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Author Topic: Paint for shock springs?  (Read 980 times)

Offline Urban Monk

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Paint for shock springs?
« on: Mar 08, 2017, 20:37:07 »
Does anyone have a suggestion for rattle can paint that is flexible enough to use on shock springs? Powder coating doesn't fit my budget. I searched and didn't find anything. Thanks in advance.

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Offline Drey6

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 08, 2017, 20:45:15 »
Appliance epoxy


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Offline Jewbacca

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 09, 2017, 00:04:25 »
Plasti-dip.
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Offline The Limey

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #3 on: Mar 09, 2017, 04:42:43 »
Slide a length of electricians heat shrink sleeving over it and go at it with a hot air gun.  It won't ever chip or flake and comes in a variety of colours, is easy, and very cheap.
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.

Offline Supergyro

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 09, 2017, 12:00:01 »
From my admittedly limited experience, if the spring gets roughed up or blasted properly, even rattle can paint can cling without cracking. On my project bike the PO had painted the stock chrome rear shocks a disgusting rattle can blue, and I'll be darned if that nasty paint didn't hold up... Now it still has the issue of lack of chip resistance, so it's obviously an inferior option, but I would venture a guess that an epoxy paint or other durable coating will hold up alright on your shocks.
But I have been wrong in my guesses before, and surely will be again.

Offline VonYinzer

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 09, 2017, 12:42:30 »
Appliance epoxy


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This works great for black. Have you asked around for prices on PC yet? For just some springs I'd bet you could get it done for next to nothing.
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Offline cbrianroll

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #6 on: Mar 09, 2017, 12:59:13 »
That's where the harbor freight pc gun comes in handy, and a cheap toaster oven or oven in the shop. I do all my small parts with it and it's better than paint imo

Offline o1marc

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #7 on: Mar 09, 2017, 19:01:19 »
I charge between $15 and $20 for a bike shock spring. Any single stage color.

Offline cyclefreak

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #8 on: Mar 10, 2017, 02:30:35 »
Plasti-dip
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Offline Urban Monk

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #9 on: Mar 11, 2017, 08:07:18 »
Thanks to all for the suggestions. Looks like I've got options to explore. I set my mind to doing this project on a reasonable budget (mostly for the challenge of it) and I'm trying to keep from owning every tool ever conceived (too much clutter). Since shocks are easily removed I feel it is one area where I can afford to experiment with the cheap option and redo later if it fails. I'll explore Plasti-dip color options as well as appliance paint. The stock black color on them now is in ok shape. I was hoping to add a little color, provided something tasteful is available.  Thanks!
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Offline esmoojee

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #10 on: Mar 11, 2017, 15:48:22 »
VHT epoxy paint. It's a self primer as well. Advance auto has it for $8.

Offline willybo

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2017, 08:07:03 »
Any rattle can engine paint will work also. Just prep your springs really well.

Offline o1marc

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #12 on: Jun 27, 2017, 17:06:10 »
I've never seen anything that was spray PlastiDipped look good after 30 days. It's a good thing it is "semi" easy to remove.

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #13 on: Jun 27, 2017, 20:22:41 »
.....trying to keep from owning every tool ever conceived (too much clutter).

Ha.. owning "all the tools" is one of my life goals.
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Offline diggerdanh

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Re: Paint for shock springs?
« Reply #14 on: Jun 28, 2017, 10:24:07 »
Ha.. owning "all the tools" is one of my life goals.

Yup!