1. Supercharger

    Supercharger New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Spray Paint or Spray gun? whats the best to use?

    Thanks

    Cameron
     
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  2. squirrel

    squirrel New Member

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    What type of equipment do you have? Air compressor? If so do you have a paint gun? Where will you be painting? Indoors? Outside?
    My advice would be to focus on proper technique.
    You can get good results with a spray can if you take your time and spray light coats. Make sure to let each coat dry . Lightly sand with superfine sand paper. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth doused in rubbing alcohol. Let dry,then spray the next coat.
    Repeat as necessary.
    Good luck!
     
  3. Supercharger

    Supercharger New Member

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    Thanks for the response squirrel, I have all the painting tools eg compressor , paint guns, I will most likely be painting out doors. Although the idea of dust makes me want to paint indoors, I guess my real question is what will come up with the best result?? Air compressed or spray canned

    Thanks :)
    Cameron
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  4. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Best results, probably the paint gun. On the other hand you can get very nice results with a spray can providing you use quality paint and as pointed out above, take your time with good technique. I've done both and prefer a spray can since it is a small job compared to painting a car. I like Van Sickles Tractor Paint as it is durable, covers well and looks good.
    No matter what you are going to foul up the paint job during assembly and later on through regular use so a great paint job is something that doesn't last forever and will require touching up later on. That's one of the main reasons I like spray cans, the ease in touching up.
    Good luck and have fun.
    SB
     
  5. NunyaBidness

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    When I eventually have something to paint I will have to do it outside. I'll just build a cheap paint booth outside. A light weight frame covered in plastic sheets. Doesn't hafta be big, just enough room to stand in and move around what ever I'm painting. I'll even lay a sheet of thick plastic on the ground so my paint booth will have a floor.
     
  6. chainmaker

    chainmaker New Member

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    Powdercoat, Gun/airbrush, then can, for Me anyways. An airbrush is good if you got one, fine sparay path not alot of wasted paint, plus you can use it to get in the nooks. There is a tutorial by Graucho on another site let me try to dig it up.
     
  7. thegnu

    thegnu New Member

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    I have seen fantastic results from both spray can an paint guns Supercharger seems to me you have some experience with both ? use which ever your most comfortable with / or cost effective .
    Gary
     
  8. 2door

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    I concur with the post above. Depending on surface prep and experience, you can get a great paint job with either method. That said, I wouldn't try to paint a car with rattle cans but a bike is a different animal.
    Use what you feel you're more experienced with and can do the best job with.

    Tom
     
  9. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    I concur with 'powder coat'... it's cheap, easy & bullet proof. (^)

    Also... I've seen a few Harleys that had some pretty nice custom paint jobs & I was shocked when they told me they did it all with rattle cans! :eek:
     
  10. ckangaroo70

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    I have seen great paint jobs done using either and I have seen bad using either. Nice thing about using rattle cans for small stuff is the fact that it is easier later to go back and do touch ups. One of my other hobbies is rebuilding and restoring 1963-69 John Deere 110 garden tractors and implements. I use rattle cans on mine and like anything...results tend to get better with experience. Like Tom said...I would not want to paint a car with a rattle can, but stuff with fairly small surface areas can be done ok if you know what you are doing. I like using a good implement paint tot paint with and in fact I have considered my next build being done in John Deere green and yellow.LOL.
     

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    I'm really lazy, so I sprayed my bike with flat black bbq paint and I cover up scratches with electrical tape. I didnt even take my motor off, just painted that too.
     
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    Anybody use bedliner paint? I did the running/nurf bars on my truck and that's some tough stuff. The downfall is its rough.
     
  13. khcarver1

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    Any recommend the best paint for this job if I'm using a spray gun?!
     
  14. thegnu

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    4jkeller , look into a product called raptor liner much smoother just as durable , khcarver1 use what your comfortable with or the best you can find in your area theres too many makers of paints to give you a good answer on that 1 .
    Gary
     

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