I left a silver stripe down the side; unfortunately, the paint bled slightly into it, and in the end, I think I would have preferred it to be solid red, but oh well! I painted the spokes, leaving a star pattern in the center – in the end, I also didn’t really like the star pattern, but I didn’t want to take the wheel apart just to paint the hub red, and leaving it blue wasn’t an option
I also painted Louise’s new rim:
I rode the 20 at lunch today, and unfortunately, the clear coat isn’t too strong, and it has already suffered some nicks and scratches.
I used a high quality automotive clear coat; I may have not let it dry enough (about 1.5 full days), and it has already chipped in a few spots where i dropped it down (hard) while practicing coasting at lunch today.
My spray paint job for my coker frame chipped off really easily, even with cheap spray paint clear coat. I was hoping the auto clear coat would be better, and I think it is…but we’ll see how it holds up on my trials and muni.
That’s true, powder coating is stronger! it is a baked on finish. I don’t think you can get quite the same look as a spray color; ie – the metallic luminance isn’t possible with powder coating, and you’d still have to clear coat it to get it to look shiny.
I do my powdercoating myself. I just got an old electric oven with a bottom and top oven, this is nice because I can be heating up one part while another is baking.
Its pretty fun to do, however there is alot of trial an error and I still have iffy results.
I think I have spent about $120.00 or so and now have everthing I need and about 10 colors. Without a few usefull machine shop type tools powder coating would prove very dificult. Anyway, its quite the fun saturday activity.