View Full Version : Roth Rattlebomb-Bikes-Part 3

04-06-2012, 6:24 AM
Ive searched the forums and looked for results. I've saw nothing but bad things on the bikes with lots of good things on helmets.

Before dropping all this money on rattle bombs, has anyone had any good results painting their tank or fenders with roth rattle cans?

04-06-2012, 6:25 AM
I was one of the ones with bad results but do think it was because I my primer choice. I plan on re painting the tank and fender sometime this year and will be using it again. The greasy black is a bad ass color.

04-06-2012, 6:28 AM
ok the key to a good looking rattle bomb paint job is you have to just their base coast their flake and their candy. its going to cost alot since they are like $16 a can. i just used duplacolor and got a great looking paint job.

04-06-2012, 6:31 AM
here ya go man watch these and they will show you how to get a good paint job.

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04-06-2012, 6:50 AM
i just used duplacolor and got a great looking paint job.

I've done 5 bikes this way and each one has turned out better than the last using either duplicolor (metal flake on 3 different sport bikes) and rustolium (cmx 450 & fxdx)

Sent from the handicapped stall.

04-06-2012, 7:20 AM


This is my duplacolor rattle can paint job.

04-06-2012, 1:39 PM
My question is this- and maybe this needs to be a separate thread so I don't hijack...

...how does it actually hold up to gas spillage- I always see these posts on here and other forums - guy does a way cool paint job , everyone's all excited because it looks like a shortcut to an expensive pro job with pro equipment and materials but you never hear the long term results... the poster may promise them but never gets back around!

I've heard about all these clear coats, different brands of paints, appliance paints, engine coats, grill paint, caliper paints... and you never hear how it holds up over the long term on a tank...

I have a rattle can flat black on my XS that basically wipes off back to red primer every time I wipe it. It looks okay as its ratty but shit if you spend all that time fish scaling, flaking, lacing and all that to have it run, smear and bubble after 6 months, might as well use poster paints. 30 seconds and $1.99 mine looks "good as new" but it looks exactly like what it is...

04-06-2012, 8:29 PM
Well rattle can job will not last as long as a pro job would. Mine is holding up fine as of now. But it might need a touch up later on down the line. What most people don't know about rattle cans is it is the same paint that you put in a paint gun it's reduced way down and has hardner just like you would have to mix to spray only difference is with a paint gun or airbrush you have control of the amount of product coming out and it can look better than a rattle can. Rattle cans just spray product out in a line or a circle. Some company's have started making directional tips that you can change the spray angle but you still can't control the amount of product or pressure it comes out at. I have seen paint jobs where people took a can of spray paint popped a hole in the can and put the paint in a cheep spray gun and laid out a smooth ass paint job. Alot of it is in the prep and painting conditions.

04-06-2012, 8:59 PM
If you want spray pro level paint without the equipment investment try the pre-val jar/accelerant system. Mix up your 2 part paint pour it in the jar and spray away. I don't know how well it works or how many cans of accelerant would be needed but for tanks and fenders it looks a decent alternative for catalyzed paint.

04-06-2012, 11:07 PM
I painted both these tanks with Roth Rattle Bomb, along with 2K primer, Duplicolor metalcast, Acrylic airbrush paint, and 2K clear. The blue one was a new Cleveland Cycle Werks one from Lowbrow (and is a nice quality tank with no real prep needed). I cleaned it after hand sanding it with 220 wet, cleaned with acetone, primed it with 2K epoxy primer, then started the Roth stuff. The purple one was a near perfect all-white gloss tank I got from ebay. I scuffed with 220 wet and started right in on the same silver Roth.

I used Roth Surfite Silver base and then Surfite Silver Flake. Then spent way too much time taping off this and that. Then Duplicolor Metalcast (really just a translucent "candy"), then taped more, then broke out my handy airbrush and did the shading and trip dots/bubbles. I finished it off with many light coats of 2K Rattle Clear, equalling about an entire can per tank. Luckily I live near a paint shop that sells 2K products, and Vintage Ford that sells the Roth stuff...so no paying for shipping.

These are the first two tanks I painted. Blue, then purple. I enjoy them, but I now can see why 'real' painters get so much cash for their goods. It's a lot of work.


04-06-2012, 11:29 PM
I did this with Roth bombs. I didn't have any problems with them but I did find you have to do lighter coats than you would with regular spray paint or it'll run like hell.



04-07-2012, 12:50 AM
I was going to ask the same question about roth bombs, was just about to order some greasy black and surfite silver, but then a friend offered to let me use his brand new paint gun, I think he said its a Sharpes. I just need to buy the paint. I really dig the colors and the flake that roth has, but i'm a total noob at painting.

04-07-2012, 9:08 AM
I went back and forth between Roth rattle bombs and buying a spray gun and paint. Eventually I bought a cheap harbor freight spray gun and epoxy primer and single stage urethane paint. All in all this cost at least $300 in supplies including body filler and abrasives. I think that buys a lot of Roth cans. The learning curve with the spray gun is moderate - I have done a lot of rattle can in my lifetime but the gun was a whole different ballgame. Mixing the paint, straining it into the gun, spraying and cleanup afterward all take time and is very messy. If you want the least hassle with the lowest cost, rattle bomb seems the way to go. If you coat with the spraymax clear, it will stand up to gas spillage. I would be tempted to use Roth next time.

04-13-2012, 9:23 AM
A question for all you paint gurus. Watched the Rattlebomb vids and he sprays the basecoat, flake ,candy and clear all in one sitting, waiting for the paint to flash before spraying another coat on. Trying to do this in one sitting for me would make me nervous as hell. I'd like to lay down the basecoat, then the flake and let that cure so that i can put some tape on for some lines and designs. I know that I would need to spray an intercoat clear on it and then wetsand. So my question is, would it be okay to use a 1K intercoat clear,wetsand, tape off, lay down kandy and then use the spraymax 2K as the final clear?? Will the 1K clear and the 2K clear react badly with each other , or cause the basecoat or kandy to bleed.

04-13-2012, 12:50 PM
damn!i just wanna know what titos address is to send my tank!!

04-13-2012, 2:15 PM

Dude, that looks great.

I'm painting my tank currently and can't get the lines as clean as yours. I'm taping like crazy, but don't know what I'm doing.

How did you get it so clean? Any tips?