Any tips/hints to spray painting a bike frame?

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  1. Wizard of Poz

    Wizard of Poz New Member

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    Going to paint the frame and swingarm and was wondering if anyone had any hints or tips. Dont know what paint im using, but plan on painting the frame matte black. Anyone have any tips for making it not come out as shit? Black seems pretty hard to paint evenly.
     
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    Don't do it send it out to powercoat it. If you take everything off anyway might as well get it done right. If your just masking off the parts you don't want painted then gehto it out all you want.
     
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    all that work stripping the bike down and you're going to spray paint it?
     
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    +1 plus powder coat lasts longer and is more durable than just a bout any paint, and is avaible in any color you could think of.
     
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    if you're dead set on spraying it, sand it first to get all the shit off and to rough up the surface. then apply a couple coats of primer sanding each coat with a fine grit sand paper, and sand all of the runs out. do this for like 2 to 3 or so coats or until you feel like its covered properly. then go for the color, do the same thing on the first coat, sand it with a fine grit. then continue to apply coats until its covered making sure to sand out all imperfections. clear the same way if you want a clear coat.

    rattle canning a bike can turn out well if you do it correctly, and dont buy cheap paint.
     
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    Im not striping down to the frame and powder coating is expensive.
     
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    powder coating isnt too expensive.....its worth the money man....
     
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    just to ad to this, when you spray the color spray a very light coat on and let it sit to a few minutes to tack up and then do a full spray, this helps prevent drips and runs in the paint.

    If you want to go nuts their are two part paints available in spray cans available which will give you a higher quality, more durable finish. The can has a plunger you pull to mix the hardener in, then you have about 24hrs to use the can before it turns into a brick. I've seen it run for about $20 a can but if you want a long lasting durable finish on a budget it's the way to go.
     

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