Finally riding a big boys bike
- Jan 15, 2017
- 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.
High praise indeed coming from the internets foremost expert on Schwinn lightweights.This topic has some of the best paint information and advice I've ever seen: http://thecabe.com/forum/threads/ho...show-quality-paint-job-start-to-finish.87859/
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 ShawnWe 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.
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.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