I finally finished (almost, still waiting on a head-badge decal and Pinhead Locks) my Panther Pink Affinity Lo-Pro. What I thought would take me only a week or two at the most turned into a month. This isn’t the first bike I’ve painted, but it was one of the most challenging paint jobs I’ve done.
This is a rattle can paint job. Over the years I have mastered using spray paint to achieve a very close looking professional paint job. I usually go with automotive primers, paint, and clear. But, with the cost of MOPAR Panther Pink paint being around thirty bucks a can, I was forced to go a different route.
When doing a rattle can job, it’s very important to use the same brand from beginning to end. I went with a Montana Black and Gold paints. They have a matching panther pink paint and were fairly inexpensive. About seven to ten dollars a can. They are also used a lot by graffiti artists, so they don’t fade, hold up to elements, and spray matte colored (This speeds up drying time and you will less likely have runs).
A good rattle can paint job, takes patience. You have to make sure your surface is prepped properly. That means strip the paint and clean the surface. On a steel frame you will want to strip and prime in the same day. The few aluminum frames I’ve painted you can wait over night to start painting, When I start to paint, I do two to three light coats, let dry for a few hours, repeat until I am happy with the result. Then I let it sit 24 to 48 hours, wet sand, put a few more coats on, and repeat. I do this process from primer to gloss. It can take up to a week, if you do it correctly and don’t have any hiccups.
After finishing your paint job, always let the paint sit for a three to four days, before reassembling. I let this bike sit for over a week, before rebuilding. I also had a few setbacks, like kicking my fork over and having to repair a few spots, and finding an area on the frame, where the paint stripper didn’t get completely washed away. But, in the end, these setbacks, made the paint job, that much better.
This is just a brief over-view of my process. You can easily search forums or You Tube for how tos, that go way more into depth.