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Collection, Preservation and Display of Old Lawn Mowers

Qualcast Panther 1940/1950

Hi, i wonder if anyone can help / offer advice... i have just purchased a qualcast panther manufactured in 1940's/1950's and i am looking to get it restored. can anyone advise the Qualcast green paint required for the body and the red paint for the cylinder blades, also would appreciate any advise on anyone who can restore and provide the grass box and chain cover decals.

many thanks



richardhughes Wed, 28/05/2014

Hi Hillsider,

yes that's exactly the model i have, and wow what a superb restoration job, can you offer me some assistance with mine ?

Regards Richard

hillsider Fri, 30/05/2014

Ok, I shall put together a post listing the materials that I used for you, in the meanwhile there are sections on this website containing useful information about restoring mowers including mower colours that could help you.

Search the technical information and Transfers sections where you will find the info that you you need.


richardhughes Fri, 30/05/2014

Hi Ray,  thank you that would be great, really appreciate your help


hillsider Sun, 01/06/2014

To restore the mower pictured in my earlier post the first step after dismantling the mower was to clean of what little paint there was along with the rust by using an abrasive Flap Wheel in an electric drill. this was followed by wiping over with a cloth damped by paint thinners to remove dust before applying two coats of Hammerite No1 Rustbeater paint to all parts, the top coats used were Hammerite Smooth Red for the cylinder and Dulux Trade Gloss colour code S4550G30Y for the green parts of the mower, the rear roller was sprayed with a grey aerosol that was just on the shelf in my shed.

The green colour was matched at our local B&Q store using the inside of the chain cover as a sample of original paint that was not faded by exposure to the elements, The colour used on my machine does seem to be a rather bright green when compared to the original but the scanning operation was completed twice to check the result before mixing the paint

The mower here was not intended to be used to cut grass so the cutting cylinder was painted all over and set to have a clearance between the cylinder and the bottom blade solving the problem of future corrosion to the blade edges and saving the cost of a regrind.

Please be aware to use a nuisance dust face mask and goggles when cleaning off the old paint and any corrosion before painting. Also use gloves when handling any chemicals to protect your skin.

Good luck with the restoration and post us a photo of the completed mower.



richardhughes Mon, 02/06/2014

Thanks Ray, for all this info,  really appreciate it. I have already started to dismantle the mower, and will certainly post the pics when all completed. Just hope it looks as good as yours.