Step 1: Buying Parts
Items I bought:
- Drop Bar Handle Bars
- Handle Bars Tape
- Black Chain
Step 2: Materials/Tools Needed
- Plastic Sheet
-Black Electrical Tape
- Sand Paper
- Primer Spray Paint
- Black Spray Paint (or colour of your choice)
- Clear Sprat Paint
- Paint Remover
- I used Nitromors Paint Stripper, however you can use something similar if you are unable to get this, however I can say from previous experience, I found that this product has the best out comes.
Step 3: Break Down the Bike
Once you are left with just the frame, remove the front forks from the bike, keeping all parts such as the ball bearing in a safe place.
Feel free to document this process via photographs, written notes etc, it will make the assembly part run a lot smoother!
Step 4: Removing the Paint
If the paint is still not blistered enough, apply a third coat. Once finished, removed the blistered paint with a scraping knife, or something to that effect. Once the majority of the paint is removed, rub the frame down with the steel wool. Now allow to dry.
Next, you have to sand down the remaining paint, using wet&dry sandpaper. Remember it is not necessary to remove every single bit of paint, however the more paint you remove, the better the finished paint job will be. Start off using sand paper with a grit of around 80, moving down to around a 1200-grit.
Step 5: Prep the Bike for Spraying
Its now time to tape of any parts that you do not wish to be painted. There is special tape for this, however masking tape will do the job just fine. Tape of any holes expecting screws, bearing etc. Also, if you do decide to leave the crank set on, you will need to tape this off as well.
For spraying you need to be in a well ventilated room. Try to avoid spraying outside if possible as there is a risk of wind blowing dirt onto the newly sprayed frame.
To prevent spraying the whole room, put a plastic sheet, or something similar behind where you're spraying, to protect the walls.
Step 6: Start Spraying
After the final priming layer, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
Next, you need to apply the final colour, in this case, I chose black. Apply the paint in the same way as before, watch out for pooling.
Once you've finished painting, again leave it for 24 hours to fully set.
If you wish to add decals, now is the time to add them.
Once you are happy with the frame, you will need to spray it will a clear coat. This will help prevent the frame from rusting, and the paint from chipping. Just like before, spray lots of light layers instead of a few heavy ones. Once you have finished leave it to dry for 24 hours plus.
Step 7: Assembly
Step 8: Finished
Thanks for reading!