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What kind of paint do i use for my frame?

evernasevernas Posts: 43
edited August 2010 in MTB general
Hi.thinking to get my frame painted but i've none idea how and what paint do i need(no spray i guess)?any help? :D
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  • stuisnewstuisnew Posts: 366
    Not sure this is much help but painting yourself nearly always look pretty poor IMHO

    Most people will have a decent (vehicle) sprayer near them who will do a top job (sandblast and respreay) from about £80.

    Is it a rough / pub bike or one you intend to keep?
  • compocompo Posts: 1,370
    Stripey Paint :p

    Yeah a vehicle sprayer is useful. If I were you I'd get it done professionally. Much safer and probably a better finish
  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 3,966
    it has to be sprayed or powdercoated, brush work always looks censored .

    best to get it done pro really.
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  • evernasevernas Posts: 43
    Thank you.i'm not going to do this myself-my cosine is profi-car painter.Any toughts about some paint brands of or if frame should be treated with primer and other stuffs beforehand?thanks once more
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  • thedirgethedirge Posts: 181
    take a look at powder coating mate, very durable coating and looks nice.
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  • mrfmilomrfmilo Posts: 2,250
    Powder coating.

    If not, spray paint. Use good quality stuff like Plastikote or Hammerite. You'll need primer, paint and laquer - and obviously paint stripper (Nitromors) or sandpaper, masking tape etc.

    Start stripping the frame, I use Nitromors which is loads faster than sandpaper. Once most paint is removed give it a quick once over with sandpaper, and then clean with mild soap, and leave to completely dry.

    Mask over any holes ie. BB, seattube, headtube

    Now priming. Do 6-8 even THIN coats, not 2 thick ones that will run. Leave to dry 15-20 mins between each coat (depending on paint). Then give it a whole day in the sun to completely dry.

    Painting. Again, 4-8 even thin coats, depending on color you may need more coats to cover up the primer. Leave to dry 15-20 mins between coats, then atleast 1 week to completely dry.

    Clear coat/laquer. Apply 1-3 coats then leaving to completely dry - if you're not applying decals, let if dry ideally for 2 weeks but can be less if you want to risk it. If you are applying decals, put them ontop over the 1-3 coats or clear coat, and then cover with another 2 and leave to dry.

    Here's mine that I sprayed:

    Sanding
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    Priming
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    Painting
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    Decals/clear coat/finished
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    Hope that helps :P [/img]
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    read the info in the tech links sticky in the tech section.

    and doing it yourself will cost more than paying to get it powder coated.
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  • mrfmilomrfmilo Posts: 2,250
    nicklouse wrote:
    read the info in the tech links sticky in the tech section.

    and doing it yourself will cost more than paying to get it powder coated.

    Where can you get a frame sandblasted and powdercoated for £20?
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