I picked up an old lugged steel Schwinn frame not long ago with the intent of just cleaning the components and converting it to a beater of a fixie. Naturally, things snowballed, and now I'm in the process of hand-sanding it with the intent of painting it and making it a cruiser to take to football tailgates.
I figure I've come this far, so I'd like to keep the do-it-yourself factor going. The problem is that I have NO painting equipment, and I'm on a budget. My idea is a solid color frame with white lugs and a couple stripes. Pretty basic, so it may not be terribly expensive to have a shop do it.
My main questions are:
1) What kind of paint works best?
1a) Where is best to get it?
2) What's the best way to apply the paint?
Reading the threads, it doesn't look like there is a lot of love for rattlecan paints, but if I go the route of having an automotive shop put auto paint in rattlecans, will that do the trick? The frame had a decent amount of surface rust but minimal pitting, so I'd like to be careful about rust protection as well.
I won't outright reject the idea of picking up an airbrush, but that would get expensive pretty quick.