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deepsouth

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 15, 2017
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Monroe, Ga
How much paint do you usually use to paint a bike? A quart seems like a lot. Could it be done with a pint? ( Acrylic enamel) Thanks in advance.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,742
Evans, GA
Kinda depends on equipment and painter. It can probably be done but I always prefer to have a quart for the main color and a pint for the secondary color. If trying to do it with a pint you need a HVLP gun and good technique to get even coverage with the fewest amount of passes and if you make a mistake you probably won't have enough (main color) to make it. Maybe the pros can offer better advice. V/r Shawn
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,742
Evans, GA
I agree that you probably could. I use a single stage so I need more than just a color coat. I also admit to not being a pro as I don't paint bikes every day. If you are using clear you won't need nearly as much color. I just never seen a factory paint job on a ballooner that used clear. V/r Shawn
 

Dgoldman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 12, 2016
277
Orange County, CA, USA
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I just did my Schwinn 36 "C" model. I use a HVLP small detail gun. Base coat, clear coat. I used 1 pint of black, 1/2 pint red. Clear coat and catylist. Still have 1/4 pint of black. Used all the red.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,541
Central Arizona
We need to establish what exactly you are going to be painting. A diamond frame and fork, a Sting Ray or the extreme full blown ballooner with a springer, fenders, oversized chain guard, rear carrier, tank and light. Big difference between a Krate frame with guard and a fully optioned 26" ballooner.
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
18,742
Evans, GA
We need to establish what exactly you are going to be painting. A diamond frame and fork, a Sting Ray or the extreme full blown ballooner with a springer, fenders, oversized chain guard, rear carrier, tank and light. Big difference between a Krate frame with guard and a fully optioned 26" ballooner.
Agreed. Also if you are using BC/CC you can get by with a lot less color than if you do single stage. Personally I would never use BC/CC for a restored bike because they just look wrong. V/r Shawn
 
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momo608

I live for the CABE
Dec 25, 2014
1,375
Atascadero, United States
Agreed. Also if you are using BC/CC you can get by with a lot less color than if you do single stage. Personally I would never use BC/CC for a restored bike because they just look wrong. V/r Shawn
Oh brother. "A lot less color" what does that even mean?. Different shades of base coat can require anywhere from 2 to 8 coats of color to achieve full coverage of undercoats. Its got nothing to do with the clear coat. Single stage is best used for solid non metallic colors. As far as "looking wrong" well that depends. Do you want an ultra smooth highly polished surface or an orange peeled slightly dull factory finish. Both are easily achieved with modern base coat clear coat systems. The paint job above has quite a bit of orange peel, I assume he wants it that way. It could easily be dulled down with heavy buffing compound to have a "factory" finish. It's very important to remember that you don't know what these bikes looked like NEW. The paints used back in the good old days dulled quickly. Comparing decades old paint to anything new is ridiculous. Luddite.
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,492
Seattle, United States
Generally speaking I'd buy an extra amount for touch ups and extra coats. Usually one coat will not work 3-4 coats. Don't use base clear it's not original and if you make a boo boo it harder to correct than a single stage. Why so many coats? Well to get a perfectly smooth paint you wet sand it and frames usually have exposed welds that extra protection is there in case you cut into the welds. Hvlp is the best but you can get the same product in a aresol can form from the automotive paint store.
 
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