Anyone paint just a section on their frame?

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  1. spencer2986

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    Has anyone painted just a section where there was some type of flaw in an area on the frame? I’m possibly buying a solid ct70 that has great paint except in one little section about 4 inches long by a half inch wide. Not looking for a perfect blend but just your experiences and any key preps.
     
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    What year/model & what color? That makes all the difference in the world. If this is a candy color, K3 or older, you're asking the impossible. OTOH, of it's a K4 (1975), or later, which were all solid colors the odds of success are still not great...which is a vast improvement over the earlier, candy-color models.

    This assumes that you're talking about the original, factory-applied, paint.
     
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    It is a candy color. 1971H Blue/green. It’s a bummer b/c it’s a nice bike but having the flaw kinda bothers me lol.
     
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    Color-matching candy paint is fiendishly difficult, at its easiest...small touch-up of a relatively new paint job, using modern paint (3-stage) and from the same can. Some colors are a lot less cooperative than others. When it comes to colors with green pigment, assume that they'll run through the hallway, screaming, with scissors:alien:. 47-year-old lacquer adds layers of complication. The OEM lacquer was 2-stage and the green pigment used in that era incredibly fade-prone. That's why most CBG bikes look more like lighter versions of CSB. The green lasted about as long as a campaign promise...after the election(!). You'd have to blend a color that, by definition, cannot be blended and, the application has nearly as much to do with the final color value as the midcoat formulation. It'd be a nightmare job for a seasoned airbrush artist.

    I get what you're saying, it's a heartbreaker. That said, if you think it looks bad now, try doing a touch-up. Trust me on this one..."you ain't seen nuthin'" until you've seen the results of a bad spot repair, of a candy color. Does the phrase "I could've had a V-8"!!!!!!!! bring anything to mind?
     
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    Thanks for the response. I figured as much but thought someone could talk me into it with the correct paint and professional painter.
     
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    Perhaps I can recommend a lil honda sticker to apply over the offending area! LOL!:LOL:
     
  8. airgunner

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    I have a Candy Blue Green HKO and I also had some areas that needed some TLC but I didn't want to paint the entire bike at this time. I ordered a rattle can of paint from Marbles Motors ( see their website) and used some generic silver I had laying around for a basecoat. After experimenting a bit on some scrap, I prepped, primed, and painted the triple tree, part of the swingarm, and the chainguard. After the clearcoat dried, I must say I was amazed how well it turned out. Only in direct bright sunlight can I see a minor shade difference. My only mistake was that I rattle canned the clearcoat on a bit too heavy and it developed some very minor cracks in one small area. I am a casual newbie and I think if a person actually new what they were doing the results would be excellent. After this I would not hesitate to order a quart from him and tackle the entire bike at some point.
     
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    Thank you airgunner, I have the exact same bike with the exact same issues. I want to repair some scratches and minor surface rust, but don't want to tear down for a full repaint at this point, Some day maybe, but the kids will be old enough to ride in a few years so I can see some additional scratches coming..
     
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    Thank you for the advice.
     

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