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brewerkz

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 24, 2019
28
56
Mason, oh
I repainted a frame with Spray Bike spray paint, really happy with the product. I intend to ride the bike so I wasn't really crazy about sinking $400 into a professional enamel paint finish, plus it was fun painting it myself.

I stripped the frame, filled a few shallow dents with bondo, applied Cold Zinc primer, two coats of solid paint, and several clear coats. With more practice, I think my second try would have come out better.

I am slowing getting period parts - need a wheelset and crankset. For now, I am going to build it with some of the modern parts it originally came with and start riding it.

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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,174
54
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
I repainted a frame with Spray Bike spray paint, really happy with the product. I intend to ride the bike so I wasn't really crazy about sinking $400 into a professional enamel paint finish, plus it was fun painting it myself.

I stripped the frame, filled a few shallow dents with bondo, applied Cold Zinc primer, two coats of solid paint, and several clear coats. With more practice, I think my second try would have come out better.

I am slowing getting period parts - need a wheelset and crankset. For now, I am going to build it with some of the modern parts it originally came with and start riding it.

higgins frame painted 2.jpg


higgins frame painted 3.jpg


higgins frame painted.jpg
Looks great, how easy was it to use/apply?
I've been thinking of using it on a project myself.
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,449
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Nice - Did you use any specific method to get the top coats of paint to adhere to the zinc primer?
 

brewerkz

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 24, 2019
28
56
Mason, oh
Nice - Did you use any specific method to get the top coats of paint to adhere to the zinc primer?
the Zinc Primer came from Spray Bike - it was tricky to use - had to wet sand it to get it smooth. I would use their regular primer my next time. However, the solid paint applied, held great.
 
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brewerkz

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 24, 2019
28
56
Mason, oh
Looks great, how easy was it to use/apply?
I've been thinking of using it on a project myself.
The hard part for me was getting all the old spray paint off, then filling the dents until they were smooth. I smoothed the paint with parchment paper per their directions, also did some 1500 grit wet sanding. Follow the spray distances carefully - the primer and clear coat are sprayed farther away then the paint - which is sprayed really close. Also, follow the cautions on cleaners to use (dont use acetone, etc).

I did the fork first to learn the process - then moved to the frame. If you have a bike frame, etc you don't care about - might start with it.

Again, what you see is my first try ever painting a bike.
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,492
Shawnee, United States
I read a number of the instructions and thought "cool, a spray that immulates powder coating" then I read that it comes in matte finish and to get a gloss finish, you have to spray on a gloss clear coat.
 
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brewerkz

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 24, 2019
28
56
Mason, oh
I read a number of the instructions and thought "cool, a spray that immulates powder coating" then I read that it comes in matte finish and to get a gloss finish, you have to spray on a gloss clear coat.
how you work the paint, then the number of layers of gloss coating affects the finish. I rubbed the paint with parchment within 1-2 hours of spray that smooths it out, then after it hardened (12 hours) I wet sanded. Then applied labels and clear coated. I would say its a very good looking spray paint finish. I think I could do even better on a 2nd try. You would not be satisfied if it was a professional enamel coating. Photos always make it look better ! But, am happy for a rider.
 
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1motime

I live for the CABE
Aug 7, 2019
1,529
WHERE I CHOOSE TO BE
Looks good! How did you deal with the decals? Very tidy job with them
 
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Chuck S

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 13, 2019
63
63
Bolingbrook, IL
Looks really great. There is a guy on Youtube that restores old bikes and uses that paint. Oldshovel is the name of his channel. He does some really nice restorations and also make vinyl masking with a Cricket to spray paint the logos on the bikes.
 
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brewerkz

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 24, 2019
28
56
Mason, oh
Looks good! How did you deal with the decals? Very tidy job with them
I wrapped blue "paint tape" around the down tube and marked the tape at each end with the height the bottom of the name would align too. Then I followed the directions to wet the frame, apply the label on the wet surface, align to my marks, work the bubbles out from under the decal. (found out afterwards this maker only has one down tube label - that positioned almost on top of the tube - something to fix one day).
 
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1motime

I live for the CABE
Aug 7, 2019
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I wrapped blue "paint tape" around the down tube and marked the tape at each end with the height the bottom of the name would align too. Then I followed the directions to wet the frame, apply the label on the wet surface, align to my marks, work the bubbles out from under the decal. (found out afterwards this maker only has one down tube label - that positioned almost on top of the tube - something to fix one day).
These decals are available? I didn't expect that. You did a great job. The finishing touch for sure!
 
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