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Should I Spray or Brush Paint this Head Tube?

Old 03-04-15, 08:59 AM
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Should I Spray or Brush Paint this Head Tube?

Hey all, I plan on finishing the paint on my vintage Atala. All is left is to paint the head tube white (presently bare metal in the pic) to match the decals to come.

As this is such a small area, would you suggest a gloss oil base paint by brush or spray?

The rest of the bike has been powder coated but I wanted the head tube to be a contrasting colour.



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Old 03-04-15, 09:42 AM
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I just repainted the head tube black on my bike. It was really scuffed up. I used some oil paint and just brushed it on. Gave it 2 coats of paint, but one is sufficient. Let it dry for a couple days, and then clear coat. But I'm not sure you need a clear coat in that tiny spot.

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I would definitely spray the primer. So you have to mask the lugs and everything anyway. That done, I'd probably just go ahead and spray the top coat as well. Brush painting generally requires more wet sanding between coats. I also like to wet sand the final coat and buff to a sheen. If you're not going to bother with a primer, I'd just brush on the white.
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I would definitely spray the primer. So you have to mask the lugs and everything anyway. That done, I'd probably just go ahead and spray the top coat as well. Brush painting generally requires more wet sanding between coats. I also like to wet sand the final coat and buff to a sheen. If you're not going to bother with a primer, I'd just brush on the white.
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Carefully mask the powder coated parts of the frame to prevent overspray, make sure the head tube is clean and free of surface rust, then spray paint primer and top coat.
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If the head tube was left rough before Plating , paint will stick better..

How about wrapping that tube with reflective silver Tape, cut just right ,, it will be 'white' and add to safety?
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quick solution! mask, prime, paint & clear coat.
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Brushed on, two coats, sanded in between, with primerless paint...

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