so i kinda never really said anything more about my painting so i thought i'd do a quick play by play.
first is stripping the frame.
clean the frame from any grease and dirt and then take a peice of steel wool/wire brush/sandpaper and scuff the surface, especially in any tight sports.
to actually strip the frame i use Aircraft Stripper that you can get here at tons of places (wal mart, auto stores, etc.) You can also use any sort of stripper. it really will attack the frames pretty well. spray the stripper on then let it set 10-20 minutes then scrape of with a butter knife/putty knife/ hard edge metal object. once you scrape the paint off i use a drill with a paint stripper brush on it.
you'll need to use sand paper to get the tight spots(shown below) clear of the paint . i use emery cloth because its a little more durable.
then to get rid of all braze on's i get to work with a torch to soften the brazes then use a pair of channel grips/ pliers to pop the braze.
after i finish that, i sand it down with 2000+ grit sandpaper, then wipe it down with clorox wipes to make sure there is no grease from my hands on the frame (using gloves here aint a bad idea) then dry it of with a lint free cloth.
they will end up like this:
once prepped i hang the frame in a fashion like this
the bar prevents it from swinging.
then i use a self etching primer.
after the frames are coated i sand (with 3000 grit) and prime again with the self etching primer. i do this about three times.
then the frames look like this
then depending on the color of the paint shoice i will do a coat of white primer or grey.
then i start the painting process. i do all the tubes first. here i do the head tube in almond, and then i painted the top tube, down tube, seat tube, and the stays.
i found this easier because theyre generally lighter than i do the lugs. if i keep the lugs a lighter colour i will do them first. i then tape them off and do the other.
after 2 -5 coats of colour i do clear coats. between each coat do the same as the primer. the last coat use the highest grit sandpaper you can before the clear coat and between each clear coat.
i used automotive clear coats. there are engine enamals that work great because theyre made to actually take some impact without scratching.
that said here are some tips:
1 do light light coats.
- don't rush it and try to do it in as open areas as possible. dust will fuck it up. ake sure you don't get any oils on the frame.