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yellow is the wrong shade of yellow for my special project.(10 posts)

yellow is the wrong shade of yellow for my special project.Frith
Jan 28, 2004 6:53 PM
I bought a pair of ciussi elite cages on ebay for a "very special winter project". The yellow isn't as it was pictured and it doesn't quite jive with my "very special winter project". I'm thinking about painting them another shade of yellow. I'd need to mask off or remove the side tabs and then what? sand them down to the bone? Any kind of paint better than another? Tremclad or some other metalic based spray?... Should I clear-coat?
Now to get the obvious out of the way:
yes I'm serious
no I'm not usually this anal.
yes I'm willing to spend $20 on spray cans.
no I'm not willing to take them to a powder coater :)
yes it is a VERY SPECIAL winter project.

If they weren't mustardy and if they looked like this I wouldn't have to endure the public ridicule I'm sure I've got coming. If wishes were fishes the sea would be full of little yellow fishes.
I dunno, that's a pretty yellow yellow, How much more yellow...rwbadley
Jan 28, 2004 7:45 PM
do you need?

Paint it Black.

Your paint may not stick, it will look foul after a short time.

With a bottle in it who's to know?

Get campy carbon, goes with everything!?...
I would like the yellow in the pic...Frith
Jan 29, 2004 6:43 AM
Unfortunately the cages are not as advertised.
and carbon would not go with this project.
Matching yellow is tough...6was9
Jan 28, 2004 8:07 PM
I have the same problem with my bottle cage and handle bar tape because mfgs/catalogs usually do not indicate what shade they are and yet they come all sorts of different shades... lemon yellow, pale yellow, mustard yellow, orange yellow, etc.
Yellow is always wro...RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 28, 2004 8:42 PM
If possible remove the silver "elite" parts (or mask with tape) and give the cages a good sanding to rough up the surface. If there's 8" of snow on the ground sand them down to the metal (it may take a while by hand, try a dremmel) Once down to the metal clean with rubbing alcohol to remove grease and oils. Use an etching primer (rustoleum makes a few) to give the cages an even coat. The best paint would be DuPont Imron yet that is quite pricey, only sold in larger quantities, and requires a spraygun or airbrush. Otherwise use any standard spray paint (I reccomend staying with the brand of primer you use) Even coats applied from at least 10" away and from all angles. Apply your clearcoat (matte satin gloss) in the same manner. Eventually the paint will chip off due to the excessive wear from removing the bottles over and over but you don't care now do ya? Good luck, take pics and share...
re: yellow is the wrong shade of yellow for my special project.terry b
Jan 28, 2004 9:00 PM
I've painted a few cages with mixed results. Sand it with a fine grain paper just to make the surface matte. Then paint in many light coats. I've not clearcoated, but next time I will probably try it. I've had very good luck with plain old Krylon glossy enamel. Not such great luck with metalfleck (hence we'll be trying clearcoat next time.)
re: yellow is the wrong shade of yellow for my special project.Drone 5200
Jan 28, 2004 9:39 PM
I can't wait to see a post of your "VERY SPECIAL winter project"

Btw, Good luck with the cages.
of course. all will be revealed when I'm done :-) (nm)Frith
Jan 29, 2004 6:54 AM
Uh - It's only anal when it's somebody else.Spoke Wrench
Jan 29, 2004 3:19 AM
You just have an artistic eye.
re: yellow is the wrong shade of yellow for my special project.Dave Hickey
Jan 29, 2004 4:19 AM
Another suggestion is to prime the cage with white primer. Assuming you have the proper shade of yellow paint, white primer will give you the best match. I use automotive primer from Autozone. It comes in white or gray.