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We use tractor paint on our race car frames.
Next best thing to powder coating.
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It seems to me that engine enamel is a high heat paint, may not be suitable or best choice for a frame
i'm thinking you would pay more for the heat resistant paint.
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Around here, people have given up on powder coating. Once it gets chipped it's hard to repair and corrosion takes hold under the coating. With any good industrial enamel or urethane you can do touch up and never have to worry about it.
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Here's what I be doing. VHT paint. $9.00 a can. The internet says it's good for motorcycle frames. It's got ceramic in it. I assume that makes it chemical resistant. Well anyway Imma try it. The can is a little confusing. It says recoat inside of an hour or after 7 days once the paint is "cured." It also says it needs to be "cured" at 200F for an hour.

I contacted VHT and asked if I could cure it at a lower temp on my woodstove and they said it will never cure at 100F no matter how long you try. I can get 200F on my stove top with an old barbecue lid over it. Borrowed Puppy Love Lip's oven thermometer.

The internet says engines run at up to 235F, so if I get it up over 200F but not over 235F I will probably be all right. Then again the paint can handle up to 550F for short periods.

It is supposed to be chemical resistant once cured, so it should work for my schmancy tank.

It dries to handle in 3 hrs so tomorrow I'll fire up the woodstove again and cook the swingarm.

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I "cured" the swingarm well over an hour on the stovetop at 200F and over at times. I can't say I'm all that impressed yet. I can scratch the paint off with my thumbnail. I hope it off-gasses with time and hardens. Next up will be stripping the frame. The weather is supposed to be good tomorrow for that.
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I kinda take it back about the VHT paint being soft. Now that it's the next day and cooled off, I can't scratch it with my thumbnail, and I think it's pretty hard. So far, for a low rent paint job, I think I can recommend it. There's no paint smell to it today, and i think it's pretty much about totally off-gassed.
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