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    sdime
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    Rustoleum Dry Time

    I painted my fixies frame a week ago with 3 coats of Rustoleum paint from Wallymart. As of today, the paint is still not dry; I can make an indentation on the paint by lightly scratching it with my fingernail. According to Rustoleum, the paint is suppose to dry completely in 24 hours. However, it's been seven days of mild weather. Has anyone else had this problem before? I'm dying to ride this fixie for the first time, and it's gruelling to watch paint dry.

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    Did you wait for the first coat to dry before adding the second and third?

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    You didnt let each coat dry 100% before adding the next coat. You fcked up bad. Start over.

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    And yet another way to look at it is that rattle can paint never seems to harden up all the way.

    What you could do is get a heat lamp bulb and put it in some kind of lamp or make one up with a socket or something and kinda "cook" it for awhile which will probably do the trick (putting frame in the oven is definitely NOT reccomended lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixxxie
    And yet another way to look at it is that rattle can paint never seems to harden up all the way.
    Yes it does.

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    Yes, I did let the coats dry for about 5 minutes before applying more coats. The instruction on the can says not to wait too long between coats.

    I think that I probably put the paint on a bit too thick. However, I would think that after a week even thick paint would be dry by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    You didnt let each coat dry 100% before adding the next coat. You fcked up bad. Start over.
    I'm going to try the heat lamp. If, however, that doesn't produce satisfactory results, how do I remove the paint from the bike? Would liquid paint stripper work?

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    that type of paint doesn't really harden up good for more like a month than a week, especially if you put on thick coats. Several thin coats, and patience are whats required to get an even remotely durable spray-can finish. I know the last one I did was really fragile a week after painting, but got batter over time. Unfortunately it was already really chipped by that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdime
    I'm going to try the heat lamp. If, however, that doesn't produce satisfactory results, how do I remove the paint from the bike? Would liquid paint stripper work?
    that stuff will fly off with paint stripper. A little lacker thinner will probably take it off.

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    Ive found the best results from spraypainting by redefining how much paint is "a coat".
    Ill paint then dry a total of 3 times before the color looks solid. This method also keeps
    you from having problems with drips.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne
    Ive found the best results from spraypainting by redefining how much paint is "a coat".
    Ill paint then dry a total of 3 times before the color looks solid. This method also keeps
    you from having problems with drips.
    For me, the color looks solid after only 1 coat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdime
    For me, the color looks solid after only 1 coat!
    and its not dry

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    mist a can on at a time make sure you dont get any drips. lay it on thick. as long as its all wet it will dry all together. if you do it in coats and dont let it dry all the way it seals in the wetness.
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    i've painted several bikes. thin coats are the way to go.

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    rustolium is total crap paint.

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    It's also temperature dependent. How have you been storing the bike while the paint's been drying? I think the can usually says 24 hours at 70*.
    The preceding information is strictly opinion. The following information is incorrect.

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    keep it thin. if you go to thick the paint will well up around the lugs, and in my opinion bikes look much nicer when the lugs are nice and sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    keep it thin. if you go to thick the paint will well up around the lugs, and in my opinion bikes look much nicer when the lugs are nice and sharp.
    sharp lugs may poke


    but seriously use duplicolor auto paint and primer the frame first a lite coat of primer works better than you would think
    I am dyslexic so bear with my posts.... [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by na975
    rustolium is total crap paint.
    I have always had nothing but the best results from rusto, although since they do own a number of other, sub-par, spray-paint companies maybe you could say some rusto is total crap paint, but the rustoluem branded cans are thicker than most domestic off the shelf paint brands.

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    paint with blood

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