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My girlfriend has had the same bike for almost her entire 2-wheeled life. Though I am not sure exactly which mid-90's year her Raleigh 'Tarantula' came from. It's an old one and treated like most family bikes...
Sadly, I don't have a full picture of the bike before I started - Only this one shot of the seat stays I took when consulting my Dad on something from across the country.
The Challenge was a simple one - after about the 16th(ish) winter it had given up the ghost... the casette was toast, all the cable chewed and the rust.... rust....everywhere... It also spent a portion of its life on the bottom of a pile of family bikes.
So the challenge was set. This bike needed a second coming...
You will need:
- 2x Spray cans of White Primer paint for metal - I used Krylon Brand
- 2x Spray cans of coloured paint (whatever colour you want - Krylon Black Matte and Liquidtex professional spray for the accenting colour)
- 2x Spray cans of Clear sealer - I used Krylon Brand
- Various Drop cloths/ Tarps
- Some means to suspend bike parts in the air (Rope, wire, etc...) - You can see what I used in step 3
- 10x Sheets of 100 grit Sandpaper
- 1x roll of painter's masking tape (usually it is green or blue) - any tape will do, but painter's tape comes off the easiest
- A Blowdryer
Step 1: Strip the Frame
We need to strip the frame.
To begin with take off all the removable bits: Wheels, derailleurs, brakes, seat, handle bars, etc... I won't detail how to remove those as there are plenty of references available out there for that.
Stripping the decals: Taking the decals off was pretty difficult because they were in rough shape. I used a blow dryer to heat them up and lifted them off by hand where I could. Just keep passing the heat how the decal and lift from a corner slowly - take your time and it might come all off together. If not I used heat and some sandpaper to get off the little bits... you won't get to use that sandpaper anymore so don't use your last piece. I wasn't too fussed about the grit of the sandpaper I used for 'decal troubleshooting' because I was going to sand the metal bare anyway. I found this the most time consuming part because the decals were in awful shape... but also because their are way more decals on a bike than I would have thought!
Stripping the paint: Good old fashioned elbow grease. I used a 100 grit sand paper, a 6-pack of beer and the Songza playlist 'Liquid Dubstep' to do this part. put the sand paper in your hand and keep rubbing until the bike looks like bare metal. I don't have much advice on technique - if you use this method just keep rubbing. Don't be afraid to fold the sandpaper into little shapes to get into every nook and cranny. It is possible to paint without stripping the old paint completely, however my understanding is that you won't get as nice a finish on your top coats later. Should you choose to go that route you only need to rough up the existing paint so that the primer can be applied to it.
There are paint removers out there, liquids, gels and such, I might try that next time as sanding took me 10ish hours to complete (over a 2 day period). Some people don't have that kind of time.
At this point I went back and did the fork using the same technique. Make sure you don't forget the front fork. I did in literally every step, and had to go back and do it once I had already started the next step. Don't be like me.