Last summer, I rattle can painted my 1993 Rocky Mountain Equipe. It looked pretty good initially, but in just over year, it had way too many chips. So I decided to experiment with brushing on regular household paint. I figured it would be a lot tougher finish than the rattle can paint.
I used Tremclad rust paint. After stripping the frame, I put on two coats of grey primer. I sanded the primer to remove the brush marks. Then I brushed on 4-5 coats of flat black. After that dried, I put on one coat of red. I did not sand the black paint prior to putting on the red. I wanted to get a unique pattern when I did the final sanding.
Once the paint had fully dried, 3-4 hours of sanding, couple coats of Krylon satin clear, ended up with this:
I think it turned out pretty nicely. Only time will tell how tough this finish is compared to rattle cans.