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Old 03-05-18, 01:06 PM
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Agreed gotta put a water pump on it and a massive horn/siren.


Cool project!
I think the hose nozzle should be handlebar mounted, aiming forward, and trigger operated. Then he could just ride up to friends and random people and blast them. In summertime, only, of course.
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So you are agreeing with me then? The electric water pump is a go!!
I agreed with you before you even said it!

Do you honestly think I was designing a fire truck bike and hadn't at least designed a way to make it actually shoot water?

I'm insulted.

That doesn't mean I'll make it happen....for this bike we'll focus a little bit on teaching the 3 year old how to actually ride. But I definitely designed a method of water squirting that could mount to the bike in my head.
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I agreed with you before you even said it!

Do you honestly think I was designing a fire truck bike and hadn't at least designed a way to make it actually shoot water?

I'm insulted.

That doesn't mean I'll make it happen....for this bike we'll focus a little bit on teaching the 3 year old how to actually ride. But I definitely designed a method of water squirting that could mount to the bike in my head.

I'll keep checking this thread then.
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I agreed with you before you even said it!

Do you honestly think I was designing a fire truck bike and hadn't at least designed a way to make it actually shoot water?

I'm insulted.

That doesn't mean I'll make it happen....for this bike we'll focus a little bit on teaching the 3 year old how to actually ride. But I definitely designed a method of water squirting that could mount to the bike in my head.
Forget the riding, make it shoot water first He'll learn eventually but without fire fighting capabilities he could be in serious trouble.
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nice job! well done!
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And don't forget a helmet which looks like a firefighter's helmet.
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And don't forget a helmet which looks like a firefighter's helmet.
I found a Schwinn helmet that had a firetruck on the outer graphics this weekend. But my kid's giant head didn't quite fit.

I'm going to settle for just a bright red Bell helmet I found. Maybe I'll slap a fire engine sticker on it to complete the ensemble.

I got my FIRE DEPARTMENT vinyl letting graphics today. I'm pretty thrilled about that. I hope to put them on tonight and start clear coating as soon as it stops being 30 degrees outside later this week.

I swear I'm having more fun building this bike than both my kids have had or will have riding it. Hahahaha
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I did the lettering last night. I could not be happier with how this is turning out.

Does anyone have a good recommendation on a clear coat? I bought one that is a little too thick on my test. It globs up too easily and the solvent wants to eat up the paint. (Potent stuff)
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I would see if the manufacture of the red you used, has a clear. You are correct, there could easily be compatibility issues with different brands. Definitely test first.
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I would see if the manufacture of the red you used, has a clear. You are correct, there could easily be compatibility issues with different brands. Definitely test first.
The red is a Rust Oleum from a spray can.

There is nothing on the can about clear coating. I looked for just that reason.

I used Rust Oleum 2X for the red. The product reviews of the 2X clear coat are miserably bad, saying it eats the paint off and is completely incompatible with the 2X paint product line.

The clear coat I actually tried myself is also a Rust Oleum product that's supposedly a triple thick coating clear. It dissolved my paint on my test sample so I believe the poor reviews on the 2X product line clear coat.

I think I might just go get the basic run of the mill Rust Oleum clear enamel.

Or I might consider an acrylic enamel by Rust Oleum as that's supposed to be a more durable finish.
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The red is a Rust Oleum from a spray can.

There is nothing on the can about clear coating. I looked for just that reason.

I used Rust Oleum 2X for the red. The product reviews of the 2X clear coat are miserably bad, saying it eats the paint off and is completely incompatible with the 2X paint product line.

The clear coat I actually tried myself is also a Rust Oleum product that's supposedly a triple thick coating clear. It dissolved my paint on my test sample so I believe the poor reviews on the 2X product line clear coat.

I think I might just go get the basic run of the mill Rust Oleum clear enamel.

Or I might consider an acrylic enamel by Rust Oleum as that's supposed to be a more durable finish.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Ole...8644/205754526

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I took a quick look at the Rustoleum 2X products. It appears they should be compatible, 2X to 2X. I didn't take the time to see if their other lines are cross compatible, they may not even mention.

Did you follow the recoat window of within 1 hour or after 48 hours?

I would see if they have a consumer contact and see what they say.
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I took a quick look at the Rustoleum 2X products. It appears they should be compatible, 2X to 2X. I didn't take the time to see if their other lines are cross compatible, they may not even mention.

Did you follow the recoat window of within 1 hour or after 48 hours?

I would see if they have a consumer contact and see what they say.
The last coat of red went on about 10 days ago.

Rust Oleum's triple thick clear coat dissolved the paint on my sample piece in minutes. Nearly all the reviews on the 2X clear coat suggest the same thing happens. (I do mean nearly all. They run like 9 to 1 as 1 star reviews saying it dissolves the color coat.)

I only get 1 shot at clear coating this because I'm not starting over. So I can't screw it up.

I may just go with the normal single thickness Rust Oleum clear coat and do 4 coats of it. Make a nice thick glaze that will protect the vinyl decals that way. I do believe the solvent in the triple thick clear coat is stronger to keep the thicker enamel as a liquid. It sure smells more potent. That may be my problem.

Fortunately I painted the metal hook I was using to hold the bike up too. So I have some metal with the same paint job to do limited testing on.
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Wow. That is the coolest! Thanks for sharing the pictures and story.
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Clear coat, schmear coat. I wanna see the HOSE.

Decals look great!
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Clear coat, schmear coat. I wanna see the HOSE.

Decals look great!
Update on that...I didn't want to use a green garden hose because it wouldn't look right. Nor did I really want to go buy a full brown hose to just to cut a 24 inch peice off of.

But I remembered I have a 2 foot section of feeder hose that came with an old hose reel. It's brown. It'll look perfect.

I did find a 6 foot section of actual fire hose....but it's a little out of scale for the toddler bike. (Props to firemen by the way...just 6 foot of that hose is heavy. I can't imaging lugging 200 feet of that up a stairwell with flames around me. To all the firemen in the audience....you're awesome!)
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The clear coating took forever to dry as it had to be done in thin layers so it didn't eat the paint off.

But I finally got the bike back together.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. I just need to get the hose piece zip tied to the handlebars.

The black thing on the front is a bag. It's actually a hip bag for hunting/shooting. But it was the perfect fit to be repurposed here. And if you look closely you'll see a light that flashes red and white just like a fire truck!
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The clear coating took forever to dry as it had to be done in thin layers so it didn't eat the paint off.

But I finally got the bike back together.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. I just need to get the hose piece zip tied to the handlebars.

The black thing on the front is a bag. It's actually a hip bag for hunting/shooting. But it was the perfect fit to be repurposed here. And if you look closely you'll see a light that flashes red and white just like a fire truck!
Very cool! Awesome Dad Award!
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Black tires would have set it off more and made the white graphics and fork look like accents more than a primary color.....but they added $30 to the cost.

Maybe I'll find an old throw away bike with 16" tires I can rescue the tires from.
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It looks great.
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Too cool!

Nice job.
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