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    Spray Paint and Clear Coat Brand for VeloCals

    Hi all, new to the forum here, but I did a bit of digging on posts about velocals and couldn't find any info on paint brands to use with velocals application and I was wondering if anyone had experience to share.

    I bought an old 1987 Trek 560 for my wife's bday but wanted to paint it for her before I gave it to her. I have all the paint stripped and the bike is ready to paint. I ordered some 2mil vinyl VeloCals to be applied before the clear coat, and these came with some basic instructions, but as far as primer, paint, and clear coat details go, it wasn't very specific.

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice as far as brands or types of materials to use as this will be my first paint.

    Thanks!

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    pretty sure you can use any paint and clear. I use lacquer and its a pretty hardcore paint. if decals can survive that, they can take anything.
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    Vintage Treks were painted with Dupont Imron automotive grade finishes. If you want a metallic looking finish, you probably can't do too poorly with paint from your local auto parts store.
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    Yeah I would prefer to use lacquer based paints, but velocal instructions say the lacquer will ruin the decals.

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    I have done several frames using lacquer and velocals decals. I'm actually doing a trek 660 right now. I have never had a problem.
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    Sloar is the go-to guy on spraying lacquer, but I might add, if you use clear lacquer, spray the first coat, or two, in a dry mist. Not too wet. When good and dry then you can lay on heavier, but still light, further coats.

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    good point rootboy. no matter what paint I use, primer paint and clear, my first coat is always a light mist. Gives the second coat a good adhesion.
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