Many thanks for all the help fellas.
I sanded down the frame/forks/bars with 1000 w&d.
Keeping it very wet and washing the paper often.
Washed off and then wiped down with panel wipe.
Lesson learned, get the primer coat smoother from the gun, sanding is time consuming, sanding is bad.
Will pick up some scotch pads. Can these be used instead of w&d, are then any better for round tubes?
Now I think I've messed up, with my paint mixing.
When I bought the kit the guy game me paints:
The primer said on he tin: 4:1 + 30%
I mixed 4 primer:1 primer hardener:30% thinner.The colour, not having any hardener, I didn't add any at all. Have I ballsed this right up?
I just mixed paint, with some thinners until it was very thin, about 3:1 I'd say.
So I had a go at spraying some colour, on the forks and the bars.
Again spraying outside, which is far from ideal. Lesson learned, if you think it isn't windy, you're wrong.
I added a quick release to the gun, apart from the quick release the coupling alows the gun to twist on the hose, £3 well spent.
I sprayed a fine mist of a coat and let it be for a few mins and then I spray around the awkward bits, drop outs, brake mounts, inside welds etc. with the gun patter set to spot.
After a few mins I then sprayed vertically with the pattern set to horizontal fan, trying to keep parallel to the target and overlapping on the up and down strokes. The paint went on brilliantly, I kept moving and got no runs. I gave it 10 mins between coats and did 3 full coats. It's looked really good.
It dried with a slight texture. Slight to the touch, the pics really highlight it, it looks better to the eye, the highlights and macro really show up the texture.
The finish is good and I'd be happy with it on a bike for a DIY job. Way better than I ever got out of a can. But this is my practice piece, trying to get a glass finish
So, question time:
My setup is far from ideal, is the outdoors just causing me too much grief?
Thinking about getting a spray tan tent for the garage.
I adjusted the air pressure at the gun control, it didn't seem to make much difference until it spluttered too low. Cheap gun maybe? Should I get an inline valve reg as I'm relying on the compressor set at 40 over the 10m hose, should the gun just put 10psi at the cap no matter what it's fed?
Colour coats. How many? Should I thin down more for final colour coats?
How can I polish/smooth this colour coat now? Is it possible or will I go straight through and need another colour?
I appreciate the help, as a give it a go guy, says a lot about this great forum that I wasn't told to get lessons/join a painting forum/take it to a pro...etc.
The latest pics: