DIY frame spraying?
I have done one
used palasticoat, primer 5 coats then 4 caots of colour and finally 5 protective coats..
pitfalls – you need a ventilated room and a very steady hand, luckily mine did not run anywhere, you really do need a lot of coats tho or it will chip easily, that said some heli tape will sort that out.
Cost me around £20 all in and a lot of time, you will need to nitromore your frame and sand it down with very fine sand paper, any bits on the frame will show, I took 2 weeks sanding and polishing it. All in just over 1 month of stripping, sanding, and spraying to get a nice finish! but tbh the finish is very good for that effort!Posted 8 years agosimon_gSubscriber
I did it with nitromors then direct-to-metal spraypaint. Did couple of coats, which was about 3 cans worth. It's not very durable though, several bits of paint now missing on the top tube from leaning it against things.
Depends on what you want really – for a nice deep, durable, shiny finish paying a pro is probably worth the cost. Powdercoat makes for a good, durable (if heavy) finish at less cost.Posted 8 years agoSpankmonkeyMember
only if it is A1.. any scratches etc will show up badly! I did not strip the forks and it was awful so i stripped my pain job off and the original paint and started again! yes it's a pain but the satisfaction is worth it! I preferred doing it myself rather than hand £60 over to someone. That said if DIY is not your thing then def go to a local sprayers!
Simon – I got around 7 coats from a can, all thin layers built up. I agree it chips easily compared to a pro job, but I will def be getting some heli tape to cover the framePosted 8 years agoFOGSubscriber
I have an old hack frame in the shed I want to build up as a third bike so don't want to spend much money tarting it up [all the bits are lurking in the shed already].Posted 8 years ago
Anybody sprayed a frame with aerosols? What are the pitfalls, what paint to use etc.?
Does anybody know where to get custom decals to finish it off?rolfharrisMember
I did it-it cost as much as powder coating but I couldn't get the BB out so had to do it myself. Apart from 1 run it looked good, but didn't seem to hard wearing (3 coats primer, 4 paint, 3 laquer) but I don't know because the bike was stolen exactly 1 week after I did it- after 10 years loyal service 🙁
Posted 8 years agothomthumbMember
problem i found is stopping dust sticking to the frame – although i know you can rig a spray booth with wet bed sheets if thats your thing!!
by the time you've bought thr paint and spent a day doing it – i'd rather bung £35 to the sprayer and get a top quality job – if your not bothered about colour speak to them, sneak it in a runa nd get a further discount.Posted 8 years agorootes1Member
<<Cost me around £20 all in and a lot of time, you will need to nitromore your frame and sand it down with very fine sand paper, any bits on the frame will show, I took 2 weeks sanding and polishing it. All in just over 1 month of stripping, sanding, and spraying to get a nice finish! but tbh the finish is very good for that effort! >>
you could get a decent powder coater to dip, blast and coat in for £45 – armourtex in hackney, london for example on a 3 day turn around..
saves the labour and you geta decent durable finishPosted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Yup, DIY spraying fundamentally makes no sense unless you have the kit already, or you're happy to half-ass it, or you just like the project. With the cost of powdercoating, which is also simply a better finish, rattle can jobs are pretty impossible to justify normally.
Still, there's a lot to be said for the £5 matt black BBQ paint respray, looks great if done right…Posted 8 years ago
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