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Old 01-26-21, 01:47 PM
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did you thin your Rustoleum?

I attempted a Rustoleum brush on project in the spring: primer then matte black on a mid-80's Miyata one thousand.
I had read that a bit of thinning would allow the paint to level out so that brush strokes wouldn't be visible. The primer seemed to go on fine on bare steel - looked smooth enough for me.
But the black (which I think I added some paint thinner to) was very difficult. I got both brush strokes and drips. When I would sand out the drips I'd get down to white primer. Back and forth like that - very frustrating.
If I touched a lug - or even gave it a harsh look - the primer would pop out at the edges.

Eventually I gave up, sanded it mostly smooth and gave it a final coat of black matte spray paint. The lugs are not sharp, so I'd like to get a pro wet paint job at some point. But it's not in the budget. Probably I'll keep riding it for a couple year. Then re-strip and rattle can it.

Last question: Have you tried Spray Bike? Someone just posted a nicely done (I think) StumpJumper where they used SprayBike. Here: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...resto-mod.html

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mrv ...

I did not thin the paint, The manufacturer suggests against it. Brush strokes can become an issue but careful application works wonders. Yes, there is a brush stroke, or two, which can be rubbed out, but those blemishes are few, far between and in inconspicuous spots. The only real bummer is a poorly placed decal (will order another one to fix the boo boo...


Spray Bike? I did look into the product but could see no real advantage for my use and purpose. I do not have a lot of cash to put into my hobby, anymore, so I must be frugal, hence the Rustoleum and a well used paint brush...

Need a small item, or two, to complete the Torpado (brake pads, brake cable casing, tires will be here end of March but I plan to take pictures with the old tires still fitted. I want to get some shots of a grey and red bike against a pristine snow white back ground (easy to find in Canada right now).

Anyway, that's it for the brushed on paint job. A fun project to say the least.
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Old 01-27-21, 09:24 AM
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mrv ...

I did not thin the paint, The manufacturer suggests against it. Brush strokes can become an issue but careful application works wonders. Yes, there is a brush stroke, or two, which can be rubbed out, but those blemishes are few, far between and in inconspicuous spots. The only real bummer is a poorly placed decal (will order another one to fix the boo boo...


Spray Bike? I did look into the product but could see no real advantage for my use and purpose. I do not have a lot of cash to put into my hobby, anymore, so I must be frugal, hence the Rustoleum and a well used paint brush...

Need a small item, or two, to complete the Torpado (brake pads, brake cable casing, tires will be here end of March but I plan to take pictures with the old tires still fitted. I want to get some shots of a grey and red bike against a pristine snow white back ground (easy to find in Canada right now).

Anyway, that's it for the brushed on paint job. A fun project to say the least.
randyjawa, I recently discovered a way to quickly paint bike frame tubes (but, not the lugs). Using this little foam "mini - roller" the paint goes on very smooth and leaves no brushstrokes, drips or, sags. (I use a little brush to coat the lugs). After each coating I wrap the roller in aluminum foil & put it into the refrigerator. Then, re-use roller the next day. After about three coats discard the roller. (No need to clean between uses). Be good. Have fun.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/WHIZZ-2-in-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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I use these little disposable “sponge-on-a-stick” brushes. You don’t really brush the paint on to metal. You dab it on and this eliminates brush strokes for me which I still get even with a good brush. Obviously my technique sucks and did not get much better with practice, so these spongy things were a life-saver. The sponge creates little tiny air bubbles in the wet paint which rapidly collapse into a smooth surface.

The most convenient size for bike painting is the one between these two but I’ve used up all I had.

I read somewhere that some aircraft during the Second World War were sponge-painted and modellers use closed-cell foam bits to recreate the finish. (These brushes are not closed-cell — they are just cheap open-cell plastic foam but they work for me.). A bit tedious because you dab over the whole surface. If I cheat and try to stroke I get brush marks which I have go back over immediately with dabbing.
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Well, I have three and a half cans of Rustoleum to spare (bought yellow and off white, intending to reproduce original Torpado livery), so I am going to give the little roller and sponge things a try on something to try on. Thanks for the heads up on this. Perhaps I can improve my results. Anyway, went to the city today to get some brake cable casing. Time to finish assembling the Torpado.
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Though don't have new tires and a new chain, the bike is basically done. The tires and chain will be here at the end of March, which is not much of a problem. Not many vintage road bikes on the road, where I live, these days. Anyway, I wanted to see how the brushed on paint job looked in the sunlight...
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Though don't have new tires and a new chain, the bike is basically done. The tires and chain will be here at the end of March, which is not much of a problem. Not many vintage road bikes on the road, where I live, these days. Anyway, I wanted to see how the brushed on paint job looked in the sunlight...
that bike looks great. The finish is nice for brush paint. When I lived on a sailboat I learned a lot about paint and varnish work. I was not as good with a brush as the experts so I went to the high quality foam brushes from the chandlery, not the cheap hardware store type. Then just a few drops of Penetrol to help the paint lay down after application. If done right with a good working temperature it can look smooth. You certainly have a good technique for it to come out that nice.
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Funny that you say that Kabuki12 , I had a wooden Lighting sailboat and also learned to get good at brush painting and varnishing. I really liked Interlux varnish and Woolsey paint. I have always thought that I would brush paint a car to prove that it could look good. Others on the internet have beat me to it and I don't have a car (or truck) that is worthy of a brush paint job.

randyjawa takes this skilled brush painting to bicycle frames that look absolutely great.

Great attention to detail. That Torpedo looks perfect.

One of my hacks that I came up with back when I was brush painting more often was to attach my paint can opener on a string to my brush comb so that at the end when I'm cleaning up, I always know where the brush comb is.
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brushes

I am a furniture maker and learned that you can get a perfect high gloss finish with a brush I find it easy.........if you get the paint consistency right so it dosent sag or drip. fine sand between coats.....it will come out like a mirror........Raleigh dipped their roadster frames in a giant tub of paint and the paint consistency made every one perfect.....watch relative humidity it is important......pick a low humidity day.....not in the sun
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Really good!!
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Pretty sure that you have seen enough pictures of the old Torpado. Except for road test/tuning, the bike is now done. And, at minus 27 degrees, with a wind chill it feels like minus 36 degrees. No way in Hades that I intend to go riding in this weather...
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