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Bikes get scratched up and start looking pretty ragged. Fortunately it's not too tough to give them a new paint job. Just a few tools, some spray paint, and a bit of time. It's all worth it, too, since the results make the bike look far better.
 
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Step 1: Start stripping the bike

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So everything that's attached to the frame needs to come off. That's the seat, wheels, chain, derailleur, all that stuff. To get these off you will need:
  • chain tool
  • Allen wrench (4mm, 5mm & 6mm)
  • Socket wrench
  • Crescent wrench
And for painting you;ll need some spray paint and clear coat. I used:
  • Blue Krylon Dual
  • Krylon Clear Coat
With those tools, go to it. The fun thing about bikes is that everything you need to remove is pretty clear. Is there a hole for an allen wrench? Good, use an allen wrench! That takes care of the brakes, bar stem, and bottle holders. Use the socket wrench to remove the crank arms, the crescent wrench for the front fork, and the chain tool for the bike chain.

If you're new to this, be sure to pay attention to all the parts you pull off as you'll need to put them back on later. Also, make sure to carefully store all of the pieces away. It's easy to lose a couple tiny pieces along the way.

Step 2: Clean it up

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So now you have the bike frame. Clean it up with something good to get rid of all the grease and dirt. I used Pedro's Green Fizz, but there are many options you can use here.

Step 3: Sand it little

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Use some sandpaper to rough up the surface of the old paint. I used 150 grit here, but could've gone even finer. The point is to give the new paint a good surface to hold on to, not to remove all of the old paint.

When that's done, wipe the frame down with a damp cloth to pick up all the dust.
seamster1 year ago
No shifters?

(I'm guessing easiest way to single speed?)
fungus amungus (author)  seamster1 year ago
Nope, it's a single speed. And, yes, the most basic way to go to a single speed. A true single speed is a nicer ride.
wolfgang641 year ago
This is great but if you chemically stip the paint off renolds 531 tubing is there a better way to make the primer stick?
Ninzerbean1 year ago
Gorgeous job. I just wanted to add what I learned this summer - if you are spraying on the ground you have to get spray paint cans that allow you to paint at any angle, otherwise the object must be about shoulder height so you so you can paint horizontally.

I spray painted some wall sconces this year and I learned that when the can says to spray light coats they mean not to spay a light coat and come back later, but to spray light coats until you have coverage - then come back SOON - in less than an hour, to put your second coat on. But you must wait about a week for the paint to really cure so it can't be scratched off. I actually read the directions which must be printed in about 4 pica.

In my case the lights were black and I used a spay primer (white) before painting them very red. They look very professional, no one can tell that they didn't come that way.

I used a light coating of dish soap to coat the insides so the paint would not stick there. That did not work at all. Not even a little bit. I had to use 400 and 600 grit wet sandpaper to remove the red paint from the inside of the lights.

I think that with a primer you would have needed only 2 coats. But is just as much work of course. Your bike looks really cool.
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