Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Boulder, Co
Bikes: 2009 Rockhopper Pro, 2008 Giant Anthem X3, Mercier Corvus AL
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First bike build.
I am building a 2001 Major Jake for a friend of mine. As to my skills with bikes I have maintained my own bike (Mercier Corvus Al) for about 2yrs. I have also done a tear down and rebuilt of a Shimano brake lever. Other than that doing a complete build will be very new.
I was wondering what specific tools that I will need? I have a garage full of tools but nothing bike specific. I have a bike chain tool for fixing a broken chain but that is it.
I was going to soda blast the bike this weekend (link
) This method takes paint off very nicely.
Then a quick sand with 220 to rough the fame up and a wash with lacquer to clean up. I am a novice when it comes to painting (I have a spray gun but never painted anything that needed to turn out nice). My friend recommended automotive primer then to sand after it cures to take out any blemishes. Then to paint the finish coat and clear coat. Not sure on the actual type of paint I should use though.
Any suggestions and tips would be nice.
I will have some pictures of the bike later this weekend before I start.