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How to paint my new drops?

Old 02-16-11, 10:01 AM
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How to paint my new drops?

Hi! I just had some surgery done on my rear drops. (i had them replaced) My bike is CroMoly steel and i love the overall color, but due to the brazing i have to do something about the bottom 5 inches up from the rear drops. What is the best type of paint to use? Is it possible to do a quality job myself? Can i just dip this back part?

any tips or direction to an existing thread much appreciated.

cheers!
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Old 02-16-11, 11:03 AM
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Oh You mean the rear dropouts? where the wheel mounts, you had those replaced..

you painted anything made out of metal before?

Doesn't sound like it.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Oh You mean the rear dropouts? where the wheel mounts, you had those replaced..

you painted anything made out of metal before?

Doesn't sound like it.
Yes I had those replaced, and no I havent painted anything made out of metal before (unless you count gutters, air ducts, etc) Hence the post...

Have you painted anything made out of metal before? If so, i would love your input.

Thanks!
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Here is just a suggestion. Go to a auto paint shop and get the paint matched or a color you like. Ask for a suggestion as to undercoat. Go to a hobby shop and get a air brush. First sand lightly the area you wish to paint. Tape off and area you do not wish to get over spray on. Make sure to find a warm area to apply the paint. Spray the undercoat and let it dry. With the airbrush apply the paint making sure to feather it close to where it contacts already painted areas. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours unless you have a heat lamp. Once it is completely dry use a small amount of polishing compound and smooth our the paint. Once you are satisfied a clear coat would be worth it once again applied with an air brush.

It usually is easier to take the bike apart and let a paint shop do the job.
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Old 02-16-11, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
It usually is easier to take the bike apart and let a paint shop do the job.
i guess so! still - for the small area im looking at it might be fun to try the method you described. thanks!
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Rattle can.. clean off the rust , on the brazing job, with a bit of carborundum grit paper .
\AKA wet or dry..
Garnet grit is sandpaper for wood, carborundum is for metal.

Higher the grit number the finer the grit.

paint outside, so overspray wont get on everything else.

Better still .. figure out if you want anything else brazed on, first,
have that done, then have the stripped frame Powder coated.
powder coating is much more durable than wet applied paint.
Though professionally applied materials such as Imron,
a catalyzed resin like paint, is close..

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Old 03-10-11, 11:28 AM
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In order to make the rear drops look exactly what it was before you require a full paint shop set up which is next to impossible if you get that you can compare the colors or you can go for metallic color i think this should match .
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