 35 Tractor

Updated April 17, 2017

Ferguson 35 tractors are an older model tractor. The first models of the Ferguson 35 tractor were built in 1958 and are considered to be antique models. The Ferguson 35 tractor was available in red and occasionally a silver or grey colour. Most restored Ferguson 35 tractors are painted Ferguson Red, which is available in most tractor or farm implement stores in either gallon buckets or in spray cans. A Ferguson 35 tractor can be painted in less than 4 hours.

Use 180-grit sandpaper on a dual action sander to sand away any existing paint from the tractor. Flaking or peeling paint must be removed before new paint is applied so the new paint doesn't crack or flake off. The paint can be removed by hand using the 180-grit paper, but since most of the surface for painting is flat, the dual action sander cuts sanding time to less than 30 minutes.

Wipe the sanded areas with wax and grease remover and a towel. This removes most wax or grease spots that could show up under the dried paint. The liquid evaporates very quickly and does not need to be washed off.

Place masking tape on areas that won't be painted. Cover the seat, steering wheel, engine area and headlights. If paint over-spray gets on the tires or other parts, quickly wipe it off with paint thinner and a towel.

Spray three coats of paint on the tractor's surface. The Ferguson 35 doesn't have much surface area to paint. The bonnet, the front sections underneath the headlights and the back metal area where the seat sits. Once these areas are painted, wait 30 minutes before applying the next coat. Use thin coats to avoid runs in the paint. Wait a full day for the paint to dry completely.


Wait for warm, sunny weather to paint the Ferguson 35 tractor. Cold or wet weather won't allow the tractor enamel to dry correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Dual action sander
  • Wax and grease remover
  • Towel
  • Paint thinner
  • Tractor enamel
  • Masking tape and paper
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Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including,, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.