I've been taking advantage of this crappy bicycling weather to redo my fixed gear bike.
My original multi-color rattle can paint job didn't meet my expectations so I feathered down the edges at the color separations and now it's all red. The color looks good and it's reasonably shiny, but it has more orange peel than I'd like.
Watching Chop Cut Rebuild (one of my favorite TV programs), they suggested giving it 5 coats of clear and color wet sand it with 900 grit. Might that work? I tested wet sanding the red and it lost it's gloss.
Here's my choices:
1. Leave well enough alone. Let the red paint cure for about a month and give it a good coat of Mother's wax.
2. Leave the paint alone but work it over with buffing compound before waxing.
3. Give it some number of coats of clear, buff (or not) and polish.
4. Go all the way - clear coat, wet sand, buff and polish.
Time doesn't really matter because I've got other bikes that I can ride if this bike isn't ready when it gets nice.
A bad result, provided that I learn something from it, won't break my heart. I can always strip it down again and start over. I don't want to do that but I'm willing to if that's what it takes. Cost, within a pretty broad range doesn't even matter. I'm seriously considering spending a few hundred dollars for a spray *** and related materials.
Finally, I know that I can have the frame powder coated at a reasonable cost. To me, however, that would be paying somebody else to have the fun of working on my bike. Not going to happen so don't go there.