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Old 08-03-08, 04:10 PM
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DIY paint job

what is the best type of paint to use?
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Old 08-03-08, 04:13 PM
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Old 08-03-08, 05:12 PM
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The paint that's on there, scuffed up a little, and primered over with... something cheap. And a cheap topcoat. But leave the original paint because they used better primer than you have access to.

Or give up on DIY and just get it powdercoated.
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You won't actually need to really spray a layer of primer if you just scuff up the original paint... primer is only really necessary if you get down to bare metal
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self-leveling primer may help smoothen out rough spots (by filling in the scratches) that you've created by sanding the previous paint.
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Old 08-04-08, 02:07 PM
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I just finished a lazy version of the steps outlined in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=317072

So I used Duplicolor paint. It turned out decent and was a fun summer project.

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Duplicolor is soo much easier to use than rustoleum or other "quick-dry" paints.

I really like the Metal Specks paint when it is covered in clear coat.

Worth the extra couple bucks a can. I don't sand the metal specks base. Just layer clear coat on and hit with 1500 grit to smooth, then layer more on, then polish.
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nice! good call on the white stripe beside the chromed elements (seat stays, chainstays, fork).
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Originally Posted by jaggd View Post
I just finished a lazy version of the steps outlined in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=317072

So I used Duplicolor paint. It turned out decent ...
I used the same instructions, but used auto primers that my father inlaw had left over from when he repainted his old Austin Healy.
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Originally Posted by powerband View Post
I used the same instructions, but used auto primers that my father inlaw had left over from when he repainted his old Austin Healy.
Glad my technique was tried and true for you. That self-etching stuff makes a world of difference.
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