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Looking for some Helpful painting tips

I'm repainting my bike and I looking for some tips one prep work. I know
i have to sand down a little before i repaint. is it better to use
steel wool then sand paper? i know with using sand paper by hand you
risk getting finger impressions or something, or you have to get a soft
sanding block for the paper. but wouldn't steel wool be better cuz it
comforms better to curves, especially the curves on a bike tank and
fenders
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A sponge can be used as a sanding block. You can degloss with a Scotchbrite pad. I don't recommend steel wool as fibers can be left behind and spoil the finish later. What type of paint will you be using and how will it be applied?

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I'm repainting my bike and I looking for some tips one prep work. I know
i have to sand down a little before i repaint. is it better to use
steel wool then sand paper? i know with using sand paper by hand you
risk getting finger impressions or something, or you have to get a soft
sanding block for the paper. but wouldn't steel wool be better cuz it
comforms better to curves, especially the curves on a bike tank and
fenders
Use a 320-400 grit soft sanding block or a sponge pad with sand paper and get a couple grey and red scotch-brite pads. you can get them at Home Depot or Lowes or a automotive paint supply store. You will also need to get a small can of wax and grease remover, before you paint wipe down with wax and grease remover and dry with a lint free towl. Use a blue tack-rag to remove any dust, lint or dirt and then paint. Fluff the tack-rag into a ball and LIGHTLY wipe the surface. DO NOT apply pressure or you will transfer the tacky stuff to the surface and will have to clean again.


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I'm planning on doing all the prep work myself. I wasn't gonna use the steel wool to sand, i was using a sanding sponge for that. I was just thinking of using the steel wool to scuff the paint. I actually just finished using the heat gun to take up the pinstripes, and ending up in the process peeling up most of the paint on the tank. I didn't realize this but the colour of the egg on the side off the tank is on the whole tank and then the other colour is painted over that, so the main part is really heavy paint. I have do some bondo repair on a couple dents on the tank.
I'm going with flat black, and i have talked to a couple of painters and they want like 200 buck which seems kinda high considering that MAACO did an okay job on my bosses trucks for 800. I was thinking bout doing rattle can, but since i am doing flat i know i need a clear coat to protect against gas spills and other stuff, but i cant find a flat clear coat, i came across a matte finish, but i don't think thats flat enough.
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Good luck finding a clear that will withstand gasoline.

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The prep work is like 80 or 90% of the job, so the better the prep, the better the end result. Take your time through all the prepping so the paint will turn out well. We have a couple guys here who do or were painters by trade, but I'll be dammed if I can remember their names now, I think "dragon159" is one of them, but I'm not sure...

Anyway, take some pics of the finished job.
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What do you recommend for protection from gas?
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Good luck finding a clear that will withstand gasoline.

You mean like this one?:
http://www.paintforcars.com/clearcoats_aecc2.html

or this one:
http://www.jeffscycles.com/Jeff_ClearCoat.asp

or this one:
http://www.armorauto.com/product/view/armorcoat/


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I'm planning on doing all the prep work myself. I wasn't gonna use the steel wool to sand, i was using a sanding sponge for that. I was just thinking of using the steel wool to scuff the paint. I actually just finished using the heat gun to take up the pinstripes, and ending up in the process peeling up most of the paint on the tank. I didn't realize this but the colour of the egg on the side off the tank is on the whole tank and then the other colour is painted over that, so the main part is really heavy paint. I have do some bondo repair on a couple dents on the tank.
I'm going with flat black, and i have talked to a couple of painters and they want like 200 buck which seems kinda high considering that MAACO did an okay job on my bosses trucks for 800. I was thinking bout doing rattle can, but since i am doing flat i know i need a clear coat to protect against gas spills and other stuff, but i cant find a flat clear coat, i came across a matte finish, but i don't think thats flat enough.
As far as price you get what you pay for, I painted my own bike and the materials were over $500.00. I used epoxy primer, epooxy sealer, urethane base coat, urethane pearl coat and urethane clearcoat. If you can get a professional painter to do it for $200.00 then go for it. You will want to go with a low luster, satin or matte finish, you will not be happy with flat black over time. Do it once and do it right


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CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
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For a cheap durable finish I like Hammerite paint. I don't recall any flat or satins available from them though. The red I put on my old twin is unfazed by the occasional gas spill.

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