... I hope.

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.
nice! one thing you might mention. make sure and don't mix paint types: lacquer and enamel will attack each other and the result is a crazed, wrinkly finish. unless that's what you're going for...
<p>Any pictures of the bike in it's finished state? Just curious :)</p><p>I myself am about to finish a project like this, a very basic and very uninteresting bike that i restored almost from scratch. I only need to put the chain on it, connect the shifters and do the final adjustments. </p>
Sadly no! <br><br>My girlfriend rode if for a year or so and we gave it to a friend of hers and moved on to other projects. But we never thought to take more pictures after I completed the 'guide' :&lt;
<p><em>If you painted your rims teal, won't the paint get ground off by your brakes? It does look beautiful though!<br></em></p>
I have to say that came out beautiful
Thank you! Now that is has its new look it is used everyday for commuting and general city going. That bike definitely has a new lease on life!
I dug a bike out of a dumpster a while back, got some new tires and tubes for it, then disassembled, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled. Started some sanding, but once tires came in the mail, had to put the thing together and ride it, lol. May finally get around to painting it now. Glad to see such a great well-explained and patiently written -ible on painting. I'm usually a crappy painter because I have almost zero patience, but you've got some good tips that may guide me a bit. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I appreciate the feedback! I am impressed you are riding it sanded down, is it not rusting on you big time? I found even just 3 days &quot;naked&quot; and mine was starting to show rust on the frame... but it was humid, that could have been the difference! <br> <br>Enjoy the process, that's part of the fun! <br> <br>- Cad
With FL's humidity, yeah, it's got a bit of oxidation, but just on the surface. Been wanting to go ahead and finish sanding and then paint, but need to get out the door to do that, lol. For me, that's a job in and of itself. Anywho, may share some pics if I get around to it. Still really glad to read this 'ible, as it gives me some great motivation.
That's the whole reason I posted it, so I am really, really glad to hear that! Enjoy!
Meant to mention, great job on that bike.
Does painting the chain cause any issues? I would worry either it won't move the way it is supposed to or that the paint will just wear away really quickly and be a wasted effort that ends up taking away from the effect. The whole project looks awesome though.
Now that the bike is on the road and being used daily as a commuter I can give you the full answer to that. Yes...<br><br>... Yes, the paint does wear away really quickly, pretty much anywhere that the chain moves - it does not impede the chain from moving though. It's a little stiff at first but as it sheds the paint off the joints it goes back to normal. All the paint fell off that wasn't on the sides of the chain. So, the side panels remained Turquoise. Importantly, I converted this to a single speed so there is no rubbing on the sides of chain due to derailleur actions so it still looks pretty good.<br><br>I would say if you want the side panels of a chain painted and your bike is a single speed its probably easiest to do it this way, since all I did was hang it up and paint it. The alternative is to take the chain apart, paint the side panels and put it back together. Which would be way more time consuming - but I think would have a better appearance.<br><br>That said, I wasn't happy in the end with the chain and how it turned out, so I am still playing with it and seeing how I can improve it - That's why painting it is not mentioned specifically in the walkthrough.<br><br>Each bike I do, I get a little better - I hope to find a simple solution soon!<br><br>Thanks for the kind words!<br><br>- Cad
Teal + Matte Black! So fresh.
It really looks good together, props to my girlfriend for sure - it was her colour sense. <br> <br>One thing I learned it that there are A LOT of teal out on the market and they are all different. Make sure you find grips before you commit to a colour, I had a heck of a time finding grips that matched that teal colour...

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