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Old 12-10-2009, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting ready to do some painting on my bike and I am not sure what type of pint to use. I will be painting some small parts the will not get hot but I would like to use a paint that is durable. I hit up my local home depot and and asked the guy behind the counter, he told me that the paints are basically the same. What is the differance between the 2 paints. I am looking to use paints out of a can because i dont want to mix up paints and dont have access to an air compressor. Can anyone help me out? I will be painting some brackets, metal supports, frame parts...

Rustoleum enamel
krylon epoxy

No matter what type I end up using I will want to spray a clear coat.
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Based only on my experience and nothing else, I've found that epoxy paints which are not 2-part to begin with (requiring measuring and mixing prior to application) not not any better than standard enamel paint.

What I can tell you is that if you plan of doing clear coat, which you should, buy your paint as a complete solution. Don't buy one brand of paint and then go buy clear coat. Buy primer, paint and clear coat at the same time and check for solvent compatibility between them all before buying any one. Sometimes a person will buy and apply paint only to find that there is no clear coat that is compatible with it. Rustoleum used special solvents (which make it smell great, I'll add) but being non-standard you may have trouble finding a good clear coat to use with it.

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Epoxy paints are very durable as far as wear and fading.
The up and down side is that they are very hard shell.
They can withstand bumps that some enamels can't.

The down side is that when chipped with a rock, the chip will spider crack,
similar to a windshield and repairing is almost impossible.
It will, many times, even chip away at the cracks.
It generally requires sanding down and repainting.

Epoxy enamels are good for locations where you're not going to have
rocks flying up off the road at speed and hitting the surface

If laid down correctly, a good quality enamel paint is plenty durable enough
for most street vehicle applications.
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acrylic enamel in a can is what i use and is clear cloat compatable.resists fading and chipping.
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Thank you very much!!! That is a great answer to my question>>>
for example...
Gas tank = Epoxy
Wheel rims = Enamel
(no matter what, all same brand...primer, paint, clear coat)
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try duplicolor ,its at most auto parts stores or check the website for applications.
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Use enamel with a hardener for it. It holds up very well. Even cheap enamel shines better, and it alot more durable with hardener in it. I painted a couple bikes and a car with cheap ($20 per gallon) farm impliment enamel and they sook good after years of use. PD
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I finished the job using a spray paint can from home depot, epoxy appliance paint. It turned out really good, we will see how long it lasts.
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The rims and forks turned out so well I am going to paint my gas tank the same way. I bought the bike with a small dent in the tank so I plan to bondo the dent and repaint. Any thoughts on how gas spillage can effect the epoxy paint?
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