Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek
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No, I would not recommend High-Temp paint for a bicycle. It is far too hard and brittle. It can handle heat, but not banging, flexxing, or abrasion nearly as well as real two-part automotive paint. if you used it, even with clear coat, the flexxing alone would certainly crack the finish over time.
If you insist on spray paint, the regular enamels are much better.
However, if I may recommend. Since you don't seem to have all the equipment available to paint a bike, like a compressor and touch-up gun, etc. I would then recommend taking this route.
Go to the local automotive paint store, and pick out the color you want. prep and Prime the frame ahead of time. Then, have the guy mix up some proper two-part automotive paint in a spray can. Make sure your frame is hanging, and ready to paint as soon as you get home, because that mixed paint will harden in a few hours. Paint ASAP. Wait 20mins, then add another coat. Two or three coats is usually good enough.
After it's dry (a week is best), very lightly scuff it with a wet sand 600gr paper. This will prep it for clear coating. Then, go back to the paint shop, and have him mix up some two-part clear coat, also in a can. Run home, and clear coat your bike with two coats. Let the paint set for a good hour, then pull all the tape.
Wait a week for a full cure before building.
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Last edited by Patriot; 07-09-08 at 05:30 AM.