home paint job in progress on a '74 raleigh gran sports.
original frame was in pretty bad shape, rust all over the frame with some deep penetrations on top and down tube. there was no way doing re-touch if i wanted to deal with rust. decided not to go with a proper restoration but a single gear build. (pls, don't shoot me here. it's my very 1st building project and wanted to begin with a relatively easier one, just to get to know bikes.)
one shop in nyc would charge 300 for normal paint job and decided to go with a home job. putting 300 over a 40 clam frame wouldn't make a logical sense.
1. how it arrived.
2. stripped out (god, i hate that paint stripper thingy), some intensive grinding and sanding, applying the sour smelly rust inhibitors and etc.
3. primed with rust-o-leum clean metal. double coat, masking the chrome area.
4. painted with HEMI orange engine block enamel—which is supposed to have a quite durable surface. double coat. a couple runny area, but should be fine with some compounding jobs, i guess. (i do have some home auto body experience).
so. here lies the question. i would love to finish it with a super shiny but durable clear coat. what's the best? easy choice i know is clear enamel for automotive. do you bike-meisters have better recommendation ie) urethan, honey, sugar syrup or anything?
many thanks in advance and again, sorry for it's not a C&V restoration.
(feel like here C&V is my hometown, and do promise doing one soon)