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If you do go the Alumahyde route, Iíve got some tips.
-Prep the metal surface with some scotchbrite. You want to get rid of the smooth surface to give the finish something to hold on to.
-clean the surface well and wear gloves. You can use brake/carb cleaner, surface prep spray, alcohol, etc. the glove are to prevent your body oils from getting on the surface.
-shake can very well
-heat up the surface to be painted. I used a propain torch, but a heat gun will do. Instructions say about 90 degrees is best, but I went a little hotter. I figured it would burn off any contaminant on the surface.
-do a very light coat while the metal is still hot. Give it about an minute or to to set re-heat lightly and do another coat. Repeat as necessary till you get desired look.
*multiple light coats are better than one thick coat... no drips and gives a good flat look.
**Alumahyde Is a spray on epoxy, so let it sit for 5-7 days before handling. If you want more coats, you have to wait till it full cures before reapplying.
Iíve had my tips painted for about three weeks with about 1500 miles and no chipping yet. Still looks great!