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Pimpin my ho Part II -- Paint revisited(5 posts)

Pimpin my ho Part II -- Paint revisitedscottfree
Sep 19, 2002 10:18 AM
Decided to paint my '85 Miyata sport tourer. It's time.

OK, on the theory that I'll never be able to get a smooth unrunny finish out of a spray can, what if I simply embrace roughness? Do a hammered finish like this:

I can see it looking sharp, in an aggressive kind of way.

It's black now, but I'm wanting some color.

Retro aesthetes, what do you say?
Sep 20, 2002 3:07 AM
I just repainted the house this weekend; while strolling through the paint deparment I stumbled onto thisstuff for the first time....

my immediate thought was 'great idea for the beater'.

not sure about 'retro', though.
Bought some at a clearance sale last year....cory
Sep 20, 2002 7:49 AM
Home Depot came to town and drove a local hardware store out of business. I bought a couple of cans of that stuff off the clearance table and I've been trying to think of something to do with it.
Wouldn't put it on a Masi, I guess...but man, it's perfect for the singlespeed Trek pseudo-cyclocrosser.
Rustoleum Hammered paint...(kinda long)Tommy B
Sep 20, 2002 10:22 AM
I've used that paint before on a couple different projects. Three or four years ago I painted all the old cast-iron radiators in my apartment with the silver color (definately a project for the summer when you can have all the windows open + a real gas mask). They came out looking great, and they still look great. The surface of the metal was already a little bumpy to begin with so it was hard to tell how much of the final "hammed" look was due to the paint.

Then this summer I repainted a steel cafe table that I keep on the back porch. I used silver again. I figured the hammed finish would hide or prevent scratches from plates and cups. The top is circular with a bull-nose edge and it has a tripod base of round poles. The results of painting this were less successful than the radiators. I consider myself to be pretty good with spray paint and normally get professional looking results, but this paint gave me a hard time. The flat top of the table looks very splotchy and uneven despite the fact that I was very methodical in spraying in long, even, parallel passes. I gave it multiple coats with the recommended drying times in between, thinking the hammered effect would build up and even out, but it always came out uneven. It came out looking more like a fine bead-blasted or shot-peened finished than hammered. I noticed that the degree of "hammeredness" depends on how close to the object you spray. Closer=more rough, farther=more smooth. So if you vary your spray distance from a flat surface, the difference in the resulting varying degrees of texture make for a mottled, uneven look (at least on a flat surface). The tricky part was that when you get close enough to get the cool hammered effect, you are putting way too much paint down to keep it even and risk creating runs & drips.

On the flip side, for a bike frame, since you're painting relatively narrow round tubes and not a flat, even surface like a table, you may get a much better result. Or maybe I got a bad can of paint? Either way, I'd definately recommend testing the paint on something like pieces of copper or steel water pipes. This will give you a chance to test how different spray distances affect the texture and you'll get some practice controlling it before attacking your frame.

I hope this is helpful (sorry so long-winded!) Good luck and if you go with this paint, let us know how it turns out. Post some close-up pics for us to check out.

Great info, thanks!scottfree
Sep 23, 2002 10:58 AM