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Lets start from the cheapest…
Aussie export does a Plum Purple pretty similar to that…it will turn out fine as long as you do an undercoat to prime the frame. Aussie Exports are going for $2 each this week at supercheap auto. The negatives are that its not very thick, and is prone to fading.
Mid range graffiti paints like aeroskills, Crunch, Ironlak etc will provide lots of colours, they are plenty thick but they also have a very rough texture, you run your hand over a frame painted with these and it will be quite course. I was at my paint shop today trying to get a new purple Ironlak called ‘Pose Sushi’ but they had sold out already There is a dark purple Ironlak called ‘Venom’ which is a pretty good colour, also Crunch ‘Troublesome’…Aeroskills is total shit imo. These will all cost $4-$8
Top Range Graffiti Paint like Belton is the best for painting bikes as far as Im concerned. Belton makes an awesome grape purple, forget what its called though. This paint is great because its thick and covers well, has a nice texture, adheres to metal well, and has a female valve can which is a lot better to use. Belton is like $12 a can, don’t think they even sell it in Canberra :? Montana Black brand provides a similar finish but some colours are a bit watery.
Expensive paint ($15+ a can) is a real minefield. There is a lot of absolute rubbish sold at Bunnings for ludicrous prices, in fact Aussie export is just as good as some of the expensive paint sold in hardware stores. ONLY buy paint like this if you are looking for a specific effect like fluro, candy, metallic, chromes etc…and never buy from bunnings! Go to an auto paint shop, you will be astounded with some of the paints they have on offer, but all are very volatile and require perfect preparation and usually a white undercoat.
Summary: There are two kinds of paints, male valve (hardware store/Auto store paint) and female valve (graffiti/art paint)
Male valves are rubbish to use, often really high pressure, come with a nasty chisel style cap, and the difference between a $2 can and $20 can is often not that much. However, if you want a special kind of paint from an auto paint shop, this is your best bet.
Female valves give a lot more control, spray a lot more consistantly, and the paint is a lot thicker with a better pigment. The colour range available is absolutely massive, and if you just want a ‘normal’ colour this is my reccomendation. However some of the cheaper ones are very thick as mentioned, try to stick with montana black or belton if possible.
The best advice I can give is avoid getting ripped off at bunnings and other hardware stores! If you just want to paint it black or something, get yourself some $2 Aussie Export and go nuts…and if you want something a little better get some graffiti paint, but don’t get sucked in buying dulux and wattyl and other trash…the Plasticoat range is pretty good, but the rest are total rubbish especially compared to belton at $11-13 a can.