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Sped Man

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 5, 2012
2,346
1,494
Planet Gallifrey
#1
Have you repainted a bicycle with a rattle can (commercial spray paint)? How did it come out? Please post photos and what paint you used and what we should avoid. Any tips? Any brands of spray paint we all should avoid?
 

Nick-theCut

I live for the CABE
Oct 29, 2010
1,918
112
costa mesa, CA
#2
VintageSchwinn.com paint.
Love the pre matched colors. Wish it was a bit harder of a finish.
vu5ygeje-1.jpg

I learned many a tip from a few members (Buster, Bricycle & Djshakes)

Your paint is only as good as your surface. Sand, primer, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand. You get the idea.
Heat helps the layers bond, so working in a hot day or allowing it to cure in warmth helps.
I do about 3 coats, 5-10 mins apart.
The first layer isn't heavy, just a tacky basic cover.
Make sure your rattle can tip is clean for even spray.
Make sure you have enough paint to finish the job.
Enamel paint without clear coat is the most original finish to vintage.
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
7,363
6,054
52
Ol' st. Lou
#3
I have to do a repaint...

On an Evans interceptor 100 girls bike for my nephew. It will be for his girlfriend. I really do not like to paint, everyone that know me here knows I like original paint. But I have to do a pink and white cancer awareness theme on this one for her. Thank god this bike does not have nice paint to begin with. I will be using krylon watermelon pink on the frame and fork. I'll keep y'all posted. Rob.
 

Sped Man

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 5, 2012
2,346
1,494
Planet Gallifrey
#5
VintageSchwinn.com paint.
Love the pre matched colors. Wish it was a bit harder of a finish.
vu5ygeje-1.jpg

I learned many a tip from a few members (Buster, Bricycle &

Your paint is only as good as your surface. Sand, primer, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand. You get the idea.
Heat helps the layers bond, so working in a hot day or allowing it to cure in warmth helps.
I do about 3 coats, 5-10 mins apart.
The first layer isn't heavy, just a tacky basic cover.
Make sure your rattle can tip is clean for even spray.
Make sure you have enough paint to finish the job.
Enamel paint without clear coat is the most original finish to vintage.
Nice job Nick-thecut. Thanks for the tips.
 
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37fleetwood

Riding a '37 Fleetwood
May 22, 2006
10,083
3,618
Lancaster, Ca.
#11
ok, so which of my bikes wasn't rattle can?

while I did have it custom mixed, the tank on this was painted with spray cans.

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this was all rattle cans, even the pin stripes!

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this one was Duplicolor, just happened to be an exact match for the original color.

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this one was Walmart $0.96 per can blue and cream

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rattle cans all the way!

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one of my first rattle can jobs.

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there were more if you want photos I'll look for them.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
4,437
1,528
Minneapolis, United States
#14
paint is paint it doesnt care what it comes outa,prep and finish are important and most aerosoles today hae sumscreen,thats why inside only pait is less expensive,believe it or not your terminology will help you do a better job,i personally like aerosol and plastic filler vs rattle can and bondo,rattle can somehow says your work is 2ng class,go to a body shop and you might be suprized how many aerosole cans are there,weld through primer for example
 

bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
4,772
1,063
Bicycleland
#15
Paint is paint?

paint is paint it doesnt care what it comes outa,prep and finish are important and most aerosoles today hae sumscreen,thats why inside only pait is less expensive,believe it or not your terminology will help you do a better job,i personally like aerosol and plastic filler vs rattle can and bondo,rattle can somehow says your work is 2ng class,go to a body shop and you might be suprized how many aerosole cans are there,weld through primer for example
I have seen rattle can jobs with TONS of prep- they look great!@

Take your fingernail and pop it off- even with prep-

In my experience, the very expensive auto paints have superior adhesion and plasticity, so if you value your time why not go the extra buck and have something that lasts.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
7,363
6,054
52
Ol' st. Lou
#18
You guys do great work

And nice results with rattle cans I must say. My problem is I tend to get in a hurry. That useally ends of in a poorly painted bike.
 

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