i have a 25th annaversy mongoose mennace, all chrome i never repainted a bike before and my budget is low( 10-20$) i want to paint the frame yellow and the handle bars and fork black i have no clue what im doing so if u could help me it'd be great.
i had chromed forks and handle bars,i didnt strip them, and all i did was scratch it up with some rough (i just looked it over and i spelt ruff, im a ******) sandpaper(not too hard though) and then cleaned them off with alcohol, after that was dried up i used a white primer (krylon is pretty good) and added like 4 thin coats, then i waited a day and used black paint, like 6 thin coats, waited a day, and added krylon clear coat, a couple of thin coats of that, and its pretty tough. a few tips, dont paint in the sun, where its dusty or windy or both, make sure you dont get fingerprints or grease on the bike, after your done painting, let it sit for a week indoors, not in the sun, it dulls the color, and if i forgot something tell me, but i dont think you have to strip the chrome....
i own a gt ricochet hardtail mtb, a cannondale road, and full suspension mtb, a haro tr 2.1, a diamondback viper that i rebuilt painted and rebuilt with lighter parts, a brand new H&H race group race bike, and a eastern metalhead
chrome is a pain to get rid of, but yeah sandblasting is the best way. I don't know about the scratching theory though. When u go to repaint it, the frame will require a lot of preping and priming.