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Hi Guys,

At some point I will probably want to change the colour of my bike. Although its not something that I will do immediately, it reminded me that this forum might be a good place to ask this question.

I need some answers because it serves another purpose for me. Although I would like to learn to customise my own bike. I have another area of interest, which is related to my work (nothing to do with bikes) and I have been for some time trying to figure out how to spray paint on clean metal sheets, so that it sticks and that it doesn't scratch off easily. I even bought a compressed air machine a couple of months ago but never got the chance to use it. I was told that I could use some of the techniques used by car manufacturers where they add a plastic coating to stop it getting scratched. I am trying to figure out of these tools are available to hobbyists? I am willing to spend money, but not enough buy an assembly line machinery

I want to know is it possible to spray paint your bike yourself, or must you go to a specialist garage that does this sort of body work spray painting?

Have you spray painted your bike, and how did it go?

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LondonMan,
It's absolutely possible to spray paint your tins yourself, I have done so on several occasions. The two biggest things to doing it successfully are:
1. Use a good-quality paint. I like using Duplicolor Perfect Match, since it's readily available in most auto stores over here (I'm not sure if it's available in the UK), applies easy, and the colors themselves are very accurate.
2. As with all body work, proper prep is 90% of a good result. Use a good sandable primer, sand it down and make sure it's as smooth as possible before thinking about laying a basecoat. After the basecoat, use a clearcoat of the same brand, let it dry, then make sure to wet-sand and polish the paint to remove the texture (orange peel). I find that most people skip the wetsanding and polishing when using spray paint, and that's part of the reason why it looks so bad.

If you take those two major things into account, you should be fine. Everyone that looks at something on my bike that I've had to spray paint can't believe that I had done so, it turns out that good. Then again, I used to work in a professional auto body shop, so I know a few tricks to use

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On the clean bare metal sheets........ Scuff them with a red scotch brite pad. spray some acid etch primer and then paint. If they are greasy you have to de-grease them first. The acid etch primer will help the paint stick.
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three words..........2 k clear, it is a 2 part clear see link http://www.spraymax.com/index.php?id=361&L=1, especially the tank as it is gas proof, doesn't yellow over time, but you must use with caution (respirator)high toxic stuff, here is a fender i did, three coats of clear, stuff goes on flawless.

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