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Posted: Jun 15, 2022 at 23:03 Quote
I painted mine about 18 months ago as the orange coating was looking pretty tired. Some of the paint has rubbed off where it sits against the preload collar, otherwise it's fine.

Posted: Jun 30, 2022 at 20:50 Quote
Hey guys, Im wanting to paint my 2019 nomad and I've got almost everything figured out. So here's my question, I'm going to completely strip my bike down and remove linkages what's the best way to hold up my rear triangle to paint? also I have a 3 gallon compressor will that be big enough?

Posted: Jul 1, 2022 at 11:27 Quote
swrvy-pete wrote:
Hey guys, Im wanting to paint my 2019 nomad and I've got almost everything figured out. So here's my question, I'm going to completely strip my bike down and remove linkages what's the best way to hold up my rear triangle to paint? also I have a 3 gallon compressor will that be big enough?

coat hanger hooked thru the axle hole. or any hole. um, this question makes me wonder about your experience level and what kind of paint you are using. but good luck either way. its a fun learning curve.

Posted: Jul 1, 2022 at 12:04 Quote
The 3 gal will work as long as your using a mini spray gun HLVP or LVLP gun I use a 2 gal compressor and with a mini LVLP spray gun ive had no issues

swrvy-pete wrote:
Hey guys, Im wanting to paint my 2019 nomad and I've got almost everything figured out. So here's my question, I'm going to completely strip my bike down and remove linkages what's the best way to hold up my rear triangle to paint? also I have a 3 gallon compressor will that be big enough?

Posted: Jul 3, 2022 at 2:24 Quote
swrvy-pete wrote:
also I have a 3 gallon compressor will that be big enough?

While that may be enough to kinda squeak by, the saying goes "there's no replacement for diaplacement". Most mini hvlp spray guns need 5-9CFM of air, and full size are 10-17 CFM of air. That 3gal compressor is probably 0.5CFM of air at best. Most people focus on the pressure of air, but it's really the volume of air that is the issue. For that small of a tank, I would recommend to have the paint store pump your color into Spraymax aerosol cans and use their clearcoat cans. The biggest thing is the clearcoat would be tricky to apply properly with the inconsistent volume of air delivery to the spray gun. One symptom of starving a spray gun of air is the fan pattern would shrink and the atomization of product would be blobs of paint rather than a fine mist. That would not be good especially on your clearcoat stage. Just my $0.02.

Posted: Aug 28, 2022 at 16:10 Quote
On closer inspection the coating on my coil has broken down quite a lot. Before shot and paint used.


After prep.


After 4 coats.


Back on the bike.


Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 8:21 Quote
for me its kinda hard to expect the coil, while it moves constantly, heats up cools down and gets slammed around- to not crack and peel a paint off it. the paint isn't designed to be that flexible either, and i'm not sure you even prepped the coil before you painted it. it doesn't look scuffed, but i might be wrong. i might be wrong about everything, who knows.
but if you are so keen to have a black coil perhaps try using heat shrink tubing on it...

Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 14:58 Quote
I painted over the original Fox coating a couple of years ago. You can see in the first photo the paint lasted well and I've only done this as the original (powder?) coating started to peel off. I completely stripped the spring using 120 grit. All in all it was an easy job and if it lasts as well as the first time I sprayed it I'll be happy enough.
In my opinion trying to prize the spring apart at the end in order to feed heat shrink on would be a nightmare and could damage the spring. Each to their own though.

Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 15:12 Quote
commental wrote:
I painted over the original Fox coating a couple of years ago. You can see in the first photo the paint lasted well and I've only done this as the original (powder?) coating started to peel off. I completely stripped the spring using 120 grit. All in all it was an easy job and if it lasts as well as the first time I sprayed it I'll be happy enough.

it lasted 2 seasons? thats a compliment to the prep job and the paint choice for sure. i couldnt tell if the coil was prepped- old eyes- but now you got me thinking about heat shrink tube wraps as a finishing solution for a variety of details. happy trails dude.

Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 15:24 Quote
You too man, and just to say I've admired some of your work and I'm perfectly aware that my rattle can skills are a very distant cousin to your talents. Heat shrink is great for tidy cables and I'm now wondering about cranks.

Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 16:42 Quote
commental wrote:
You too man, and just to say I've admired some of your work and I'm perfectly aware that my rattle can skills are a very distant cousin to your talents. Heat shrink is great for tidy cables and I'm now wondering about cranks.

Obee got mad skills...

Bike looks really good with that black coil. Job's a good'un tup

Posted: Aug 30, 2022 at 19:46 Quote
commental wrote:
You too man, and just to say I've admired some of your work and I'm perfectly aware that my rattle can skills are a very distant cousin to your talents. Heat shrink is great for tidy cables and I'm now wondering about cranks.

kind words dude. you'd be amazed what can be done with a variety of fat caps, some frisket or stencils and a spread of rattlecan paint. if you ever wanna dive into airbrushing and need advice i'm available. my instagram is summercarverart if you wanna see any recent work. mutual appreciation committee meeting is concluded. cheers lol

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