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Title: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Urban Monk 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.

Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Drey6 on Mar 08, 2017, 20:45:15
Appliance epoxy


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Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Jewbacca on Mar 09, 2017, 00:04:25
Plasti-dip.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: The Limey 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.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Supergyro 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.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: VonYinzer 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.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: cbrianroll 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
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: o1marc on Mar 09, 2017, 19:01:19
I charge between $15 and $20 for a bike shock spring. Any single stage color.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: cyclefreak on Mar 10, 2017, 02:30:35
Plasti-dip
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Urban Monk 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!
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: esmoojee on Mar 11, 2017, 15:48:22
VHT epoxy paint. It's a self primer as well. Advance auto has it for $8.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: willybo on May 15, 2017, 08:07:03
Any rattle can engine paint will work also. Just prep your springs really well.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: o1marc 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.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: canyoncarver 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.
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: diggerdanh on Jun 28, 2017, 10:24:07
Ha.. owning "all the tools" is one of my life goals.

Yup!
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: firebane on Jun 28, 2017, 13:09:29
This stuff is really tough and I use it a lot on stuff I want to withstand to crap
https://duplicolor.com/product/hi-build-fleet-coating
Title: Re: Paint for shock springs?
Post by: Urban Monk on Jul 12, 2017, 20:12:39
This stuff is really tough and I use it a lot on stuff I want to withstand to crap
https://duplicolor.com/product/hi-build-fleet-coating

Thanks! I'll see if I can find at Orchard or one of the local auto parts stores.