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Old 06-14-22, 02:19 PM
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Hand painting details

I couldn’t identify which forum this would best fall under, but I figured those who can build a bike would be versed in painting them. I would like to hand paint poppy flowers on my new bike. I intentionally bought a white bike so I wouldn’t have to worry about priming. Would using crafting enamel paint like Testors and then sealing it with a clear based spray paint work and if so what brands would you recommend? I should add I’ve looked into the stencil method and it wouldnt work for my design.
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Sorry I can't help you out with that. But I just discovered the disadvantages of decals. I lock my bike with a cable lock with a vinyl sleeve and even that is damaging the decal. Good luck
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Many hundreds (thousands, millions...) of bikes have had hand painted details placed on them. Back in the day when pretty much all factory bike paint was enamel the common Testers or Practra(sp?) hobby shop paints (and finger nail colors) were very compatible. For best results a slight deglossing (fine sanding) would provide the new paint better bite. A clear coat of compatible paint will also want a "bite". Do know that the thicker the total layers of paint are the less durable the results are (everything else being equal).

But these days many paints are not wet applied enamels, ever hear of powder coating? PC paints are, basically, a plastic, a granular layer has been electrostatically applied and has been melted onto the surfaces. Not what the hobby shop paints like best. So best prep is strongly suggested, like the fine sanding.

What ever you do don't expect the looks to stay. A bike's life can be hard and scrapes and knocks are not uncommon if you ride a lot. Andy
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