Paint choice

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP -

For many years Amer­i­can PJ1 was the de­fault paint of choice for any­thing black and many things sil­ver. Ship­ping re­stric­tions and the in­evitable Health and Safety saw it ab­sent from shelves for sev­eral years but it’s re­cently re­turned, re­for­mu­lated, but still vi­able es­pe­cially where high tem­per­a­ture ap­pli­ca­tions are in­volved. The Sperex brand, once well known, seems to now be sold un­der the VHT ban­ner but there’s a raft of al­ter­na­tives on of­fer nowa­days. The likes of Tool Sta­tion and Screw­fix of­fer their own ver­sions as do com­pa­nies such as RS Com­po­nents and Wurth, not for­get­ting the Hal­fords, B&QS etc. of this world. Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion high tem­per­a­ture paints are ap­plied di­rectly to bare the metal but more dec­o­ra­tive fin­ishes are gen­er­ally ap­plied over an etch primer which chem­i­cally bonds it­self to al­loys, pro­vid­ing a strong key. Ul­ti­mately there are loads of choices so do your re­search be­fore buy­ing.

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