Painting tank

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Freddie, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Freddie

    Freddie Guest

    I have a tank that I am almost done painting...I need some help
    regarding the final phases...

    What I have done so far:

    - primed with dura-color primer
    - put about 2 color coats of dura color, sanded heavily for consitency
    and smoothness
    - put another coat and had a few runs

    Today I will sand it again to remove runs and put a last color coat.
    Hopefully all will be ready for a clear. However, I have been getting
    mixed reviews. Some tell me to sand right before I put a clear on. Some
    tell me NOT to worry, as it is just for color coverage, so it does not
    matter if it is a little grainy. I am confused. I can see where it may
    be for color coverage. But maybe it is beneficial to get it smooth? I
    have 320, 400, 600, 800, and 1000 grit available. Please tell me what I
    would need to do after putting on my last coat of color up until it is
    done. As this is where I stand.

    I am intrested to hear your opinions especially those that have a good
    proven method with spray painting.

    Thanks for helping a fellow biker.
    Freddie, Jul 26, 2006
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  2. Freddie

    EggNChips Guest

    Definitely not an expert but the colour coat should not be sanded unless
    the curing time has been exceeded. The clear coat should be applied
    within a few hours of the base, if this has been extended you will need
    to re-key the base.
    EggNChips, Jul 28, 2006
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  3. Freddie

    Freddie Guest

    Thanks guys for the comments, once again I recieved, only one commentor
    stating I should sand, however, the most of you all said NO. So that is
    what I am going with. I have already applied the clearcoat, and will
    update with pictures when I have the end result. This is my first
    project. I definetely appreciate the input!
    Freddie, Jul 28, 2006
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