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Old 10-14-14, 10:33 PM
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Question on Painting!

Hey all. I have a question for those of you who've repainted frames, and have a pretty good grasp on it.

What is the perfect "equation" (I.e. equipment, space, paint type, etc.) for a really good paint job?

I would really love for input from those of you who've done it professionally. Thanks so much.
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I think you'll find out that the right answer is different for every one. And i'll add that having had 10 different painters do my frame painting over the years, not all being full time pros, some "pros" were far worse then the amateurs who paint evenings out of their garage.

But I, too, look forward to reading the replies. Andy.
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A good place to start would be to look at the set-ups of the foks who are custom builders and paint their own stuff. Been a while since I have come across anything, but I remember a guy with a good web presence and a shop in maybe arizona, or new mexico, not the east coast. There is also that guy who is a fireman or emt, and he recently built an all new shop. Maybe some people will know these shops or others.

Depends what one means by a great set-up. Are we talking the least one can do while producing stellar results, a frequent kind of enquiry, or the real set-up a person who wanted to enter the craft as a pro with one would hope some considerable throughput, would have.

Basics, are compressor, and guns to shoot the paint. This is an area where you can try a lot of things, and some of the very cheap guns now available are surprisingly good. I use a Badger detail *** I bought for guitars. You need clean air.

Media should be pretty easy, there are only so many paints out there, and for the most part we are talking auto products.

There is the issue of safety, which is a particular problem in small shops. This is one area where small shops and set-ups are at a disadvantage.

There is regulatory compliance. I can step out my back door and shoot something, every year or so, and nobody is the wiser, and I am not really sure the environment would be better off if I dropped the frame off after a long drive in my F-150, But if you are doing real pro work regulations will be an issue.

Then there is the handling issues, rack and stands to spray with, etc... This is where some of the websites are cool, you can see the small shop solutions that people have implemented to manage their painted frames.

There are other fora, like the Vintage one, where painting gets discussed.

Oh great, this site is now too PC to discuss painting equipment.
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Interesting auto censor that considers a single weapon worthy of censoring but many of them is allowable.

Painting is perhaps a greater challenge then building a frame. I tried it long ago and decided that a pro would make my frames look far better then I ever could. Andy.
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