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Old 11-28-2009, 04:10 PM
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Looking for Advice on Painting a Trackbike

Iím a trackday junkie looking to paint my trackbike. Iím posting here because out of all the sites I've visited you guys seem the most knowledgeable about bodywork and painting. Iíd love to do a WW1 or WW2 fighter plane scheme but realistically with my level of time, equipment and know-how Iíll probably being doing good to get down a presentable solid-color.

Trackbikes have an uncanny way of sliding on their sides so anything more that a rattle can job is considered 'nice'. As for equipment Iím limited to a Craftsman air compressor that only flows 4.9 SCFM at 40 PSIG. I have a two-car garage but itís unheated. I've got zero experience shooting auto paint.

I have only found one gun thatís rated low enough for my compressor - a conventional Buffalo at Home Depot. I was hopeful about the Dupli-Color Paint Shop system until I read the thread here.

Where Iím going with all this is, considering all my disadvantages above, do you guys think itís reasonable for me to be able to prep the fiberglass bodywork and steel gas tank myself so that a shop can shoot the color and clear? I may be able to keep the temperature in my garage above 60 degrees with a radiant heat lamp and a homemade paint booth built from PVC pipe and plastic sheets (and vented out the garage door).

I'd sure appreciate any suggestions and advice you may have.
Thank you, Mark.

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I say go for it, as long as you can keep the parts you are painting, have painted at around 60 degrees, and consider your health and saftey.
You really don't need to have the greatest gun in the world for shooting primer, it needs to be sanded anyways and a bit more forgiving when it comes to how perfect it has to be applyed then the finish paint.

A conventional with a large enough tip for the material your shooting, low air requirements for you compressor limitations, and some sort of system to catch moisture in the lines from blowing out into what your painting should be fine. Being as you are dealing with smaller surface area, the compressor won't have to keep air supply up as long as shooting a full car.
There is a lot of information to be found and past threads, and there are members here to help you if you get stuck along the way or have specific questions. We all have to start somewhere, and it really takes going for it to learn, even if you have some mistakes or redos along the way, and you would be the first to thread the path.

I would talk to some shops in your area, and talk about you doing some of the prep work. Many do not like to paint over someone elses work and put there name on the line. The shop may also give suggestions on what materials to use with what brand of paint they would be topcoating with. Although not absolutely neccessary, many like to stay within a paint line from primers to paint, since they are designed to work together and insure compatability.

Although he is not here often anymore, as far as painting a bike, the authority on that subject has got to be Jim C,(mrclean6). http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/members/mrcleanr6.html
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