Painting My Tank Questions

johnu

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That's the same paint I used for the gold on my MB5, worked out great. Was the only gold I could find in a spray can that appealed to me. A lot of the others were either fairly harsh looking or really dull gold.
Yes exactly. I had some high temp gold that I really liked but didn't want to use that on the tank. I was trying to match the gold to my rims.
 

johnu

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D'oh! I forgot, I used pinstripe tape on my trackbike. Didn't bother clearing it though. The only issue I had was the tap shrunk a little and one fo the corners revealed some white on the wrong side. No biggie, I cut out the shrunk section and put new stuff over it. Overlapped the ends, no one notices anyway.





So yeah, I guess on a track bike I can safely say I'd just lay down some pinstriping tape and call it good.
I want that Aprillia, awesome bike:)
 

johnu

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So next question, should I sand the gold at all before I do the black. If so, wet or dry sand and what grade?
 

Maritime

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A light wet sand for toothe and to kill any orange peel might be ok but some metallics dont like sanding
 

johnu

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I got the black on today and it is partly ok and partly not! I have had good luck with rattle can paint before getting a smooth glass like finish but this finish has orange peel like I've not experienced before. The good news is the lines came out nice and even with a crisp edge. I did 1/4" lines but it probably would have been better with 3/16" but it's not a big deal. I have gold BSA decals to place on both sides before clearcoat.
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HerrDeacon

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If the black is not metallic you can wet-sand it to smooth out the bumps prior to clear coating. I wet-sand after every stage with mine.

Really liking it so far, nice work.
 

johnu

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Thanks. It is not metallic. What is the procedure for wet sanding, I've never done it before. I only put two light coats of black on then one heavy coat. I didn't want to get to much build up arounf the tape.
 

johnu

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Ok so just asking a question which might be stupid but here goes. Could I clearcoat over the black as it is with the orange peel and then sand the clear to get a smooth finish or will the orange peel still show through? I ask this because it will be difficult to sand the black without sanding the gold stripe also.
 

irk miller

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You can. Sometimes, the orange peel will still be visually prevalent through the clear, but that is usually with metallic. You'll get a nice smooth outer surface, if you wet sand and polish though. Good chance a black won't give you too much reflective variation, so should show just what the clear is on the outside,. I hope this all makes sense.
 

johnu

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Ok, I couldn't stand it so I sanded with 600. Now ready to be re sprayed with black. I'm going for a different black this time, going to use the same kind as the gold as it sprayed really nice.
 

johnu

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Attempt number two, not perfect but much better. Let it cure for a few days put decals on then shoot with the 2k clear.
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johnu

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Ready for clear. Got some finger prints on the paint when I was applying the decals, what should I clean them off with prior to clear coat?
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pidjones

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Whatever you use, you should test in the tunnel first. I would suggest dish washing soap and distilled water followed by distilled water rinse first. Use a micro fiber for wiping. Extra caution around decal edges. Stubborn prints, try isopropyl alcohol on a microfiber towel.
 

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