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Painting the Retro??(2 posts)

Painting the Retro??cdadaa
Jan 5, 2003 11:03 AM
Has anyone painted their own bike. What kind of paint did you use? Clearcoat? Procedures? What kind of spray gun (HVLP?), compressor, etc.

Any info would be helpful. I really want to do everything myself!!

The first time I repainted it I used DupliColor ...Humma Hah
Jan 6, 2003 11:20 AM
And it looked really great for about a week. By 6 months it looked worse than before I painted it. It stayed that way for about 20 years, at which point I handed it over to CyclArt to be totally stripped, powdercoated, and decalled.

The biggest challenge in a do-it-yourself job is not so much the painting equipment as the painting environment. A first-class job requires dust-free air for long enough to dry the paint. On top of that, I assume you don't want your garage, basement, etc, to match your bike -- spray paint tends to get everywhere, in spite of your best efforts to mask the area, spray in little rooms made of cardboard boxes, etc. If you can rig a decent paint spray booth, you've overcome the biggest hurdle.