50/50 Road/eBike Commuter
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Specialized Sirrus, Brompton
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Just Repainted Frame. Getting Nicked Very Easily. Should I Clear Coat or ???
I'm repainting a frame for the first time. It's a vintage road frame w/ Reynolds 531 steel tubing. I cleaned everything up properly, let it dry, primed the whole frame (except decals), and then painted the color on. I followed the guidelines for environmental conditions. Today (well after specified total drying times) I started to remove the tape, plugs etc. I had on to protect parts I didn't want to paint, but I noticed that the paint was getting nicked very easily. I was barely handling the thing. I've gone over all the nicks with the color, so now I'd like to know what to do next. From what I've been reading, I suppose I should apply clear coat, correct? The color paint can suggests using Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Crystal Clear "for an even glossier finish". I don't have anything like this yet, so I want to pick up whatever will work best. This is for a bike that is used for regular commuting, including in the rain (though I usually use a different bike in the winter) so I'm after something that will be durable. I don't want to worry about it getting scratched easily either. It would be nice to get something in a can that I can spray on.
I know there have been some threads on this in the past, but chose to start a new one in case there is something new that is better.
Thanks for any advice.
Primer: Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Clean Metal White Clean Primer
Color: Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Cobalt Blue Metallic
Clear Coat / Other: ???
Last edited by kmcrawford111; 03-10-10 at 01:58 PM.