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Old 19th March 2013
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Question Would just a single translucent paint work over bare metal?

What would happen if you just sprayed a single translucent (one color) paint over bare metal. Do I just need to make the paint stick? If it needs primer to stick, do they make a clear primer? Or do I just have to try it.
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The V-rods when they first came out had a bare aluminum tank with just a clear coat over it so there obviously is a way to do it.
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I bought a 4.5g tank to put on 1200n last year and gave it a whirl. I sanded to bare metal, washed, dried, and wiped down with isopropyl alcohol right before starting the process. I was even in a dehumidified space (less than 40% humidity). It started to discolor within 3-4 weeks and by the end of the season it was starting to rust. It looked very cool, but I had it painted before serious rust happened.

There wasn't a problem with clearing it, though. I used a clear adhesion promoter (Duplicolor I think) and then clear coated with engine clear that was fuel resistant. The finish held up fine...just wasn't able to get all moisture off surface first.
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you can, but will need to prep first. rub it down with a laquer thinner, to get any grease, wax, oil, and dirt off. then if you are ok with how the metal looks spray it on. your biggest concern will be coverage and moisture in the paint. depeneding on how you will spray it, will give you different/best lasting results (chances are over time it will rust). I use high end hvlp devilblis guns, with a filter and moisture trap, and in this instance would spray on a low humidity day. after washing the metal with a thinner. or etcher. like earlier, laquer thinner is what I use. Dont touch the metal with bare hands, oils in your fingers will be a problem. you are trying to get that clear to stick. What do you plan on spraying it with? raw metal and h2o dont mix, keeping the tank clean and dry is very difficult. A enviromentaly controlled spray room, is realy the only way to make it last.
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Wanted to spray it with my Devil Bliss hvlp gun, I found some types of clear primer I could use. I also could tint the primer?
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tinting wouldnt be a problem. get a moisture trap for the gun if you do t have, and even a filter helps. I wouldnt go cheep on the clear ppg is imo the best auto paint, others may disagree. http://www.ppg.com/coatings/autooem/...clearcoat.aspx
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I have painted sportster tanks befor, my bike is fully custom painted by my hand and is as good as most shop will give you, art work maybe not but thats because I am not an artist. but I know the spine of the tank that has the mount on it will be you biggest chance of failure. the cracks and corners will be a concern for moisture.
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Well I found some clear primer in a can, can't seem to find it for a HPLV gun though. How good would a spray can do compared to a gun?
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A hvlp is only going to be as good as the wet sand cutting and polishing you are willing to spend time doing. If your can of clear is able to cut and polish it will work, or if you ok with the orange peal then its just fine. Plus the spray can will have low moisture out of can. air compressors pull in the moisture from the air. sure you know that. keeping you tank clean and damn dry will help. I have never done what you are proposing though.
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If its in a spray can how would you tint it though?
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