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Old 02-06-11, 01:06 PM   #1
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Bike Painting

I just primed my fork, frame, quill stem, and handlebar for my road bike. I want to make a very unique design by painting the frame's junctions with a different color from the tubes. Any advice in masking?
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Old 02-06-11, 02:26 PM   #2
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I would use a small paintbrush and tin of modelling enamel paint rather than spray paint for detailing work. Done carefully you can get a good finish and avoid getting paint where you don't want it.
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Actually, here are some pictures of my frame and fork.

http://img607.imageshack.us/i/1003740.jpg/
http://img534.imageshack.us/i/1003742f.jpg/
http://img696.imageshack.us/i/1003749.jpg/
http://img33.imageshack.us/i/1003750k.jpg/
http://img827.imageshack.us/i/1003753r.jpg/

If I use a small brush, how will I avoid a noticeable brush job?

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Old 02-07-11, 04:05 PM   #4
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Nice Pics.

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Links are fine for me - pics of a white and green fork and frame for a skittles bike.

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Actually, here are some pictures of my frame and fork.

If I use a small brush, how will I avoid a noticeable brush job?
I think he was suggesting a small brush for outlining the lugs, a common treatment. If you want to paint the entire lugs a contrasting color it will take very tricky masking indeed.

Here are outlined lugs:


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The white and gray paints were the primers. The final color will be black and green. If I mask it, will the paint be stripped by removing the tape?
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I think you'll need to allow very long cures between coats. I'd go long, like a week. Use green masking tape.

I better link to green masking tape.

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