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Paint recommendations...?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Related Discussions' started by Fast Eddie, Oct 11, 2019 at 11:52 AM.

  1. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

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    Chaps,

    I’m looking to paint some alloy components in satin black. I want a thin but tough coat and was hoping to use a ‘one coat’ type paint that requires no primer or undercoat. It’s not engine cases, so no need to be heat proof. Also not really practical to heat the parts to cure the paint either.

    So, any personal recommendations for an air drying, tough, one coat, satin black, rattle can paint, that will adhere well to aluminium?
     
  2. johnm

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    I just had a disaster using Plastikote Premium fast drying paint. They wash off with petrol and brake cleaner.

    I think their super enamel is stable but I’m not happy.
     
  3. johnm

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    This one. Had a week to dry and dissolved with petrol and brake clean
     

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  4. Fast Eddie

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    Blimey, thanks for sharing that John, I’ll certainly give that a miss !
     
  5. Danno

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    I like polyurethane. Goes on thin enough to resemble original stove enamel better than powder coat, which means it's fairly thin. Tough and resistant to solvents and gasoline. I must add I haven't used it on alloy. I think I would vapor blast any alloy to a matte finish to give the poly something to stick to. Getting it in a rattle can is possible as is epoxy, which is a little thicker and more readily available.
     
  6. gortnipper

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    I think using a primer might be best for adhesion. Why dont you want one?
     
  7. johnm

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    Just had a talk with their company rep. Definitely not suitable for use near solvents.

    My advice would be to stay away from the fast drying versions and be very careful with choice of rattle can paints. Ask specifically- maybe at the manufacturer advice address. I wouldn’t trust some guy in a shop.

    I’d do a test run first !
     
  8. Time Warp

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  9. Fast Eddie

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    Maybe you’re right, I just wanted to keep the coat thin and thought modern technology might, for once, have come up with something actually useful.

    Sadly, paints that disappear with a whiff of petrol aren’t really that useful for us motorbiking types!

    Back to the drawing board I guess...
     
  10. johnm

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    I have found one that the guys at Repco say will work but give me a week and I’ll be able to confirm
     
  11. Fast Eddie

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    Sounds interesting John, please keep us posted...
     
  12. oldbeezer

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  13. Bernhard

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    Wouldn’t recommend it, alloy always needs an alloy etching primer before next coat or paint will simply peel off . . . . eventually
     

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