MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

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MY "TEN SPEEDS"  

HAND PAINTING - INTRO

REMOVING OLD PAINT

PAINTING WITH A BRUSH

APPLYING THE PAINT

SURFACE LOOKS AWFUL

LOOKING BETTER

PAINTING LUGS

 

STARTING TO LOOK A BIT BETTER

Leave the first coat to dry for about two days.  You want to be sure that the paint is dry enough to sand without the paint wanting to ball up on the sand paper as you do so.  Be assured that you will have to sand the painted surface between each color coat.  You will also be granted an opportunity to sand the last color coat if you intend to apply a clear coat.  The trick with sanding is to go slow, inspect every couple of strokes and avoid sanding completely through the color coat just applied.

I use number 400 - 600 wet and dry paper to dry sand the entire painted surface, paying extra attention to trapped debris, paint runs and holidays.  Holidays are missed spots and are addressed a bit differently than paint runs and trapped debris.

Runs and debris are carefully sanded smooth with the surrounding painted surface.  Great care must be taken to avoid sanding all the way through the thinner paint surrounding the trapped debris or run.  Take a couple of sanding strokes, look and feel the results and repeat until you see and feel an even surface.  If you do happen to sand through the color coat, do not get all upset.  It can be fixed with subsequent color coats.

Holidays are actual depressions in the color coat and should be considered when sanding the surfaces between coats of paint.  In the case of the holiday, the area surrounding the missed spot needs to be thinned out.  In other words, sand around the holiday, inspecting and feeling frequently until a fairly even surface results.

Once the entire frame and fork set has been carefully inspected and sanded smooth, wipe it down very carefully with your tack rag.  Blow out the nooks and crannies and then repeat a couple of more times.  There will be less debris to deal with but there will be debris and you want to rid your project of as much debris as you can before applying any more coats of paint.  Trapped debris is very noticeable and will detract from the final appearance of the paint job.  You can get away with a run or two but not a trapped debris.  The debris is just too noticeable.

As you apply the second color coat you will not be tempted to apply the paint as thickly as you did when first coating.  The paint will cover much better but there will still be thin spots where the primer will show through.  This is more of a problem with lighter colors than it is with darker ones.  The white used to paint the PX10 frame and fork set is very difficult to apply when compared to red, blue or any other darker color for that matter.

You will also notice that you seem to be applying the paint better and this is to be expected.  You have already had some practice, improving your paint application skills.  You will have learned from mistakes that you made with your first coat.  And the results will show.  In fact, about fifteen minutes after you finish applying the second coat, your confidence that you can actually do this will begin to settle in.  The paint will look really smooth, shiny and even.  Well, perhaps not even just yet if you are working with the lighter colors.

Again, let the paint dry for a couple of days, inspect, sand, clean and repeat the painting process.  With the third coat applied, you will likely be tempted to quit.  Your results will look pretty good and you will not want to go to the trouble of doing it all again.  But I strongly recommend that you apply a last coat even though the one you just completed looks pretty darn good.  The last thing that you want to do is apply the second color, if any, or art only to find out that you can still see through the color.

Once you think you are finished applying the color coats, take the frame and fork set outside in the light of day.  The bright sunlight will help you see blemishes, runs or holidays that you could not see indoors.  If the painted surface looks really good under sunlight, you are finished and ready for the next step in painting a bicycle by hand.  Applying the second color and/or art work.

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