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Old 06-03-19, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by daviddavieboy View Post
Please don't be offended but if that is what the result of spray.bike is I sure don't like it, the first example looks like black car undercoating or rocker guard. The example of the chainstay with the splash looks much better and with a clear I am sure it would excellent. If it is a VERY durable product then I am sure it has it's place but it does not look anything close to an original job that I think the OP is after. As with the OP I am obsessive compulsive with things and more times than not causes me great anxiety. I am going to repaint because of one sag in the paint under the seat clamp bolt plus a couple mistakes with the placement of the decals. I am going to try wet sanding the decals off first but foresee a complete job.




Favorite color, looks luscious! Well done!

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Old 06-03-19, 01:11 PM
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Just donít

Anything other than powder coating a bike is useless for a daily rider that takes a normal amount of abuse. Unless you were able to bake it on (huge oven) I wouldnít expect good results..
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Old 06-04-19, 08:21 PM
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I painted the first "10 speed" bike that I ever had (a mid-60s Schwinn Continental) and the result was completely hideous ! Many years later after I apparently forgot about that fiasco , I endeavored to paint another bike. This time I sandblasted the frame done to bare metal to remove all paint, primer and any hint of rust. I bought a can (first mistake, buy two!) of cream colored "pearl-escent" rattle can paint. After ensuring that all sandblast debris was removed and the frame was blemish free, I applied several light coats of primer and let it dry. Then I applied several light coats of the paint. Overall it looked pretty good but there were a few spots where the primer was visible through the lighter areas of coverage. Also there were a few areas that "ran". I figured that once completely dried, I could lightly sand the runs with wet or dry paper and apply a bit more paint to the light coverage areas. Went back to the store where I bought the paint and came to find that they no longer carried that brand (? obscure brand?) and the one I had bought was the last in their stock. I lived in a mostly rural area at the time and no other stores carried that brand. Long story (that needs to be shorter) is that I never did find a second can of that paint and the frame has been sitting unfinished ever since . Moral of this section is buy enough paint!

RE: the OP's dilemma of a "scratch" on the top tube magnified by his OCD variant, like Cher told Nick Cage in MOONSTRUCK "Snap out of it!"

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Old 06-13-19, 03:41 AM
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Well, I actually came up with a simple solution that is satisfactory enough (at least on the top tube). Since they're mostly fine scratches that run in a straight line along the tube (top side) , I cut a piece of transparent but kind of whitish tape (like scotch tape) and placed it on the tube and I cut both ends at an angle (just for a nicer look), and voila, can't see the scratches any more and I'm pretty satisfied BUT, I even thought of a better idea, since I have an airbrush (used for painting plastic plane models), I thought I'd paint the tape itself to give it the look of a stripe (like ones used on cars). I'll paint the outer edges of the tape and leave the middle clear. I'll probably do one red or yellow line and one white leaving the middle clear. Should look nice on a black bike. Then I might put another piece of tape on top of the painted one to protect it or just clear-coat the tape itself. I think this is a pretty cool solution. No sanding. No painting (the bike itself) and screwing everything. No chipping. None of all that headache. And I can always make another tape if need be and change the colors too. Improvisation.

I'll probably take a pic once I do that and post it.

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Old 06-13-19, 03:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Solo_rider View Post
I kinda have some form of obsessive compulsive but it's only with keeping my things clean and looking like new. My bike -just got it a couple of weeks back, used- looks mostly like brand new with the exception of the top tube and a couple other places where there are scratches and it just bugs me to the point where I feel it's affecting my ride, lol. Well, I know it's not affecting my ride but mentally it's bothering me and I cannot stop thinking about it. So, I'm thinking about painting the areas where the scratches are but I'm worried about the results. I know the proper way of painting (sanding, priming, color, clear, wet sanding, rubbing compound, waxing) but I'm still worried about messing things up or paint chipping later since I'm sure factories have a different process of painting. The color of the bike is something like dark charcoal and it's not glossy.

Has anyone tried painting their bike with good results ?
Oh ****, I forgot all about this thread. I was supposed to post some results.

I think everybody has seen the thread already but here they are:

First bike build complete!!! Thanks BF for all the help.

The lacquer turned out nice and smooth. I did have to correct some drips but I only had 3 minor ones in blind spots. It's quite hard but it chips easily so I am quite mindful of it when leaning the bike.
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Old 06-13-19, 04:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Back in the day I painted a lot of bikes. Rattle can paint jobs are mostly a product of your effort. Put in little effort and get a less than optimal result. Put in a lot of effort with focus on quality prep and prime and youíll enjoy a paint job that rivals anything a shop can produce. Unfortunately, rattle can paint isnít very durable or chip resistant, so a lot of effort is spent for a short lived result.

These days I prefer powder coating. Thereís really nothing that matches the durability of a quality powder coat. That, and the fact that I can simply drop it off and pick it up all shiny and new.


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This.

I'd go with a powder coat if I had to do it over again but hey, it was still a good experience. Certainly worth the money, I learned a lot.
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Old 06-13-19, 04:04 AM
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That's a nice looking bike with nice color combination. The paint looks good from what I see but it is far to see any details.
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