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Old 11-22-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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I'm going to be repainting my bike frame over the next few days.
Do i really need a coat of primer, and is the clear coat necessary?

Thanks, Rob.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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What is it made of? You might want to consider having it powder coated, it will last much longer. Another option is to sand blast the frame, and clean it off, then take to a paint and body shop. I have done that in the past as well. They usually have a little bit of left over paint, and they shouldn't charge more than $50.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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I talked to mark and i'm just going to use the elbow grease and strip it using some industrial paint stripper. It's aluminum.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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Primer will help the paint stick and prevent chipping. Clear coat will give it a glossy finish and protect the paint.. But its not like you are painting a Ferarri.. You can always repaint again...
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alright.
I think i might skimp on the clear coat i want a flat finish anyways.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:57 PM   #6
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If you are going to strip it bare, then definatley prime it.. Prime it, wet sand it, prime and wet sand again. Then repeat the process with the paint. Use a Satin, or Matte Clearcoat.
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ok wet sand.
Is that as self explanatory as it sounds?
water plus fine grit sand paper?
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Yes, use the black fine paper and a spray water bottle.. Wetsand and wipe down with alcohol and let dry before you prime again.. The more coats you do prime/sand the better the paint will look. No pits or runs.. Make sure to mist and not over spray, multiple thin coats are better..
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Alright. I'm going to take it to mark to disassemble tues. and start then, i'll post some pictures when i'm done. thanks for the help.
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shit, what about rust spots?
do i need to do any sealing other than the primer after steel wool?
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I am going to stick with my earlier suggestion. Strip the parts, sandblast the frame, and powdercoat. You will be happier with the results, and they will last longer. If you pay someone $100, it is better than spending $150 when you do it yourself. Think about how much your elbow grease is worth, then the paint, supplies, ect.
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Aluminum shouldnt rust, are you sure its aluminum? Get a wire wheel on a drill or grinder with wire wheel.. Unless you are buying Krylon from Wallyworld.. Deans right just get it blasted and pc.. unless it would cost more than you spent on the bike..
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Check with a magnet for the type of metal, wont stick to alum. Also, Panhandle powdercoat just finished my road bike frame and did a killer job Daniel over there is a really nice guy and a biker as well so my bro was right use the powdercoat and you will be happy with the quality and it will last a long time. Pm me and I will give you the # for Daniel. Marty
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As others have said, powdercoat is much better than paint. It's a much harder finish, and is less prone to getting scratched. It'll look good a lot longer than paint will.
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as eric said it'll cost more than i spent on the bike. painting shouldn't cost me more then 20 for the supplies.

I did the magnet trick on the frame and it didn't stick, meaning, aluminum, right? But there is def. rust..
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