Step 6: Paint or Powdercoat the frame
Sandblast and powdercoat can cost you as little as $70 and worth considering in your budget.
If you decide to paint your frame, then ooop.. here it is!
Prepare the frame by laying down lots of paper, and filling the bearing entrances with newspaper (eg bottom bearing, headset, set tube)
Grab the rattle can with primer and shake. Spray in short stripes, make sure you don't spray too long so that it drips. FOr a good finish spray at least 4 coats of primer, waiting an hour or so between coats. Clean up any drips with 240-grit sandpaper. Don't forget to turn the can upside down and spray the rest out to clear the nozzle when finished for each coat.
Then grab the colour coat and spray a number of coats.