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Yesterday I went to a small store that only sells stuff for painting, got 2K epoxy primer, 2K primer that goes on top of previous primer, the paint (it's called "base" to be correct) and a clear coat (could be 2K also, don't remember). A solvent and 2 respirators. Most of them (maybe all) are made in Germany. Cost me 3 times more than I paid for the rattle cans, but that was the last nail in the "trying to cut corners" coffin.

And since that stuff is sold in 1 liter cans, I will finally get my lazy self to paint the tank, fenders and oil tank also. Just need to clean everything from the old paint.
That rattle can primer will likely come right off with either acetone or MEK. Lacquer thinner will do it, but can leave enough residue for three cleanings.

After you clean off the primer, be sure to rough the metal well. 60-80 grit is a good starting point for dtm epoxies. That said, triple check the manufacturers sheets.

The house of kolor (valspar) products I use have 80 grit as the minimum, with 60 preferred and 36-40 grit as ok. Just be forewarned some of the high build epoxies REALLY fill imperfections. This can choke off details you want to keep.
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That rattle can primer will likely come right off with either acetone or MEK. Lacquer thinner will do it, but can leave enough residue for three cleanings.

After you clean off the primer, be sure to rough the metal well. 60-80 grit is a good starting point for dtm epoxies. That said, triple check the manufacturers sheets.

The house of kolor (valspar) products I use have 80 grit as the minimum, with 60 preferred and 36-40 grit as ok. Just be forewarned some of the high build epoxies REALLY fill imperfections. This can choke off details you want to keep.
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I would like to know more about these "acrylics".
Do you have any info?
Just went and had a look at the paint I last used. Made by a company here in Oz called "HiChem" Appropriate I guess as paint now really is a chemical scientists wet dream. Top coats were described as "Automotive Acrylic" and the primer as "one pack epoxy". Sold under the brand "Motospray"

What it is really, who knows ?

It had two advantages for me. Half the price of PPG and they had an orange that was very close to Jet Fire.

But I am NO painter.

Chuck's just put more info up than you could Google in a week. I suspect he knows very well of what he speaks and I would listen to him.

I tend to paint my race bikes in the anticipation the paint will only be on there a short time. The bikes get crashed and changed on a pretty regular basis. Constant "manhandling" during loading an unloading also takes a toll.

Having said all that the paint on my sidecar is now about 18 months old and still looks very good. Despite me managing to hit Noel Fernando on his first foray into sidecar racing. They gotta learn sometime.

But it will get an "update" this season. Soon as I get my new seat sorted.
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