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Old 01-17-21, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Big thanks xiaoman1 for the tips and advice.
Hey Miguel,
Looks great.....now you can do the lug lining on my Paramount.
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Old 01-17-21, 07:10 PM
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Old 01-17-21, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Very nice. It looks great. I very much like paint in a fluted seat post.

But there's an easier way. The one time I painted a fluted seat post like that, I didn't bother masking anything. I painted the flutes freehand, being reasonably careful, waited it for it to dry, then used a single-sided razor blade to scrape off anything that wasn't in the flute. Lay the blade across both sides of the flute and scrape gently. That gives a nice, crisp line, and it's then easy to scrape off any other overage. An X-acto knife would work just as well. Heck, a pocket knife would probably work just as well. A credit card might work just as well, Mine came out rather nicely; it certainly passed the five-foot test and probably the one foot test. (I can't check because I no longer have the seat post.)

This technique has limited applicability. It is 100% not recommended for cleaning up pinstriping on a frame. But it works great on a seat post.
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Old 01-17-21, 07:52 PM
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bikingshearer I actually did use my box cutter with a fresh blade to clean up the edges on the flutes. Thanks for pointing that out it could help another BF member attempting this. It made the edges cleaner with minimal touch up needed

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Old 01-17-21, 10:30 PM
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I was on a painting theme today. Started the morning painting the exterior of my home until it got around 86 where it got too hot to continue. In the meantime went to Michael's for some Testors paint. Im hooked.









And house painting while the wife sipped wine and supervised.


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Old 01-17-21, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Big thanks xiaoman1 for the tips and advice.
Nice! I've painted a few and did the tape thing a couple of times but it was too tedious, Then I tried just painting without worrying about overspray/overpaint then scrubbed the seatposts with #000 steel wool. Worked like a charm, no scratches.
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Old 01-18-21, 06:53 PM
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bikingshearer I actually did use my box cutter with a fresh blade to clean up the edges on the flutes. Thanks for pointing that out it could help another BF member attempting this. It made the edges cleaner with minimal touch up needed
Giving advise that might have been usefull before but is completely useless now - hey, that's what I do. You're welcome.
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Giving advise that might have been usefull before but is completely useless now - hey, that's what I do. You're welcome.
Lol I see it being useful for someone in the future looking into painting flutes. Hey if they come across ur razor blade/box cutter suggestion they'll be able to use it.
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Old 01-18-21, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
Nice! I've painted a few and did the tape thing a couple of times but it was too tedious, Then I tried just painting without worrying about overspray/overpaint then scrubbed the seatposts with #000 steel wool. Worked like a charm, no scratches.
This is essentially my technique whenever paint-filling. Either use #0000 steel wool after on the high spots, or wipe off the excess with a towel slightly dampened with mineral spirits.
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