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Old 12-28-06, 02:42 PM   #1
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Primer grey as a color choice.

Back in my VW days, I used to see a lot of really cool vintage bugs and other hot rods out at the drag strip that were all primer grey. Some were people who had prepped their cars, but hadn't saved the cash to have them painted, but a few ran them that way because it looked cool.

I'm presently building up an old Medici touring frame as a fixed gear. I haven't really decided on the color scheme -- all black with hand painted lugs or flat black with color applied by my first graders (see link in my sig file).

But I want to ride the bike. I have all the parts. I also would like to know if the frame fits me and see how it rides before I put a lot of time into a paint job.

So would it be cool to run the bike primer grey for a while? I figured I'd just put a little black on the head tube and bottom bracket shell so I don't need to pull those parts when I finally do paint the frame.

What do you all think?
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Old 12-28-06, 03:01 PM   #2
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I love that paint job on the bike in your sig. Powder coat it, don't primer it. It will look nicer.
But, I guess if you are doing it for temps. Why not just do it. Primer grey and see how it looks.
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Old 12-28-06, 03:04 PM   #3
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I like red or black primer better, grey is so last year.
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Old 12-28-06, 03:11 PM   #4
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Do you mean this color?:

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Old 12-28-06, 03:11 PM   #5
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Battleship grey worked for the bianchi pista..

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Old 12-28-06, 03:15 PM   #6
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I just primered my bmx frame/fork and looks real good. But Im going to get a real snazzy paintjob because I have nothing better to do.
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If you do use the primer, make sure you find a sealing primer. A lot of primers won't keep moisture away from the metal underneath, and you'll end up with rust under the paint.
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Old 12-28-06, 03:25 PM   #8
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Sounds like a bike posted in the photo sticky long time ago. It looked primer black with red outlining the lugs. They had it parked infront of a Jolly Roger flag. Totally had that rat rod look.
I've been thinking of going with a flat black clear coat. It looked good on the 32 Highboy rat rod I saw the other day.

Side note:Your bike painted by your class makes me smile everytime I see it.
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Old 12-28-06, 03:43 PM   #9
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File-cabinet grey? Nah man, it's so soulless. I wonder if it would work if you could get it down to the raw steel with a sandblaster, and then just clear coat it then. No primer, just a ton of clear coat. Didn't some BMX frames come like that back in the day? I think they called it "raw" as the color.
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File-cabinet grey? Nah man, it's so soulless. I wonder if it would work if you could get it down to the raw steel with a sandblaster, and then just clear coat it then. No primer, just a ton of clear coat. Didn't some BMX frames come like that back in the day? I think they called it "raw" as the color.
Better yet, strip it down to the bare metal, then scrub it with vinegar, lemon juice, or some other mild acid solution. Leave it on for a while then rinse clean. Really interesting yellow/green/brown patinas will form. Rub the surface rust off with a dry cloth before clear coating.

I used to do this with my metal sculpture. However, I was using muriatic acid (the stuff you use to etch concrete). It's pretty nasty.
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Old 12-28-06, 04:29 PM   #12
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i have a 74 gitane track frame that i had powder coated with an industrial metallic grey. i'm way into it. i have some pictures around somewhere.
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Old 12-28-06, 07:04 PM   #13
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If you do use the primer, make sure you find a sealing primer. A lot of primers won't keep moisture away from the metal underneath, and you'll end up with rust under the paint.
I actually don't plan on having the setup for very long. I have another bike, so I won't need to ride it in the rain or fog.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:14 PM   #14
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i ride the grey bike.
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Is that a feather in your seatpost collar?
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I actually don't plan on having the setup for very long. I have another bike, so I won't need to ride it in the rain or fog.
There is moisture in the air even when it's not raining or foggy. Unless you plan to strip it down to bare metal again before its next paint job, use a sealing primer.
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I've been running this Bianchi Pista with just gray primer for the last 3 years.
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Better yet, strip it down to the bare metal, then scrub it with vinegar, lemon juice, or some other mild acid solution. Leave it on for a while then rinse clean. Really interesting yellow/green/brown patinas will form. Rub the surface rust off with a dry cloth before clear coating.

I used to do this with my metal sculpture. However, I was using muriatic acid (the stuff you use to etch concrete). It's pretty nasty.
Then why not go all the way and let the surface rust in that random fashion, and preserve that? It would give it a "Fallout" look (if you know the game). I have seen computer cases painted in that style, and it's really cool. I didn't like it at first but then it grew on me. And I am now seriously thinking about it for my beater.I'm just not sure how to "fix" that layer of rust down, protect it effectively.
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Ive had multiple primer grey bikes. I like it. And if it get scratched then its easy to touch up with the rattle can.
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You could also do black primer on the tubes and something colorful and shiny on the lugs. It would be like the bike version of suede and flames.
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Here's an Idea I havent read here yet:

*Get a "Touch-Up" auto body spray gun (Steal/Borrow/Buy)

*Start with Grey Primer

*To the primer add random "left over" auto body paint which body shops have freely given me before & see what you come up with and do each tube a diff. "Scheme"

*Work's great did it with a old camaro someone gave me

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I suppose you can use white primer as well but immore into darker color's
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