airbrush body painting
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Question by katechaos34: Can I use acrylic paint on my bike?
I just want to put a two inch by two inch detail on my bike. All I have is acrylic paint. What would be the worst that could happen? Will it melt in the heat in the sun from riding?

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Answer by Boudreaux
no it won’t melt, but it will not stick to an oil based paint. It is also not going to be weather proof.

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5 Responses

  1. I think it will melt the enamel on your bike and shrivel up

  2. Your prolly gonna need some kind of base behind your detail…like a primer for the paint to stick to, and after wards your gonna need a sealant, some sort of transparent varnish or something…

    The worst outcome is will crack and chip…the good thing is, because its acrylic, if it does mess up, it should be pretty easy to take off.

    Now, im talking about chipping if you were doing something detailed like an image, but if you were just using words or something linear…i dont know, it might just work.

    The only thing you can do is experiment, and hope for the best.

    Hope it works out.

  3. It will peel off. Use enamel paint instead. You can get it in small jars where they sell stuff for model airplanes.

  4. Clean, sand and prime the area you are going to decorate.
    If you don’t it will be near impossible to get the paint to stick.

    Worst case scenario:
    A mess. No damage to your bike will occur due to acrylic paint.

  5. The acrylic paint won’t melt in the heat, nor will it wash off in the rain.
    Acrylic is paint pigment held in a plastic like medium, which is water soluble when wet, but water fast (won’t wash off) when dry, it is also flexible.

    Depending on the source of the acrylic it will generally stick best to a mat surface, so if the bike in question has mat finished paint, your OK, if not, a few Min’s with fine wet and dry paper will remove the gloss finish and give the paint something to stick to, then depending on the colour you are painting with and onto, you may want to add an undercoat – light colours don’t cover dark ones well.

    If you are using artists paint, i.e. in a tube you may find this a little thick, acrylic model paint would be ideal and you can use this (thinned down appropriately) in an airbrush too..

    Acrylic based spray paint is sold at auto supplies to touch up car body work, this too is ideal.

    Whatever your paint source you will need to varnish the finished ‘image’ to help protect it from the elements and general knocks a bike gets. Choose a varnish that has the same finish as the rest of the bike. When you varnish don’t just varnish the design, but an area, e.g. the panel that the design is on, this will help blend the design to the paint.
    If the design does get damaged you can always touch it up.

    Hope this helps and have fun.

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