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Painting my bike(3 posts)

Painting my bikeDCDREW
Oct 28, 2003 8:20 AM
I'm converting my beater bike to a SS fixed and want to give it a new look while i've got it stripped of some parts... Anyone painted a bike before?

Can I just use a heavy duty paint for steel (i'm thinking some cool 'powder-coated' look)? Should I sand or rough up the paint that's on the bike now.

Aside from not getting paints in the bb, dropouts, headset, etc., anything else I should watch out for.
Quality vs. cost.Spoke Wrench
Oct 28, 2003 9:03 AM
How excellent of a job are you hopeing for? In general your finished product will never be better than your surface preperation and it won't be better than the quality of the materials that you use.

Several posters have indicated they have been very satisfied with results from local powder coaters for less than $100.00. That sounds pretty good to me.

My last frame update included a rattle can paint job. My secret is satin black paint. It isn't up to factory finish quality but it doesn't scream "home paint job" either.
re: Painting my bikeSean008
Oct 28, 2003 9:24 AM
I've painted two bikes myself (the second looked very, very good). I used automobile spray paint (can get it at any auto store). I recommend buying the same brand of primer, paint, and clear coat. Here's what I've learned:

1. Sand off all of the existing paint. This can be time consuming (a few hours) but it is very important. I used paint stripper, then I used a drill with a sanding bit, and finished up by sanding the hard to get to places by hand.

2. Put a few coats of primer on, making sure that there are no runs. If runs do occur, sand them down and re-apply the primer to that section (this also applies to runs occurring during the painting process).

3. Use lots of light coats. Spray the entire frame lightly, wait 30 minutes to an hour and repeat.

4. Apply a few coats of clear coat.

I used weather proof labels (from Avery) for decaling.