Frame Re-Spray Color Choices / Preferences?

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Frame Re-Spray Color Choices / Preferences?

Hello All,

I've had a 1998 Homegrown XT (Bass Boat Orange) for some time now.  Love the frame.  Never happy about the color.  I always wished it to be more Orange and less Brown.  It sometimes looked like Red in low light situations.  Anyway, I finally got the motivation to re-paint it.  The frame will be "Bass Boat" glittery, but the color is still an option.

I have already purchased the proper Blue flake to replicate the 1997 Factory Blue, but I am now leaning against doing a copy of something it is not.  I am actually leaning towards doing something unique (but still Bass Boat).  I considered buying Orange flake and doing a two-color paint (imagine a low-rider '64 Impala).  Instead I bought a cool green/gold flake.  I still haven't decided what color it will be, and could still change my mind during the spray-outs.

Any input on what a cool color choice would be is what I'm after here.  The frame is already 85% stripped, so no going back.

Thanks,

 

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That glitter looks pretty awesome. I don't know enough about the process-would you do it over a black base coat or what? I think that glitter with a white pearl (like the '98 2-tone paint jobs) would be pretty bitchin'. I didn't quite get bass boat in this one but maybe something like that?

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If  it isn't an original bassboat paint job just paint it whatever bassboat color you think looks cool. It's hard to  tell how it would look on the frame from looking at the color in a paint container. I personally like the 1997 bassboat metallic because it's BIG.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

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Stripping the original paint revealed they used a black base coat/primer with silver glitter on top of that.  The top clear coat was just tinted to be whatever color they wanted (blue, orange, red, green, gold, etc.).  

My plan is to apply a black base and then mix the glitter in clear and apply as many coats as needed to get the sparkle level I like.  Next apply decals and multiple clearcoats over that.  I have the large "Schwinn" downtube decals and made up some extra "S" decals for cups that I'll apply 1 to the top tube like the 97/98 BBBlue Factory frames.

I kicked around the idea of 100% Pearl White, but doing the middle section of the seat tube that way would be a nice touch.  I was wrong about aready getting the proper blue flake.  I was comparing it to the green last night and discovered that the blue I purchased has "holographic" in it that gets rainbow"y" in sunlight.

1997 Homegrown Factory XTR Hardtail 17"

1998 Homegrown XT Hardtail 17"

1999 Homegrown Pro Hardatail Gravel Conversion 19"

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Sounds like a plan. I'm no painter, but have applied new decals over original 1997 bassboat paint, touched up with areas with paint, and final clear coated over everything on a few of my bikes. The original bassboat paint is not smooth.

Wonder if  you might be better to apply a few coats of clear before you apply the decals and then clear coat again over top of the decals. Only suggest this because the metallic won't be smooth and the rougher texture may show in the decals. The clear would smooth the surface out and the decals may look better.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited

bikeric
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You make an excellent point on the smoothness over the glitter.  I might have to do clear layers to get the smoothness under the decals.  I'll see when I get there.

I bought some gold glitter on my lunch break.  I'm thinking two-tone green/gold similar to the red/gold Toyota Team combo from 98.  I decided against Pearl White since my stickers would be a base white.

Now I'm getting motivated to finish getting the old paint remnants off and into primer.

1997 Homegrown Factory XTR Hardtail 17"

1998 Homegrown XT Hardtail 17"

1999 Homegrown Pro Hardatail Gravel Conversion 19"

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Tried to sandblast frame with a cheapo setup and it didn't work well at all.  Went back to chemical stripping and that didn't work any better getting those small spots off.  Finally tried a straight razor blade and "shaved" many spots off.  Used sandpaper to even out surface after spot removal.  It'll be a couple more hours of work before ready for primer.

My wife reminded me that green/gold would look like Green Bay Packers so I'm back to either solid green or green with white pearl.

1997 Homegrown Factory XTR Hardtail 17"

1998 Homegrown XT Hardtail 17"

1999 Homegrown Pro Hardatail Gravel Conversion 19"

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That's funny your wife mentioned the packers. Be sure and post photos of the progress. It is a lot of prep work making the paint look good.

Jeff

94 Underground aluminum cracked frame

2- 97 Project Underground thermoset

97- Homegrown Factory

99- Homegrown Pro

01- Homegrown Factory Limited