Painting a Frame

Painting a frame is pretty simple. All it takes is skill, knowledge, patience, the right equipment (like a stripping tank, a large sandblast cabinet, multiple HVLP spray guns, a good spray booth, a drying “oven”). And did we mention patience, a lot of patience?
Pre 1
My Dad’s 1974 Mariposa is still ridden – the original paint really shows its age.

Pre 2
More evidence of its age.

Pre 3
35 years of sweat takes its toll.

Step 1
The frame has been stripped and is now ready for sandblasting.

Step 2
After stripping comes sandblasting.

Step 3
After sandblasting, the frame is cleaned to remove any oils and dust.

Step 4
After the first coat of primer.

Step 5
We inspect the frame and fill any surface imperfections.

Step 6
The grey filler primer and bondo are then sanded.

Step 7
The frame is re-primed and sanded once more.

Step 8
Two coats of the colour chosen for panels have been applied.

Step 9
The first colour is lightly sanded and masked.

Step 10
The frame after two coats of the second colour.

Step 11
The masking removed.

Step 12
Decals are now applied.

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The frame with one overall clear coat and six on the decals.

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Decals have been sanded smooth, lug lining applied & cut-outs filled.

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After the final clear coat, Dad’s Mariposa is done and awaits its custom head badge.

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After the installation of its custom head badge.