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Old 11-20-13, 03:13 PM
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Another kids bike restoration question

So is regular 'ol rattle can paint good enough in this application? I've never painted a frame before so I am new at this. And links to previous threads that I missed would be helpful.
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Well, it will never be as hard as the original paint- it will scratch pretty easily as a matter of fact. But kids are pretty hard on their bikes anyway, so that may not be a deal breaker, as they will outgrow it soon enough.
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As 'demoncyclist' stated, regular rattle can paint will chip and scratch easily. There is a product called Plasti-Dip used in automotive applications. It is a synthetic "rubber" coating that is fairly chip resistant, it's intended use is for wheels, bumpers, etc. It comes in a variety of colors and is fairly chip resistant. If you decide you don't like the color or it gets damaged it will peel off. A couple guys at work have used it on the wheels on their 4WD trucks that they take off-road and they said it holds up pretty well. The early stuff faded quickly but I am told they have that fixed. It is available in aerosol cans or in regular form so you can spray it with a regular paint gun. I haven't tried it yet but I have an old BMX bike and a Grandson that will be big enough for it before you know it so I think I'll try it on that.
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