Can I use an airbrush to paint a motorcycle?
August 1, 2010 5:44 PM Subscribe
Can I use my airbrush to paint my motorcycle's gas tank?
posted by aaronbeekay to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total)
I have a couple of motorcycle gas tanks I'd really like to paint up. One is in much worse shape than the other.
The one in worse shape is the one I'd like to start with, just for the "less to lose" factor. It's currently in pretty bad shape- a pretty thick coating of what appears to be hand-brushed? paint, with no clearcoat, a significant number of dents, but little rust. I'm able to get the current paint off- I can pretty easily coat the thing in paint remover and use a heat gun, steel wool, sandpaper, whatever, to get the current paint off. After that, I'm lost.
I have a small suction-feed airbrush available to me- I don't remember the brand offhand, but it's of decent quality, with a small compressor that removes water and such. I've tried to paint metal with a spray can before, and it went badly- even though I sanded and prepped the surface, I had very little control and a lot of overspray, and I got orangepeel all over the place. I think I need a pretty comprehensive introduction or walkthrough to painting metal- what kind of paint do I use? Do I need to wet sand? Do I need to do surface prep? Can I use this airbrush, or is it completely inappropriate for the job?
Thanks for the help! If I've left anything out, I'll be happy to update. If pictures are necessary, I'll take some.