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anyone done airbrushing on frames?(15 posts)

anyone done airbrushing on frames?DougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 7:34 AM
Has anyone done their own airbrushing to touch up or modify frames? How hard is it, and what would I need to know to get started? Is this better left to a pro? Thanks.

I seem to remember a guy a while back who posted hereColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 7:57 AM
He had airbrushed some skulls and such onto his bike. I doubt it's all that hard as long as you know how to airbrush in the 1st place and use the proper paint for what you are paiting. I'm guessing you'd want to clearcoat it afterwards but I'm in no way a paint expert.
re: anyone done airbrushing on frames?GreenEugene
Dec 11, 2002 8:51 AM
I hope you are using envronmentally friendly paint that won't kill the ozone.
it's the law here; don't worryDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 8:53 AM
Lighten up, BTW.

Don't you recognize the famous Eugene,OldEdScott
Dec 11, 2002 9:19 AM
awakened from his slumbers as Kristen predicted?
Totally my fault. I brought him up yesterday.Dave Hickey
Dec 11, 2002 10:33 AM
I should have kept my mouth shut.
RRP shows up...then Eugene...hmmmmm(nm)ColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 2:45 PM
Just be Sure It Doesn't Look Like it Belongs at Sturgis!jtolleson
Dec 11, 2002 9:26 AM
No offense to our previous artist, but his lightening, flames, skulls whatever lacked only a Playboy bunny to look like a white trash custom harley job.

PC Disclaimer....

No offense to white people, trashy people, or Harley owners. I'm not generalizing, I'm only speaking of a certain small segment of the Budweiser-drinking population. No offense to Bud drinkers, either.
Dec 11, 2002 9:42 AM
I'm just considering a contrasting overlay to cover a paint problem. Maybe a little fade. Nothing fancy. I have no artistic talent whatsoever.

Sounds perfect!! (nm)jtolleson
Dec 11, 2002 9:59 AM
Doug, Here is what you need....Morgan
Dec 11, 2002 2:28 PM
Doug, I have owned several Hot rods in my past and have used a touch up gun or air brush. It's not that hard to do all you need is practice. You can purchase the gun from several locations in Fresno. I think that Sear even stocks them. You can get the paint from the Glass Shack, they also do custom mix as well. You will also need a compressor. Thats about the extent of it besides PRACTICE!! Make sure you spay on something you don't care about to get the correct pattern and flow.
ALSO: Have sold your bike yet? My wife may be interested if you still have it. E-mail me at

LOL (nm)js5280
Dec 11, 2002 10:23 AM
Great post JT :-D
Boy, you sure know how to pick your enemies.53T
Dec 11, 2002 10:30 AM
I only pick on ballet dancers and jockeys. Surprized you didn't try to insult gun owners while you were at it.
No, but I do airbrushing....Starliner
Dec 11, 2002 5:46 PM
I make my living as an artist, and airbrushing is part of what I do. I read your horror story a few days ago and thought of making this reply, but didn't because I'm rather busy, and you didn't indicate that you'd consider fixing the problem yourself.

But now that I just read your request, I'll put happy hour at the tavern on hold and advise you how to do-tit-yourself.

Tools you'll need:
Portable air compressor (Home Depot - $200-250)
Airbrush (Harbor Freight - $10)
Hose and fittings (~$10-20)
Oil based paint - take your frame to a local paint store, and ask them to do a computer match on the color. Then have them make you up a pint which should cost you around $10-15.
Paint thinner - cheap

When you have everything set, sand the to-be-painted area on the frame down to clean it up and prep it. Brush or vacuum off dust. Mix the paint and thinner together to a consistency slightly thicker than water, and pour the mix into the little bottle that comes with the airbrush.

Connect the airbrush to the hose, hose to compressor, set compressor to a max of 40 psi. Get a big sheet of cardboard to set behind the frame to catch the overspray and to test out the airbrush. Then, with compressor on and everything set up, test the airbrush out on the cardboard.

If necessary, twist the nozzle in order to get the type of consistency of spray that you will need. Then fire away at the frame.

You'll find that airbrushing is quite easy to control, much better than paint in a spray can.

I think you're going to be happy with the result.
and, what to use for clearcoating? nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 12, 2002 5:39 AM