Re: [CR]White fenders (I-dood-it-myself project)

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Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:39:47 -0400
To: "Dennis Ryan" <>, <>, <>
From: "Sheldon Brown" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]White fenders (I-dood-it-myself project)

Dennis Ryan wrote:
>I'm a big fan of white fenders, and I think they add major old school class
>to classics, and to newer bikes too...So I painted the Esges, and I thought
>I'd share my experiences. They turned out swell, IMHO.
>I wanted that new kind of Krylon for plastic, but (curiously) couldn't even
>find regular Krylon, so I used Rustoleum plastic primer (two coats outside,
>one inside) and white enamel (two out, one in) (Painting the inside gave a
>more opaque look). Sheldon got nice results using just plain old Krylon (see
>his Rambouillet), but since these were for my Rivendell I was happy to take
>the nerdier and more thorough approach. (After watching my neighbor, who is
>in his 80s and who owned a paint store for decades, spend a week stripping,
>sanding, prepping, priming, and painting the iron railings on his small
>front porch, so it won't need painting again for decades, how could I do a
>crummy job?).
>I sanded them lightly and wiped them down with paint thinner, per the
>instructions, before applying the primer, and I lightly sanded between coats
>(airborne cottonwood fluff).

Seems like a lot of work for nothing. The Esges take paint just fine as they are, and if you keep the coats light so the paint doesnt run, there's no need for the sanding between coats.
>It's humid here, so I let them dry 24 hours
>before I remounted them. One of my hardware masks (newspaper secured with
>bits of duct tape) slipped off, but the spray cleaned up easily with

If you want to do this right, buy a roll of masking tape, that's what it's for.

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