Why Does Kubota Orange Paint Fade So Fast?

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davesl708

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I have notice only a slight fading in my 03 BX. I do apply car wax to it to make it easier to clean. Less dirt sticks to it. The wax does have UV blocking.
 
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rustyshakelford

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It's nothing new about their paint fading. The surprising thing to me is how many customers are fine with getting a OOS tractor that has been sitting outside uncovered for several months or longer. My old 5055 had several interior pieces faded that I saw after the fact. For the new tractor, it was ordered. Didn't want any leftover stock that had been cooked and it stays in the shop unless it's being used

Brett
 
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rustydollar

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Cadmium was banned for use as a paint pigment, to us common folk.

All the information on Cadmium - Pigments

Cadmium Pigments

Cadmium pigments are stable inorganic colouring agents which can be produced in a range of brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red and maroon. Their greatest use is in plastics but they also have significant application in ceramics, glasses and specialist paints.

Modern day Cadmium pigments are carefully engineered products manufactured in regulated chemical plants with full Health and Safety and Environmental permits under responsible care management. They are calcined to a high temperature to convert to the stable hexagonal form before then undergoing a series of further processes resulting in highly stable pigment grade products with controlled particle size, surface area and surface treatment to ensure they are not only correct for colour but also meet extremely low solubility limits.
 
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Off-topic, kinda related:

Caltrans used Omaha Orange, similar to Kubota orange, for decades. A cost effectiveness study found this custom color is more expensive to manufacture and is not used on any OEM equipment so everything ordered by Caltrans got custom-painted at additional cost before delivery. Plus it fades.

That study recommended a change in specifications to ordering new equipment in plain OEM white with added vinyl decals or striping as needed. Photo - source (2010). That's the custom rig for the statewide bridge inspection crew, including divers. Note the boat being towed. A more recent white pickup is in the background.
 
 
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