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Old 10-10-17, 04:47 AM
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Best UK spray paint for restoring frame?

Good morning,

I'm looking to respray an old frame to a gloss black colour. I'd like to keep the cost of the paints as low as possible and wondered what brands are considered decent on the lower end of the scale? I'm looking at Halfords own enamel spray paints at the moment. Has anyone got experience with these and how was the finish?

First time respraying a frame so any advice is appreciated!
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Hi! Brick Lane Bikes paint has a lot of good reviews .
I have no experience with it but it's what I will choose for my next project.
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95% of the work is in the prep. Sanding and or stripping, then priming is most of it. If that is done well, then spray can finishes can come out looking good. Unfortunately, spray paint from a can doesn't compare well to modern automotive paints. If you let it cure for a long time, it can hold up ok to light use. (Long time is several months to years.). If this bike is important to you, than a professional finish, or powder coating will hold up better long term. Spray can finishes can be fun, just don't think you are getting the same thing as a factory or professional finish.

As for brands, it probably doesn't matter, as long as you get an oil based enamel. None of the store brands are anything but alykd enamels. Pretty easy to use,but harden through drying, which can take a long time. (They get kind of hard within a day or two, but take a looooooong time to fully harden. Even worse, they then get brittle once fully hard. Modern urethane paints chemically crosslink, so they're fully cured once dry. They also maintain some flexibility for much longer, so chipping isn't much of an issue.) Stay away from water based acrylic paint. It can be ok under a clear coat, but really isn't suitable for a top coat.

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If you're after a decent enamel paint, the Craftmaster Paints might be what you're looking for. They're primarily mixed for brush-painting, but they can be sprayed if you have the equipment and follow the instructions from their website.
Many of the boys down at The Great Dorset Steam Fair seem to use these paints on their machinery. I would suggest that you look at the Engine Enamel, as it is formulated to be harder wearing than their original Coach Enamel, and they seem to recommend it for use on various types of machinery.

Here's a link for you:
Craftmaster Paints - The UK's leading traditional paint supplier
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