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    Hammerite?

    Any of you ever paint a bike with Hammerite paint? I just would like to take a vote/get a concensus on what everyone thinks of it as an overall paint for painting a frame. Good categories to rate (say on a scale from 1-10) might be durability, look, and ease of application- or anything else you can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matimeo
    Any of you ever paint a bike with Hammerite paint? I just would like to take a vote/get a concensus on what everyone thinks of it as an overall paint for painting a frame. Good categories to rate (say on a scale from 1-10) might be durability, look, and ease of application- or anything else you can think of.
    I used it once, a kind of charcoal grey textury finish. Pretty durable and paints like, well, paint!
    Only downside I can recall is that it contains silicone, so clearing with anything besides Hammerite clear would not stick. And I'm not entirely sure that there IS a Hammerite clear. I think I just left the color as the final coat. Read the can for details on clearing etc. It looked pretty cool & had a nice feel to it.
    And try a sample tube (like on some PVC) before commiting to the frame.

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    I like Hammerite for it's durability and the funky, industrial looking finish.

    Like any finish coat, the prep is the most important part of getting good looking, consistant results. If you spray Hammerite over crappy paint, it may pull up the old paint in the drying process. Make sure the surface you're painting on is solid and clean.

    Hammerite is a very slow drying paint. It's best applied in a warm room. If you absolutely must spray in a cold garage, warm up the frame first with a hair dryer or heat *** and warm up the can by sitting it in warm water. Not super hot but room temp is the minimum. Just don't get the spray tip wet or splash water on the frame you are trying to spray.

    It is an absolute must to let the frame dry for a couple days in a warm room before working on it. Better yet, leave the frame in front of the heater for several hours. Hammerite really needs to be warm to cure in a reasonable time. The spray cans are better than the brush on stuff in this regard but it can still be soft for several days if you don't give it some heat.

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    I used it on an iron railing. It looks good and is holding up well. It took more than a couple of days to dry. More like weeks. It's easy to work with and it hides flaws.

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    Can't testify to Hammerite, but for these types of applications I use one of the POR-15 products [http://www.por15.com/]. Their flagship line is paint that is arguably the best rust stopper and preventative out there. They also make a paint for the application you described, called "Hardnose" [http://www.por15.com/bHardnose-Paint...2&category=212]. No affiliation. . .just a long-time user.
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    FWIW I used the Rustoleum Hammerite spray on when I cleaned up and painted a 60yr old 1800# milling machine about 3yrs ago and was pleased with the result. It has ignored the oil drips and runs and stuck well to the previous paint which was cleaned of 40yrs of accumulated grease, oil, dirt and chips with simple green and lots of elbow grease. I used 6 cans to cover the machine, motor, and to paint 4 drawers I mounted on my lathe stand. Sticks to primed wood well also.

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    I use hammerite for the dropouts , chainstays and touchup jobs on my commuter. It is a good, durable paint with a nice finish.

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    I find lots of links for Hammerite in UK. Is it marketed in North America? Who stocks it?

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    My local Ace hardware has it. Roger

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    It's ugly and your bike will look like a Murray from the early 90's.

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    I remember several years ago one of the local hardware stores here had a small metal panel painted with Hammerite, with a hammer beside it, laying on the checkout counter. I never hit it, but I guess it might have been a good way for frustrated customers to let out their frustrations as they yelled at the cashier. Presumably, the cashier kept an even bigger hammer behind the counter-
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    I painted a guitar with it, hehe! Yep, took about a week to dry because it was winter, but looks great to this day. I also did some metal end tables for my bedroom, and they're not scratching up. It's not your average spray can paint, it has a hard finish once dry. In hot weather it will dry hard in about 24 hours.,,,,BD

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