Introduction: Repaint Your Bicycle

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Have a Bicycle and its colors looking faded or not shiny or you just have old Bicycle want it to make it look even better than a new one. So just Repaint your Bicycle which wasn't too hard. I used spray paint to repaint my Bicycle. And now it's looking even newer than new. I painted under $20. If you want to do, Here's how you can do it.

Step 1: Disassemble the Bicycle.

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Disassemble the bicycle from fenders to fork, saddle, handle and even main frame. If you don't disassemble the bicycle, it will very to difficult to paint.

Step 2: Sand All the Parts

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Now sand all parts with a sand paper and don't forget to remove old company decals or stickers. Sand till all the paint is removed. Check that no paint is left to be sanded. You can even use an orbital sander if you have,

Step 3: Clean All the Parts.

After sanding there will be some dust, so clean it with damp cloth. If small dust particles are left, after painting there might be a rough finish.

Step 4: Selecting Colors

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Select the color you like to see on your Bicycle. Select a combination of 2 colors and select color scheme. And think twice before coloring. Buy that Spray can. I selected White and Blue. I colored the frame and fork white and colored other parts blue.

Parts colored Blue - Handle, Both Fenders, Stand, Chain guard.

Parts colored White - Fork and Frame.

Step 5: Things to Know Before Painting.

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Keep in Mind these things Before Painting your bicycle.

1) Wear mask.

2) Practice on other thing before doing on your bicycle.

3) Protect the surroundings with newspapers and don't paint indoors.

4) Shake the can for 1 min before spraying.

5) Clean the Spray valve after spraying.

6) Paint steadily and in sweeping motion.

7) And Most Important be Patient, let the Paint dry.

Step 6: Paint Time!

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Everything's done, now let's PAINT. Protect the surroundings by newspaper. Choose the color you want. Shake the CAN vigorously for 1 min. Point the Spray Can towards the object. Paint in a steady and sweeping and avoid paint drips. Keep a distance of 9 to 12inch distance between Spray Can and Bicycle. Apply 3-4 thin coats rather 1 heavy coat. Wait 5-10 minutes after apply one coat and then painting second coat. Avoid over coating and paint drips. I used 2 White spray can and used 1 blue can.

For more durability and Gloss apply clear coat and paint will shine. And applied Clear on seat and handle. Let the paint completely dry for 3-4 hours. And now check by touching the paint and ensuring that there no moisture.

Step 7: Assemble the Bicycle and It's Done

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After the paint dries assemble the Bicycle. And your Bicycle will be newer than new. ENJOY YOUR NEW RIDE!!!


curbowman (author)2016-11-26

I just got a vintage bike whose paint is still original but has lost its luster. Could it be possible to use only clear coat over the old finish?

dev prajapati (author)curbowman2016-11-27

YES, You can apply clear coat on the bike for luster & shine. Don't forget post a picture if you do it.

gmnorris (author)2016-07-19

I'll have to try this! Would you happen to know a way to transfer sticker/decal decorations from bike to bike?

dev prajapati (author)gmnorris2016-07-19

Well, it depends on the glue of the sticker or decal that you are removing. If the decal is sticking on the bike nicely, it's good. But removing decal/sticker in perfect condition will be a tricky part. You can buy new decals and stick them after painting that will be a better idea.

Maulashree (author)2016-01-26

Is it really necessary to disassemble the whole thing? Could we not mask the parts not to be painted? Also, how long will the bike be out of function for the entire process if it is done as quickly as possible?

dev prajapati (author)Maulashree2016-01-26

It is not really necessary to disassemble but I prefer disassembling Bicycle because it easier to paint and you can get nice finishing. If you don't disassemble it you may not get perfect results. And you can go to nearby Bicycle repairing shop to get disassembled and assembled after its its completed.  :)

gearup500 (author)2015-07-31

Will the paint flake off if I don't remove the old paint? I want to avoid scraping my bike.

dev prajapati (author)gearup5002015-07-31

It's okay if you don't remove old paint but do primer coating or clear coating after painting. But after all it depends upon finishing!! ;-) :-)

gearup500 (author)2015-07-31

I'll post a pic next year when I do ot

gearup500 (author)2015-07-31

Awesome. I'm going to paint my bike black and gray. It's red right now but I don't care much for red

Wow it looks awesome! I love that blue and white color combination! I've been thinking about re-painting my trike, but I'm intimidated about taking it apart and all the sanding. How long did it take you to sand all the paint off?

It took 1hour to sand whole paint.

tomatoskins (author)2015-04-22

I definitely struggle with the patience part of painting. Great instructable! It's great to see a new face around the community!

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