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post #1 of 19 Old 04-11-2019, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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1986 Rebel repaint

I'm considering repainting the rebel i just recently bought. The frame has a few nicks and scratches and rust is starting to develop. What is the most durable way to paint the frame without spending much money? I'm on a very small budget. Looking to use spray cans on the bike.
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-12-2019, 07:13 AM
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a very good result can be had using spray cans - the key is preparation as in most things

youtube has some amazing videos where guys have spray-bombed their cars and made it look professional

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Using a two part fuel resistant clear coat over the paint will protect it from gas drips. https://www.amazon.com/SprayMax-Glam...SIN=B0082LJMC6
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Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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for the price of the spraymax clear you can buy a cheap hvlp and a quart of clear or even a pint of single stage and be way ahead. see what your local auto body supply has on special. i picked up a gallon of clear with hardener for $50 a few weeks ago, turns out its a pretty good high solids clear that lays out nice. A pint of single stage should run you around $40 depending on color and once reduced(usually 1:1) you have a quart of sprayable paint. a quart goes way further thru an hvlp than a spray can. the $10 harborfreight gun is not bad at all for the price. so say $60 invested, that will only get you about 6 cans of decent spray paint.



check autobodysource.com and see if theres any partipating locations in your area. if so they will honor the prices from the website.

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Wouldn't he also need a compressor? For a small project as the OP described, buying in quantity may not be the least expensive way to go.

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Wouldn't he also need a compressor? For a small project as the OP described, buying in quantity may not be the least expensive way to go.

as cheap as compressors are these days i figure anyone doing any vehicle maintenance should have atleast a pancake compressor. ive painted with the $150 harborfreight compressor before, had to take lots of breaks but it did it. and a pint is hardly quantity. just trying to help him get the most for his dollar. nothin worse than spending all the time and effort for a nice finish with rattle can only to have it wiped away first time gas spills on it.

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nothin worse than spending all the time and effort for a nice finish with rattle can only to have it wiped away first time gas spills on it.
Which is why I recommended the spray can two part clear coat; it's fuel resistant. At around $20 per can, it's not all that expensive.

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For a frame I'd just use plain old Rustoleum in gloss black. The problem with painting a frame is there is no real way to get to it without completely disassembling the bike. Rustoleum is not gas proof, but it should be ok on the frame. Just don't use lacquer. Gas will just wash that off.
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HVLP (High Velocity Low Pressure) sprayers do not go on a compressor, the have a stacked fan blower instead.

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HVLP (High Velocity Low Pressure) sprayers do not go on a compressor, the have a stacked fan blower instead.

thats funny because i run my guns that all say HVLP off a compressor just like every other autobody shop in the US.

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