Wednesday, October 3, 2012

thoughts from an amateur spray painter

This is not a 'how to' as I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I started out on this project.There's a swag of good sites out there, and I just found one that spoke to me.I've had two frames powder coated by different workshops over the years,and in both cases,the rust began to bleed through within  12 months.Perhaps,by doing it myself, it will last a little longer? The plan is for  black polka dots over gunmetal grey.Hope I am not being too ambitious.Here's a few thoughts.

:Practice on the forks,first,Fred.

:Brush the frame back to bare ,shiny metal,then have a close look      at it with a magnifying glass and brush it some more.(I used my dad's old Bosch drill on slow speed with a brass brush attachment.)

:Don't spray on a windy day.

:Tape over all threads, openings etc

:Follow the instructions on the can and watch out for'runs'

:Make sure that your thinners,primer,paint and clear coat are all compatible.

:Use the finest wet and dry paper available.

Here goes.

 All stripped back
 This is the black polka dot coat
 Polka dots applied and ready to paint
Finished frame,gun metal grey with black polka dots. I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself at this stage as the whole thing looks quite spiffy.Future updates soon.