I strongly recommend using Plasti Dip. Just in case you don't like the outcome you could always rip it off or go with another color.I want something similar, but in a darker gold. And upon thinking, I don't want the sparkle flakes as they seem to be not as long lasting as straight up solid color. Gonna check out the local O'Reilly to see what they have
As long as the surface is roughed up, that should be good enough.One question. How much should I sand down my fork though? I have sanded off most of the old clear coat, but I don't think I have hit the carbon layer yet because the dust coming off is still white, and I'm assuming it's white because due to a bit of clear coat left? Is that enough sanding? or should I sand it down until some black dust start to come off? I don't want to over sand it, just enough to get the pain to stick
thanks for the tips! This will be a leisurely project so i will take my time. Hopefully it will turn out better than my last painting project!As long as the surface is roughed up, that should be good enough.
Hang the fork when you paint it. Pay special attention to inside curves, which can be hard to get good coverage on.
Use multiple thin coats. Wet sanding between primer and paint will improve results.
You might consider setting the fork in direct sun for a couple of days after painting to cure it fully. Or you can use your oven if you dare, which can give a very good hard finish on enamel (which I assume you are using).
No matter what you do it won't be factory tough, but proper curing will help. And touch ups will be easy since you will have the paint.
damn that's turned out nicely.Done right, rattle can paint jobs can turn out really nice. I'll add just one point to QuiQuaeQuod's - don't get too close (paint will run) and don't pull back too far (paint will dry before it lands). Read the instructions - most likely 10"
For a factory-look, treat it like the paint on your car... wet sand then polish with a buffer (also multi-step). Definitely a lot of work for a fork. But, as you said - it's a leisurely project. Should be fun.
A rattle can paint job done in the driveway:
Being a Klein, the paint on this bike was amazing from the factory. But 20+ years later, it had dulled a bit. So, I did a 4-stage (cut, swirl, polish, seal) paint "correction" to it using the same tools and chemicals I use on my cars. Admittedly, it was a bit over the top... but it was fun.
the instructions on the can say that i can wait 10-15 min before applying another coat of paint. And after 10-15 window, then I must wait 24 hr before i can recoat. However, last time I did this and waited 10-15 minutes before applying each of the some 3-4 coats, I got the runs. Maybe I was painting closer than the 8-10 inches distance? But this time i'll keep this in mind.Do take your time, what your described in regards to sanding is fine. All you need is a rough surface for the paint to adhere/bond to.
After the primer coat, lightly wet sand, wipe down and air dry. In between each coat wet sand the surface lightly... keep repeating this process until you reached the desired number of coats. each coat should be completely dry before re-coating, read the instructions on the can.
Before you apply the clear coat be sure all paint is dry and hardened, can take up to 2 weeks depending on the brand of and type of paint... so again read the cans instructions... both the paint and clear-coat.
Have fun with it and post picture when your done.