What types of paint are you using?

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Ron E

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 24, 2020
16
61
Pomona
I’m getting ready to paint my wife’s bike frame as soon as I get it back from the plater.
I am using 65 to 70 year old decals.
I have read a few threads on painting bike frames here on the Cabe. I understand that enamel paints work best with old decals. I would like to use a paint that’s better than a spray can I can get at a hardware store.
What paints are you using that will produce a quality paint job, that won’t destroy vintage decals?
 

mpdoan2

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 31, 2019
36
50
Moravia, NY
I went to my local auto paint supply store. They recommended an epoxy primer and clear coat, and they mixed the paint color I needed and loaded it in spray cans for me. WAY better than the paint from a hardware or auto part store. (I don’t have a Big compressor and whatnot yet, but quality paint in a can worked really really well.)

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49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
May 29, 2017
1,743
60
fremont california
the old decals won't care what the paint is unless you plan on clear coating the bike over the decals.

the paint store cans is definitely the best way to go if you do not have the equipment to spray.

there used to be pretty good paint in cans at the hardware store but not so much anymore, paint technology is always changing.
 

Ron E

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 24, 2020
16
61
Pomona
Thanks, to all for the advice.
I understand that some paints won’t be compatible with others.
I do plan on clear coating the frame and decals.
I do own a compressor, and HVLP spray gun.
I never had the chance to use it yet.
I do plan on practicing before spraying the frame. If I go that route.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,700
Seattle, United States
I use a ppg products...you can get in a single stage color but u need to use a ppg primer.. if you chose a different brand u need to use that brands primer.. dont mix brands. Going custom paint costs more.. last ...please dont use that crappy krylon rattle can paint.. its just plain junk.. used for cheap fixes small house hold projects and wont last.. auto paints are durable if done correctly and can be touched up easily if you chip it.
 
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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,542
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I am using Rust-Oleum (aka. Rustoleum), either from the local Home Depot, or in 6-packs online, (if I do not want to make a trip to the store).

Sometimes, I use other brands -- just for a unique color, or for an under primer to more closely match the finish coat.
 
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bikecrazy

I live for the CABE
Dec 8, 2011
1,149
Mentor, United States
I use a ppg products...you can get in a single stage color but u need to use a ppg primer.. if you chose a different brand u need to use that brands primer.. dont mix brands. Going custom paint costs more.. last ...please dont use that crappy krylon rattle can paint.. its just plain junk.. used for cheap fixes small house hold projects and wont last.. auto paints are durable if done correctly and can be touched up easily if you chip it.
Nothing wrong with Krylon if you know how to use it. I am sick of being insulted every f#&f&$g time I try to respond to someone’s question. PPG is very expensive and scratches almost as easy as the cheap stuff. Everyone is an expert on this site, and I am glad I never listened to any of their advice.
 

catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Nothing wrong with Krylon if you know how to use it. I am sick of being insulted every f#&f&$g time I try to respond to someone’s question. PPG is very expensive and scratches almost as easy as the cheap stuff. Everyone is an expert on this site, and I am glad I never listened to any of their advice.
Yup
 

Ron E

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Apr 24, 2020
16
61
Pomona
Your Iver Johnson is beautiful! You did a great job painting it!
Going with spray cans, I am limited to the colors that are available from one companies product line. I’m concerned that switching brands to get the colors I need might not work out the way I want it to, and end up trashing my decals. I don’t know. I haven’t the experience painting with trial and error.
The last time I painted a bike was at least 40 years ago. I know paints have changed since then.
I never heard of PPG products.
Will it harm vintage water slide decals? This is my biggest concern!
You can see the bike I’m going to paint if you’re interested:

Thanks for the replies to my thread!
I really don’t want to mess up this project.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,700
Seattle, United States
Cant help it.. its cheap $$%% ..cant paint painters use it.just plain cheap crap...oh ya i.d. use krylon lol on my frame off resto TA.. :0
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Nothing wrong with Krylon if you know how to use it. I am sick of being insulted every f#&f&$g time I try to respond to someone’s question. PPG is very expensive and scratches almost as easy as the cheap stuff. Everyone is an expert on this site, and I am glad I never listened to any of their advice.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,700
Seattle, United States
Wow. i.d. better watch out on the sale section from now on... :0:0:0 I painted my 1968 in krylon tooo lol.
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1motime

I live for the CABE
Aug 7, 2019
1,629
So Cal
Nothing wrong with Krylon if you know how to use it. I am sick of being insulted every f#&f&$g time I try to respond to someone’s question. PPG is very expensive and scratches almost as easy as the cheap stuff. Everyone is an expert on this site, and I am glad I never listened to any of their advice.
I did Pebble Beach restorations for over 35 years. After all that time I used every brand. Never liked PPG. Every other major quality brand outperformed it. My opinion.
They have a huge presence and hype in the hot rod world. Anything that comes out of a gun is expensive. If the Krylon works for you than go for it!
 
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