Rattle Can Paint Job: Kubota L2000 Restoration

Hello, Mr. K here! We’ll take a small detour from our latest discussion on how readers at home can paint their own Kubotas, to show off some of the work we have performed lately.

Rattle Can Style
This is a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market or gray market) Kubota L2000 that we recently painted “rattle can style” in our garage at home using the techniques we described in our rattle can paint techniques article. This particular L2000 was manufactured by Kubota in Japan around 1978. Notice that we took a little editorial licence in customizing the appearance of this Kubota. Down the center of the hood we sprayed Duplicolor spray on truck bed liner. It has a unique stippled finish to it and it toughens up the hood a bit and makes your Kubota look like a “sport model”. We also used this spray liner on the lower grille area and the underside of the hood.

A 1978 Kubota L2000 with restored paint using factory Kubota paint and decals

A 1978 Kubota L2000 with restored paint using factory Kubota paint and decals

Decals, Wheels and Muffler
Notice the new Kubota decals on this tractor, they are 100% genuine Kubota inventory and are still readily available today. You’ll notice that the wheels were painted white using Kilz and then reversed to gain a wider footprint yielding additional stability. The muffler and exhaust stack were painted as well.

A side shot of the L2000 detailing the painted frame, muffler and stack, wheels and installed decals

A side shot of the L2000 detailing the painted frame, muffler and stack, wheels and installed decals

Dash Restoration
The dash assembly on this L2000 was not painted, rather it was machine polished and waxed. The rest of the tractor was very faded out, despite the low 349 original hours – the tractor is still 30+ years old. We decided to keep the brake pedals yellow as was factory, and replaced the bright red service point accents as can be seen on the engine air kill lever and the transmission oil fill area.

The dash of the tractor was not repainted but came up really well after machine polishing and using a bit of wax

The dash of the tractor was not repainted but came up really well after machine polishing and using a bit of wax

The paint restoration of this L2000 is just one example of how a few simple techniques combined with the right paint can restore the look of your sun faded tractor in no time!

Mr. K

Related Articles
Kubota Paint – Part Numbers, Where to Apply and How Much
Rattle Can Paint Job: Part 1 – Tractor Prep & Proper Technique
Rattle Can Paint Job: Part 2 – Frame, Engine, Transmission & Wheels

2 Comments »

  1. Dave Said,

    November 6, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    Hello Mr.K Do you have the part No. for the decals you used on the tractor in the rattle can paint job? Im looking to respray my L1801DT and need to find somthing to replace the old decals.

    Thanking you in anticipation

    Dave

  2. brian Said,

    January 11, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Yo, I’m looking for the seat decal on my 1980 L2850 It’s white Kubota w/black outline any sggs??

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