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No idea how hard wearing it will be, not as good as a professional one though.
I have all the original parts, except the seatpost (cut too short). Based on how well the frame came out I think I need to start polishing the origional parts!
I'm riding it next weekend Wold, I can't leave it to dry for too long!
Thanks, I've a frame that I can't justify the cost of a professional respray but being a bit of a perfectionist am in two minds about a can respray if though I can get a good finish and it can be hard wearing enough may consider giving it a go.
I think it cost me £81 for the paint, £14 for wet & dry (not used a fraction of it though). Decals were extra. The frame was already stripped so I didn't need any paint stripper. The forks were only rubbed down from existing paint and haven't come out as well as the frame.
I used a fan heater to warm the frame up before painting, between coats and when drying. Other wise at this time of year I think it's too cold and the lacquer can go cold, I've been told that it makes the paint dry harder too.
I think it works out better to pay someone to do it!
If you use decent aerosols from a paint shop rather than Halfords you get a much better finish. The paint and lacquer could really be put on a lot thicker to get a decent finish. Halfords lacquer is hard to get right. They sell safe stuff that the public can use, if you use a decent mask and face shield you can get a much better finish with decent paint.
In all honesty, the paint is good but it's Gil's decals that make it.
I finished it at work at 6am (finished at 11pm) 12 hours later it's still marking from touch!
I'll post some pictures of it with the lacquer on when it's dry.