Not necessarily retro, mods stick it in general if so.
I'm starting this thread as more of a general hints and tips for home spraying thread than a bike resto thread. Hopefully we can share knowledge of paint tips, equip and technique.
I bought a compressor off Ebay that came with a few bits n bobs.
It's this one:http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/produ ... C-tiger+44
It came with one of these:http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/produ ... C=SRC-hvlp
Having never used one before to my eye's it seems just fine. Bloody loud when the pump kicks in, scares the hell out of you when concentrating on a spray.
I had a quick spray with water through the gun to get a feel for the shape of the spray.
This is my test bike:
The lacquer is rough and it has a few scratches:
The DMR Sidekick forks are (bloody heavy!) and kind of a lacquered ano green. I still have to learn about finishes.
From what I've read preparation is everything. I spend an hour sanding the sanding the frame to remove some lacquer with 400 grit wet n dry. This was taking ages so I bought some paint stripper:
Cheapest I could get from Homebase, £10
This stuff worked a treat, was quicker on the frame having scuffed the lacquer with the 400 grit. The forks took a while longer as the lacquer was in good condition. It work though, peeling the paint off like a skin.
I scrubbed at it with a stiff plastic brush then washed it off with a brillo pad and the hose. The brillo worked well around the welds.
I missed taking pics! I then sanded the frame with 600 wet n dry to key for the primer, I didn't know what type of primer I had whether it was etching or not, it came with the compressor. The frame didn't have any deep scratches, the others sanded out well enough, for a test bike.
The forks, post paint stripper, before final bare metal sanding. The ano? coat came off with the brillo pad:
Next I decided I'd paint forks, frame and bars. Red, I had some red that came with the kit...