I'm hoping for some advice here in regards to painting my Suffolk 75G14 engine as part of my Atco/Suffolk Super Colt restoration in a separate thread.
The engine currently has a lot of the original olive/green/gray colour left on it, as does the flywheel, however there is also a fair amount of darker green where someone in teh past has painted the entire mower the wrong colour.
Around the cooling fins on the engine block there is a fair bit of rust also. Now as it stands, once the restoration is complete I would like this to be a working mower rather than a show piece, so that seems to narrow down paint choices in terms of something along the lines of VHT or alternative engine enamel paints. I would like to keep to the original engine colour if at all possible, however this obviously vastly reduces options for sourcing a suitable paint.
Without seeing it in the flesh, and I know computer and mobile device screens are going to affect shade, a close match I have found online is from the RAL Design range with code 120 90 30
I've found a supplier of this paint online but in order for the paint to be oil/fuel proof and withstand full running temperature, it would have to be supplied as 2 pack paint. This isn't ideal, as I don't believe I would be able to spray this myself in aerosol form due to needing proper respirator etc. So I suppose one option would be to ask a paint sprayer to do this, but then that starts to ramp up the cost.
Looking for suggestion or examples of what others have done here? I could get an off the shelf VHT pain in something like Ford Grey, and paint/spray it myself, but it would be nothing like the original suffolk colour, so I'm torn as to what route to go down, as I will be keeping the rest of the mower rebuild as original as possible including the correct ATCO paint colour for the era.
Would shot or soda/vapour blasting be an option to get in between the fins and nooks and either leave it the natural cast Iron colour, and be prepared that it will rust over time? Or perhaps even powder coating, but again I don't know what sort of money that would be. Perhaps I'm overthinking it but I'm torn as to what to do and don't have endless funds sadly!