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How to paint a bike

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I first didn't have in mind to give instructions on how to decorate a bicycle so i don't have pictures of every step but i will explain with the pictures i have.
I do have to warn that this project takes a lot of time but the end result is worth it.
(i won a contest with this bicycle :p )
First step disassemble the bicycle so you just have the bare frame.(remember or write down where everything came from you will need it when you reassemble the bike).
Remove the paint of all the parts that you want to paint.


 
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Step 1: Painting your parts

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Next you clean the parts so there is no grease or dirt on the bare metal parts (dish washing soap will do) and dry the bike.
Be sure not to touch the cleaned bike with your bare hands because your hands have grease on it also.
1. Apply a light coloured primer (for light blue a light primer is best).
2. Apply your colour coat and remember to have an even coat and that there are no drips or white from the primer.
3. (optional) apply a clear coat so your colour coat is protected from scratches.

My personal opinion is that spray cans that are a little bit more expensive will give you a better result.
Also what you have to do is have patience between the layers (it's better to wait a bit longer then screw it up because you where over anxious ).
One more hint : read the instructions on the cans they are there for a reason and tape of parts that shouldn't be painted.
If all whent well your parts should look like the ones in the pictures

sjones11111 days ago

This is for nice to know since my bike is getting very old and needs a paint job.

bo88y1 month ago

A thing of beauty, a work of art. Though I'm more of a "transportation-appliance" kind of guy with regard to bikes and cars, I'm glad there are others out there who take the time and make the effort to add some beauty to the world.

nathan701 (author)  bo88y1 month ago

thanks

lightnin91 year ago
Simply gorgeous. :)Thanks for sharing this.
H4541 year ago
Those pedals are awesome, where did you get them? And what is the name/ brand?
nathan701 (author)  H4541 year ago
Found the product code it's VP-610 .
Link:
http://www.vpcomponents.com/newen/product_detail.php?id=71
nathan701 (author)  H4541 year ago
I found those pedals at a local bicycle shop and modified them (removed the reflectors and the rubber that was between them because it was ugly like that)
They are made by a company called VP.
If you google "vp pedal tour grip" in images then you can see how they look originally (the first picture)
PKM1 year ago
Those grips are fantastic- I think you could make a good Instructable about those on their own, going into more detail about the types of leather, how to sew them and so on. Do they stand up to a lot of usage?

I think here in rainy Britain they'd be somewhat wasted, but I love the idea :)
nathan701 (author)  PKM1 year ago
It's hard to explain how i sewed it, I just tried something and it came out really nice maybe i will try to make an instructable about it.
I really don't know much about leather the only thing that i know is that the leather i used is from a cow.
I just bought a suitcase full of leather on a flee marked (20 euro for allot and all kind of types)
The grips stay good for a very long time as long as you keep them dry or grease them allot, but they do change colour over time because of the grease of your hands (it gives it a charm).
In general it's not such a good idea to go driving in the rain with the bicycle i made (it's doesn't come out much here also, i live in belgium)
This is my show bike for nice sunny days i've got 3 others for normal use.
notingkool1 year ago
Beautiful, i love this bike. Great work.
nathan701 (author)  notingkool1 year ago
Thanks
I really like this bike.
Thanks
PKM1 year ago
Those grips are fantastic- I think you could make a good Instructable about those on their own, going into more detail about the types of leather, how to sew them and so on. Do they stand up to a lot of usage?

I think here in rainy Britain they'd be somewhat wasted, but I love the idea :)
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