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Old 10-04-17, 05:51 PM
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How much paint?

Hello,

I'm repainting a 26" wheeled beach cruiser that I've converted into a muscle bike. I'll be painting the frame, chain guard and forks. I will be using an HVLP sprayer. HOK paint and clear.

I've read in one place, on the net, that one pint will paint two bikes. However, I emailed tcpglobal and they recommended that I purchase a minimum of one pint for one bike. I don't want to purchase more paint than I need as one pint cost ~$79.00 vs ~$44.00 for 1/2 pint.

How much paint do you typically use for one bike?

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There are several variables. What is the mixing ratio of the preferred paint? As an example Axalta Nason uses a 2:1 + activator, 8 oz of paint + 4 oz of reducer (+ 1/2 oz activator) gives you 12.5 oz sprayable. That is enough to paint a bike frame/fork/guard.
The gun set up makes a difference. A wide fan will waste paint on narrow tubes. The primer/sealer color vs the base coat makes a difference. If I am shooting a light color base I will seal with a light color and dark bases over dark sealers. The quality of the paint makes a difference, the Axalta Nason I mention takes more paint to cover than their Chromabase. The latter is more $$ though.
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nothing worse than running out before you're done..... and going too thick is an invitation to chipping and runs...

and inexperienced painters use more than experienced painters....
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
There are several variables. What is the mixing ratio of the preferred paint? As an example Axalta Nason uses a 2:1 + activator, 8 oz of paint + 4 oz of reducer (+ 1/2 oz activator) gives you 12.5 oz sprayable. That is enough to paint a bike frame/fork/guard.
The gun set up makes a difference. A wide fan will waste paint on narrow tubes. The primer/sealer color vs the base coat makes a difference. If I am shooting a light color base I will seal with a light color and dark bases over dark sealers. The quality of the paint makes a difference, the Axalta Nason I mention takes more paint to cover than their Chromabase. The latter is more $$ though.
The mixing ratio is 2:1. My base will be silver and my top coat Lemon Yellow.

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I use a small (trim) HVLP sprayer and have 1/2 left over out of 1/2 pint basecoat. I'm not professional and know I spray less efficiently. Everything @02Giant said is excellent information and right to the point. For one frame cost adds up fast. Primer/sealer reducer & clear will come in larger sizes minimum. So if you are doing several over time all you need to buy is a 1/2 pint of basecoat to change color if you stay with the same system. I'm assuming you are using an auto base/clear system with the proper primer, activators & hardener.

If you don't already know the process I'd suggest going to a local auto paint supply and talk to them rather than trying to figure out all the products you need on that website. Most trade auto paint supply houses deal with hobbyists as well as professionals, and are very helpful. Just try not to pass out when you pull out the credit card. It will look great!
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Originally Posted by peugeot mongrel View Post
I use a small (trim) HVLP sprayer and have 1/2 left over out of 1/2 pint basecoat. I'm not professional and know I spray less efficiently. Everything @02Giant said is excellent information and right to the point. For one frame cost adds up fast. Primer/sealer reducer & clear will come in larger sizes minimum. So if you are doing several over time all you need to buy is a 1/2 pint of basecoat to change color if you stay with the same system. I'm assuming you are using an auto base/clear system with the proper primer, activators & hardener.

If you don't already know the process I'd suggest going to a local auto paint supply and talk to them rather than trying to figure out all the products you need on that website. Most trade auto paint supply houses deal with hobbyists as well as professionals, and are very helpful. Just try not to pass out when you pull out the credit card. It will look great!
Using House of Kolor primer/sealer reducer and clear. Already have everything for this job except my finish coat.

Thanks for the info. Going to go with the 1/2 pint.

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Two spray cans of color and one clear topcoat.
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Too thick and some clamp on components wont fit well..
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