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    another repaint thread: Spatter painting a bike frame

    I saw this bike on craigslist and fell in love. I want to emulate the paint job on my late 80s paramount - that has been repainted pink(ish) (powder coat i think, with a primer - the paint job is decent).






    any one spatter painted a bike frame like this before? if so, care to share any techniques or tips?

    Right now i'm thinking of using a stiff brush and dipping the bristles in the paint - then i'd using my fingers to go against the bristles and fling the paint onto the frame. I thought about spray paint, but not sure how to make it come out that course.

    Also, any one know what type of paint might be best? I'm thinking enamel gloss - in 1/2 quart size cans. I cannot seem to find the colors i want though - so would be up for suggestions of what store to look in or where to find online. I'm thinking since the background is darkpinkish of going with bright green, light blue, white - and maybe dark blue and light purple. Yes, its sort of easter-y, but, hey, what can you do when you start with a pink background?

    Finally, clear coat. I think it would be a good idea to clear coat afterward - i'll probably find some spray can stuff at the auto parts shop.

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    Jason Pollock called - he wants his bike back. On that note, It would be awesome to have a bike like this next to a LOOK in the Mondriaan livery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
    Jason Pollock called - he wants his bike back. On that note, It would be awesome to have a bike like this next to a LOOK in the Mondriaan livery.
    yes, jackson* pollock inspired.

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    I have had a splatter painted bicycle for some time now. It is an eighties something Canadian made Proctor and, even though I do not really like the splatter effect, it does hide paint chips really well...


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    I've done it with water colors by dipping my brush, then flicking the shaft of the brush so it splashed color on the page. That technique probably wouldn't work with thicker paints though.

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    That paint job is wicked, white with red, blue, and yellow would be my choice. For custom plaster work I have used paint and plaster in a texture gun to get the same effect on a large scale for walls. For small scale you would have to set up a Passcha or other small paint sprayer to sputter or spit. You would use the same paint as the base just mixed thicker, not to much or you end up with runs or bumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Edwards View Post
    That paint job is wicked, white with red, blue, and yellow would be my choice. For custom plaster work I have used paint and plaster in a texture gun to get the same effect on a large scale for walls. For small scale you would have to set up a Passcha or other small paint sprayer to sputter or spit. You would use the same paint as the base just mixed thicker, not to much or you end up with runs or bumps.
    I actually agree with your color choices, but I have to start with a pink background - not going to get it painted white first.

    and thanks for the painting tips... but i don't have a painting gun, compressor, or anything of the sort.

    any one know where i might be able to find gloss enamel paint in odd colors?

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    I'm an old school teacher of art and sometimes a student would want a similar effect. We found the most consistent method of achieving a splatter was an old toothbrush dipped in paint then holding the toothbrush in one hand, with the bristles facing upwards, flick the bristles with an index fingernail of the opposite hand.

    Having painted a number of bike frames I would say that one of your biggest hurdles would be the roundness of the tubes and the complex intersection of tubes at the lugs. It would be very easy to get runs on the tubes if the paint didn't hit the tube square on and over splattering tubes at the lugs. The paint would have to have a bit of 'thickness' to help hold it's round form.

    I think a test run to develop your technique would be important. Turning the frame constantly would be needed to help avoid runs and perhaps doing it in sections to allow the paint to go off before starting a new section would be important also. Got any old and unwanted bikes laying around?

    I also think achieving a good result would mean much time devoted to the task.

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    This thread had me look up all my favorite artist and try to decide what would be my choice for a livery... Somehow my mind gravitates towards a ultra happy/hipster keith haring fixie. O snap, wrong forum!
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    i definitely think a brush flicking method of some sort would be needed

    looks really clean especially with the lugs painted all white. the Sante gruppo is also pure sex.. mmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
    I'm an old school teacher of art and sometimes a student would want a similar effect. We found the most consistent method of achieving a splatter was an old toothbrush dipped in paint then holding the toothbrush in one hand, with the bristles facing upwards, flick the bristles with an index fingernail of the opposite hand.

