Paint question.

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  1. sojudave

    sojudave New Member

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    If I were to put some red paint over a black primer, will it come out darker than if I put the same red paint over gray primer? Or does it even matter. I am thinking of doing a paint job with red that has a dark, smokey, cherry look and metal flake. Also, do you guys think that chrome would go with this or gold plate? I think that if I were to go with that red color, the bike would look better with black rims and spokes, and gold plated parts.
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I will only say that properly applied, it doesn't matter what primer is used.
     
  3. sojudave

    sojudave New Member

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    so would a layer of black paint under the red make that dark look, that I'm gunning for?
     
  4. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Not unless you layer the paint very thinly and very evenly...better to go with the color you want. You can get custom mixed colors in spray cans at a lot of auto parts store. Check with Sherwin Williams paint stores too.
     
  5. DAVID02895

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    It will be slightly darker over black primer. I do auto body and use 7 different sealers and every color calls for a certian sealer for that reason. The best thing for you would be to put down a gold base and go over it with candy red. It will give you the color you want plus the more coats of candy,the deeper the red gets. I am working on a chopper that I will be painting this color with large metal flake in it.
     
  6. a_dam

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    I agree with Bikeguy Joe AND DAVID02895. Normally you would just pick the color you want and not try to affect the darkness by using a dark undercoat. With an opaque paint, 3 coats would probably totally hide any undercoat; white, black... the difference wouldn't be perceptable. But you said "cherry look and metal flake". A metal flake paint won't be opaque (or you wouldn't see the flake). So the base coat will matter.
    DAVID02895's suggestion sounds good, candy red over gold. A darker gold, like bronze, might give a nice dark effect.
    I think the darker you get the red, the better the gold plated parts will work with it.
     
  7. knucklepanshovel

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    are you refering to real gold plating? I do not recomend for anything used regularily It will look horible after a while.

    the primer will affect the tint of the color

    my favorite was using a candy blue over a black base to give a purple shade that no one could duplicate for my old customs.

    use the gold metal flake in the clear or in a medium over the paint & for a contrast think about red flakes & gold flakes? there are many shades of flakes you can put in the clears.

    I am old school but I like black rims, black hubs with stainless spokes & a stainless disc would look good

    now as for gold plating? think about bars, seat post, clamps, I would go mostly black with gold bolts or chrome or stainless bolts... take stainless bolts grind the proof markings off the head & polish on a buffer. no rust & look like chrome.

    Later,
    Randy
     
  8. DAVID02895

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    Gold plating isn't durable. I have a gold plating machine. It looks good for a little while then it wears off. Are you going to use spray paint or real auto paint? I don't think there are too much options when using spray paint. There is candy red though. In the hobby section in Walmart.
     
  9. sojudave

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    Well fellas, i've been thinking about it, and I've decided to save the red for another day. When I get the bike and kit and all that. I will probably go with a lime green and metal flake with a white base coat. White vinyl banana seat, tall sissy bar, and chrome parts. In the older school of choppers and bobbers, green is considered a jinx. Oh well.
     
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    I got a real spayer with a turbine, instead of a compressor. So this will be the first time I won't be using a rattle can.
     

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