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Old 07-10-08, 02:27 AM   #1
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Best Paint Company to Paint Bike

I know this is a highly argued topic... but i was wondering which spray paint companies are best to paint bikes with...i have heard companies like duplicolor are great because its automotive paint.

i also need detailed information because i know duplicolor has several paints such as high heat, enamel, touch-up and so on

thanks for any advice you can give.
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Old 07-10-08, 08:43 AM   #2
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Don't use VHT or high heat engine enamels... They're too brittle, and will eventually come off in sheets. Best results from Duplicolor or Krylon automotive exterior grade paints.

As with painting anything, preparation is at least as important as the type of paint, maybe more so.

That said, don't expect durable results from a rattle can. It'll look great, depending upon how smooth & steady you apply it, but it won't resist contact with hard surfaces... bike racks, walls & fences, zippers & belt buckles.
From bitter experience, I can predict that after a few months of use, the bike will look like it weathered a meteor shower.

My suggestion would be to deliver the frame to a car or motorcycle hobbyist who does some painting... There used to be a kid in my neighborhood, had a compressor, sprayer, and the required skills & technique. He'd hang moto parts up on his backyard clothes line and do a pretty decent job.

He helped me respray an old Peugeot bike frame, in BRIGHT General Motors yellow urethane, basecoat-clearcoat. Paint was leftover from some auto repair job he'd done. I gave him $100 for all his effort (he did all the prep work, too.)

The result was better than factory-new, with no drips, no orange peel, and only one or two tiny blemishes from flies that found their way onto the sticky surface (not visible unless I pointed 'em out.) I was quite pleased, and whoever stole that bike from me got one heck of a nice paint job.

So, rattle-can if you must, but seek a weekend car painter for far superior results.
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Old 07-10-08, 09:32 AM   #3
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it's all about the prep... then krylon

i'm in love with dplicolr's self etching primer... smeels wet for liek 2 weeks but never had the paint chip off and there's very little wetsanding needed ( if any ). it does a good job of filling in little imperfection in the metal or old paint.

and remember lots of light coats... dont let that paint run
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would krylon spray paint work on a bike? and what if i paint over the bike without removing that would that affect it in anyway or will the paint just not stick
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if its a nicer frame sycip and waterford have done some awesome work for our shop. Other than that local hotrod/motorcycle shops will do a decent job. If its not something you are being super picky about read up on prep work for paint and bust out the spray paint, if your patient you can actually do a decent job.
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I'd be inclined to find a shop that does professional restoration work on classic cars/motorcycles*. Ask 'em what colors they use and ask if they could do a bicycle for a price in _______ color. I'd do the needed prep. work myself, of course. No rattle-can is going near a machine o' mine.

* Good if you live in a place that has such animals as a lot of NASCAR fans and classic auto-parades down Main Street.
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Also depending on how much you are willing to spend a local body shop supply store will have high end primers and spray paints that usually provide better results than your average spray can from the parts store. But just like mentioned above, 99% of good paint job is good prep work. You will want to a the very least scuff all the old painted surfaces (make sure nothing shines) and then wipe the entire surface down with laquer thinner to remove and oil or grease residue and sanding dust before you attempt to start laying down primer. Otherwise you will end up doing it all over again anyway.
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Yea best to do it right once then over several botched attempts. Speaking of which any advice for painting a carbon fiber part such as a carbon fiber wheel?

Is a factory HED 3 painted? if so how do I go about removing the paint?
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Dupli Color is not automotive paint. It's lacquer that comes in colors to match automotive paint. Lacquer is the worst kind of paint to use on bicycles because it's not durable. Their wheel paint is acrylic enamel, so it's more durable, but the choice of colors is extremely limited. It's nowhere near as tough as real automotive paint, which uses a hardener that is mixed in before spraying.

Nothing that comes in a spray can is very durable. Either pay someone with the equipment and skill to do the job with good paint or buy the equipment and learn to do it yourself. You don't have to spend a fortune on equipment. My Sharpe hvlp detail gun originally cost $300, but I bought it used for $40 and rebuilt it with a $14 kit. You can rent or borrow a compressor. You'll need more stuff, but those two are the biggest expense.
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if its a nicer frame sycip and waterford have done some awesome work for our shop. Other than that local hotrod/motorcycle shops will do a decent job. If its not something you are being super picky about read up on prep work for paint and bust out the spray paint, if your patient you can actually do a decent job.

ya i was thinking something cheep to change the color, i can spray paint well, so that wont be a problem i was just wondering if it was possible.

thanks man
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