    Having painted a number of bike frames I would say that one of your biggest hurdles would be the roundness of the tubes and the complex intersection of tubes at the lugs. It would be very easy to get runs on the tubes if the paint didn't hit the tube square on and over splattering tubes at the lugs. The paint would have to have a bit of 'thickness' to help hold it's round form.

    I think a test run to develop your technique would be important. Turning the frame constantly would be needed to help avoid runs and perhaps doing it in sections to allow the paint to go off before starting a new section would be important also. Got any old and unwanted bikes laying around?

    I also think achieving a good result would mean much time devoted to the task.
    i've mastered this technique (although not on a bike), so i was originally thinking of trying to step up to a stiff scrub brush - we'll see how it goes. if i cannot, i'll go with a toothbrush (not all toothbrushes are created equal => the cheap ones work much better) - but i think it might take a while doing 5 spatter coats. i'd definitely do test runs before i go for the frame. now i need to find paint...

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    Good luck - your example photos do look pretty interesting with the assorted colour splatter.

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    If thats a Bill Holland frame then the guy who painted that is still around. He is in the San Diego area, for a cool $800.00 (+ or -) he could paint your bike. I talked to him about a year ago or so. Lost the info. Google Bill Holland.

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    Bears a striking resemblance (save the paint job) to my John Hollands. I look forward to seeing the results! That's a Joe Bell paintjob, if Im not mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3373jones View Post
    I saw this bike on craigslist and fell in love. I want to emulate the paint job on my late 80s paramount - that has been repainted pink(ish) (powder coat i think, with a primer - the paint job is decent).






    any one spatter painted a bike frame like this before? if so, care to share any techniques or tips?

    Right now i'm thinking of using a stiff brush and dipping the bristles in the paint - then i'd using my fingers to go against the bristles and fling the paint onto the frame. I thought about spray paint, but not sure how to make it come out that course.

    Also, any one know what type of paint might be best? I'm thinking enamel gloss - in 1/2 quart size cans. I cannot seem to find the colors i want though - so would be up for suggestions of what store to look in or where to find online. I'm thinking since the background is darkpinkish of going with bright green, light blue, white - and maybe dark blue and light purple. Yes, its sort of easter-y, but, hey, what can you do when you start with a pink background?

    Finally, clear coat. I think it would be a good idea to clear coat afterward - i'll probably find some spray can stuff at the auto parts shop.
    I have had a friend paint two motorcycle gas tanks and side covers for me in a splatter finish and that is how he did it, he used a stiff brush and flicks it with his fingers (wears gloves) and then clears it. I don't have any pics scanned into my computer of it and the bike is buried in my shed & covered so I can't get any but it came out just like that frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glennfordx4 View Post
    I have had a friend paint two motorcycle gas tanks and side covers for me in a splatter finish and that is how he did it, he used a stiff brush and flicks it with his fingers (wears gloves) and then clears it. I don't have any pics scanned into my computer of it and the bike is buried in my shed & covered so I can't get any but it came out just like that frame.

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    cool. i'm going to give it a go.

    and yes, that's a joe bell paint job. I'm up against the best!! we'll see how it goes luckily i am artistic.

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    The correct way to do this is with a spray gun, altered reductions, air pressures and tips. I have done this for some people on special request. It's not that hard once you get it down.

    I don't really like to do it because touch-ups are a *****. I can fix scratches and chips normally for a perfect match. But when someone wants something like this touched up I hate it.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by coda View Post
    The correct way to do this is with a spray gun, altered reductions, air pressures and tips. .
    problem is, i don't have any of that.

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    update sneak peak.

    as found (I ended up with a 'free' frame after selling all the SS/fixed parts)





    a couple more colors in the works before i clear coat her.
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    Thats funny in a way because many early 90s Paramounts were spatter painted from the factory.

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    this is a waterford. i think it was the Japanese ones that were spatter painted... but yes, its somehow seems "OK" because of that.

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    Wow, you are artistic. Looks great.

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    that looks hella sweet.
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    Very nice!
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    Thanks guys! cannot wait until i get the next couple of colors on. I'll take pictures of how i did it this time.

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