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Old 07-06-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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$50 DIY Paint Job

There are a few guys on this board that paint bikes and do a fantastic job for a fairly reasonable price. Some top notch, professional looking paint jobs for sure.

But some of us are just looking for something a bit cheaper that looks decent/good. Sooo, I stumbled upon a thread on another board that mentioned a 50 dollar paint job. Some guy paints his cars using this method and the results are pretty fantastic IMO. There are pros/cons to all methods, but for me, this was perfect!


http://www.rickwrench.com/50dollarpaint.html

Link to the thread he references: http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/...0&fpart=1&vc=1



Basically it's Rustoleum paint, thinned out with mineral spirits. Thin coats applied with a high density foam roller brush. Some sanding in between coats and TADA! Buff/Polish to finish.

I didn't bother to polish/buff as I was completely satisfied with the results. The paint self levels when thinned properly with the mineral spirits. No roller brush marks.

My goal was something cheap that would pass the 20/20 rule. It only had to look good from 20 feet or at 20mph.


Before: Primer
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In progress shots:
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The result, unbuffed/unpolished.
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I couldn't have been more happy (and freaking shocked!!) by the results.








One year later and the paint has held up, once again, better than expected.
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The guy painted his car for 50 bucks.. that will buy enough supplies to do 2 or 3 or 4 bikes. Put your pennies together and it's a steal.

Colors are fairly limited if you follow the exact rustoleum path, but i'm sure there are similar paints out there to experiment with.
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nicee. just spent 110 bucks on paint supplies yesterday
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Should powdercoat your rims gold deal2
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Nahh.. Not a fan of gold tones. I'd like to do something about the forks and calipers.
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very nice man. bike turned out good
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Looks awesome, you obviously took your time prepping. Very very nice!
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I'm reading the moparts thread now. I have a car in the garage that badly needs paint, and a truck in the driveway that could probably use it. I'm getting an education here.

You have any closeup shots of how it came out?
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How would the quality of this paint job versus a spray painted paint job?
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How would the quality of this paint job versus a spray painted paint job?
Quality of what specifically?
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Quality of how it looks and holds up to time and wear.
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Oh, well I thought that's what I had answered in this thread. Check out the links for in-depth details.
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How would the quality of this paint job versus a spray painted paint job?
I started to jump in here and explain the differences between a "base coat/clear coat", properly applied automotive paint job and using a roller to apply Rustoleum.
But I decided if somebody is foolish enough to paint their car with a roller... it'll be funnier that way, so press on.
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I started to jump in here and explain the differences between a "base coat/clear coat", properly applied automotive paint job and using a roller to apply Rustoleum.
But I decided if somebody is foolish enough to paint their car with a roller... it'll be funnier that way, so press on.
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if somebody is foolish enough to paint their car with a roller... it'll be funnier that way, so press on.
well if you follow the links, that is exactly what someone did...and it turned out pretty awesome. he has pics of it when it was done and three years later...it still looks awesome. nothing funny about it.

so...where were you trying to go with that???
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I was going to the place where roller paint jobs will look poor next to a proper paintjob.
I think the OP's bike looks very nice. Many track bikes look much worse.

BUT, if he spent $300 on materials and had the paint applied by an experienced painter it would look better.
Now multiply that by 10 when you paint a car. Sure, in the internet world, some pics of a car look great.
In the real world, not so much. The only way it would even be possible to paint a whole car with a roller and have it look halfway decent would be, to put in 10 times the work sanding and polishing. Then you might do OK but... by the end the money you saved wouldn't be worth it.
So, what would be the point?
It's like building a house out of matchsticks. It can be done and just as sturdy and nice as a regular house but in the end... it aint gonna cut it or we would all do it.
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