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  • TandemJeremy
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    Getting it powder coated will be cheaper.

    Do get a decent finish with rattle cans you need a lot of preparation and thus time and quite a few cans of paint

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    As TJ said. But if your keen I had good results with Platikote spray enamel from Wilkos. Goes on nice & thick. Limited colour choice, but nice glossy finish that didnt really need lacquering. Cost wise your looking at least £30, & lots & lots of time.

    If you can strip it to bare steel, I can get it done matt black for nowt, but it has to be completely stripped as the powder needs an electrically conductive surface to adhere, before baking.

    clubber
    Member

    Another vote for enammelling it properly but if you really want to DIY for minimum cost, sand it down with fine wet/dry (No real need to paint stip it IME – just make sure you remove any rust/corrosion and flaking paint), wash it/degrease it thoroughly and then use Plastikote paint on a nice warm day. Lots of thin coats and it’ll be fine.

    As above, should only need three cans of plastikote (assuming a standard diamond frame) which IIRC is £12ish from B&Q with plenty of colour choice.

    jp-t853
    Member

    I have an old MS Racing mountain bike that I recently converted to singlespeed. The paint has lots of chips etc and I can’t really justify a professional enamel job.

    Can anyone recommend some spray paints by brand & type.

    I am assuming a good scrape/rub down of the frame & forks with the help of paint stripper followed by Primer, Paint and then a clear lacquer.

    Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

    jp-t853
    Member

    Thanks for the advice I fully appreciate the reasons for doing it properly but it is an old bike that I leave at my parent’s house for when I am at keswick with some surprise spare time. I quite fancy the time spent on a tactile process spread over a few nice evenings.

    Result is it will be Sky Blue Plastikote from B&Q.

    Get your gran to nip down there quick and pick up the paint for you.
    It’s 10% pensioner’s discount day at B&Q on Wednesdays. 😉

    jp-t853
    Member

    I’d have to dig her up first so it wouldn’t be that quick 😉

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