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Old 08-16-08, 07:29 PM
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I did something for the first time

It seems old dogs can learn new tricks, I painted a frame. I don't think it's too bad for a first effort(just don't look too close). I even made the decals.

Try this for some pics
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/565506491mGBeFy

The colors are really better looking in person, red and copper. I polished all the metal parts, including the rims. I even Armorall'ed the tires.

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Old 08-16-08, 07:33 PM
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No pic's. You are mean.
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Old 08-16-08, 09:23 PM
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Yeah, I don't see any pictures, either, just the home page. But I want to know, how did you do the decals? I've been tempted to do that, too, even got the special paper to print some. But I didn't follow through when I realized that my printer ink would not long stand the light of day (especially red, I hear).
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Originally Posted by MadeInItaly View Post
No pic's. You are mean.
You have to click on "go on to my pictures" or something like that. Nice job! I like the decals! Did they require special ink to resist fading?
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Old 08-17-08, 06:19 AM
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Looks great! Nice job.
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Old 08-17-08, 06:44 AM
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Looks good to me. The custom decals make it look more like a factory job. What kind of paint did you use?
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Originally Posted by seenoweevil View Post
You have to click on "go on to my pictures" or something like that. Nice job! I like the decals! Did they require special ink to resist fading?

He added the link after the first post. Thanks for the tech support.
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I like the badge on the front. It looks like you did a good job. That frame looks a lot like my sons GT.
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Hi, that looks great. Can you tell us more about how you did this?
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Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
Somewhere Sheldon is smiling.
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OMG you even rotated the wheels to hide the valve stems for the photo!!!

Really nice job.

I'ld like to learn to weld and to paint as well as you paint.
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Thank you all for the kind words, I hope Sheldon is smiling( and he gives me a bit of a push up the next hill).
It's a GT frame, First I power washed it, then the factory decals where sanded smooth, the rest of the paint was also sanded smooth, but not all of it to bare metal, just smooth. Solvent washed, then grey primer, let dry. then two coats Sunrise Red Krylon, let dry. Look at it for a few weeks decide it needs something else, look through the box of spray paint. Copper might look cool, give it two coats on the rear triangle, after using lots of tape. Let dry. Take a few weeks to decide what to do for the decals. The decals are made using waterslide decal paper and an ink jet printer. The design is printed, then cleared. Then they are applied to the bike. Darker colors seem to work better than lighter, the yellow signature disappeared completely. After the decals, the whole bike got three coats of clear. The fork is gloss black, with gold glitter paint over that, that didn't show too well in the pics, but looks cool in the sun light. We'll see how well it lasts, I'm waiting for that first scratch.
COD, thanks for noticing the wheels, sometimes you just have to be anal.
Of course my daughter saw me painting the frame, Then gives me the look, and the "Daadddyyy, can you paint mine next?"
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