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    Thinking of painting my frame...

    So I'm thinking the other day that my early 90's Centurion might need some repainting... right now it is a lovely purple and white which the ladies love... but it looks a little too fem for me now.... I'm thinking of a primer grey with maybe some glossy blue to black pinline flames near the tops of the tubes...

    my question is... should I go all the way to the bare metal ? or can I just rough up the paint that is on there now, and primer over it ?

    here's a pic of what it looks liek now... well except last weekend I put some sweet ass Nitto Albatross city bike bars and the Rivendell Cork grips... both from momovelo in Berkeley



    lemme know what ya think

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    I've repainted a few frames, and I always find I go right to bare metal whether I try or not. I think you get a better finish starting with bare metal, but only if you do it right (lots of coats, lots of sanding). If you're going for a quick color-change or a primer-only finish, just rough it up with some 150-200 grit paper (primer is porous so it'll still rust unless you leave the paint underneath), but if you're doing a serious job on it (or powdercoat) take it all the way back with 60-80 grit first, then smooth it up with 200.

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    I'm thinking a nice hot pink would look good on that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurremkarm
    I'm thinking a nice hot pink would look good on that bike.
    ack it's nearly there as it is... my wife is starting to question my sexuality with that color, and those handlebars



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    How about a nice flat black...if you want some sweetness out of it, put on some glossy black flames!!

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    pink is the new black, didn't you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    How about a nice flat black...if you want some sweetness out of it, put on some glossy black flames!!
    that is what I was thinking...either a flat black, or a primer gray... with glossy pinstriped flames...

    I hope my rattle can skillz are still up to par... it's been awhile

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    Quote Originally Posted by al5
    pink is the new black, didn't you know?
    this is true...

    I work in the surfwear industry... All I gotta say is that the 80's are coming back in a big way this summer.... nothing but hot pink, and turquiose blue... my photo studio looks like an episode of Miami Vice

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    How about painting it in undercoating spray? Thick, rubbery, tough, theft proofish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Karsten
    How about painting it in undercoating spray? Thick, rubbery, tough, theft proofish.
    naw... this is sorta my fixie, city bike... I mostly use it at lunch to ride to the beach, and cruise around... not too worried about it being theft proof... besides it is heavy enough as it is.... that undercoating stuff has got to be heavy

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    black with flames. nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    naw... this is sorta my fixie, city bike... I mostly use it at lunch to ride to the beach, and cruise around... not too worried about it being theft proof... besides it is heavy enough as it is.... that undercoating stuff has got to be heavy

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    Well Jeff, if it's just to cruise around, weight should not be a huge issue. But, if looks are a concern, I'd say that undercoating is just about as ugly as it gets.
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    of the frames i have rattle canned, i've stripped the paint completely using a paint stripper. you know, where some sexy naked lady takes your paint off for you while you just watch... who would've thought you get so much from that little bottle. thank you lucky stars. if you are going the sanding route, i would take johnnyb's advice.

    as for the color, i think you should go for a penis pink and adorn the frame with images of rainbows, hearts, poodles, and kittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Karsten
    Well Jeff, if it's just to cruise around, weight should not be a huge issue. But, if looks are a concern, I'd say that undercoating is just about as ugly as it gets.
    yeah.. I don''t want no ugly bike ! :-)

    it doesn;t have to be beautiful... but it should look cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by isotopesope
    of the frames i have rattle canned, i've stripped the paint completely using a paint stripper. you know, where some sexy naked lady takes your paint off for you while you just watch... who would've thought you get so much from that little bottle. thank you lucky stars. if you are going the sanding route, i would take johnnyb's advice.

    as for the color, i think you should go for a penis pink and adorn the frame with images of rainbows, hearts, poodles, and kittens.
    yeah I've used the stripper when I was restoring my old Microbus... that is some nasty stuff...

    jeez... if I paint my bike that.. the wife will really think I've jumped teams

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    Gloss black would be my choice. But here are a few ideas that are a little "out there".

    • Can't choose a color. Why choose ? Paint each tube a different color. Use funhouse or "Fisher-Price" colors.
    • White or Yellow reflective paint like they use to paint the lines on the road.
    • John Deere Green. Use PhotoShop to produce a John Deere logo for the headtube. You could use this idea with any consumer product that uses a color scheme (Tide, PowerBar, IBM, etc)
    • Polka-dots or stripes.
    • Use silver cyclone fencing paint. This is known as "Hillbilly-Chrome".


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    go pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by al5
    go pink
    I've been looking for [bubblegum] pink, its a bit harder to find at least in off-the-shelf automotive cans it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    this is true...

    I work in the surfwear industry... All I gotta say is that the 80's are coming back in a big way this summer.... nothing but hot pink, and turquiose blue... my photo studio looks like an episode of Miami Vice

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    Blech! God damn i hate the 80s! That sucks that it is now in style. I see wayyyyyy too many guys wearing pink right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    Blech! God damn i hate the 80s! That sucks that it is now in style. I see wayyyyyy too many guys wearing pink right now
    yep... it's all back... wristbands, and pink, and turquoise... I'm just happy the trucker hat is starting to get phased out... I hated them as a kid... I hate them now

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    my wife is starting to question my sexuality with that color
    ...So?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    my wife is starting to question my sexuality
    Stay neutral for the time being by stripping the frame and by gray battleship primering. Maybe add a couple racing numbers in white for accent. Just leave it primered.....your frame ain't gonna rust in SoCal. Then decide later which way you wanna go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    Stay neutral for the time being by stripping the frame and by gray battleship primering. Maybe add a couple racing numbers in white for accent. Just leave it primered.....your frame ain't gonna rust in SoCal. Then decide later which way you wanna go...

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    Get some different shades of primer and paint is zebra style like they did ships in WW2. That'd be interesting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    Stay neutral for the time being by stripping the frame and by gray battleship primering. Maybe add a couple racing numbers in white for accent. Just leave it primered.....your frame ain't gonna rust in SoCal. Then decide later which way you wanna go...

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    yeah.. I dig the one you had up here the other day... I think that is where I got the idea... did you strip it all the way down ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipperPhoto
    yeah.. I dig the one you had up here the other day... I think that is where I got the idea... did you strip it all the way down ?

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    yes....down to bare metal....
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