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    Any reason not to spray paint plastic Planet Bike fenders?

    I bought some Planet Bike fenders and haven't mounted them yet mainly because I'm thinkin' about customizing them a bit. The only ones that my LBS had were the bright-ass yellow ones and, while they're really not bad at all too look at I figure there's a sea of spray paint colors out there to pick from. Is there a reason in the world not to paint 'em?

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    - yellow is a good color and can help keep you alive...

    - perhaps a flourescent pink may be better?

    :-)

    p.s. and no, you can paint the fenders any color you want... as always, first clean, then test in an inconspicuous place before repainting...

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    Follow the above posters rules and try using this in yellow or safety orange

    with some of this down the middle
    The Ferrari ('05 Bianchi Forza) had a flat (Stupid Glass) the Japanese wagon ('77 Nishiki with Arkel Utility Basket) was in the body shop (On my bench being repainted...repent ye rust)
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    They may need priming first...it'll help the paint stay on better and last longer (of course).

    Other than that, go for it!

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    I'm thinking about masking off some sections and at least striping the bright ass yellow some here and there. I saw that Krylon Fusion stuff on their website and I've read a couple of things that indicate that it's as good as advertised.

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    Most paint will not stick to plastic, you will be dissapointed later on. Even if it seems like it sticks at first you will be sorry later. The slick surface of the fenders make it even worse. Don't even bother. Even a steel bike with primer and spray paint will scratch too easy uness it's baked on.

    You can order black ones without getting out of your chair. Try and return the yellow ones.
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    You'll lose 2 mph from the extra weight not to mention decrease the distance between the tire and the fender making it even easier to get taken down by a stray stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    You'll lose 2 mph from the extra weight not to mention decrease the distance between the tire and the fender making it even easier to get taken down by a stray stick.


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    Krylon® makes a spray paint for plastic called: Fusion for Plastic®
    It comes in a myriad of colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    You'll lose 2 mph from the extra weight not to mention decrease the distance between the tire and the fender making it even easier to get taken down by a stray stick.
    If the paint doesn't dry smooth, the increased drag coefficient could cost even more than just 2mph.

    Seriously though, where'd you find yellow PB's? I just got a pair of Freddy HC's yesterday to replace my old minimal coverage Zefals, but they're just plain black. I'd have jumped all over getting a yellow pair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
    If the paint doesn't dry smooth, the increased drag coefficient could cost even more than just 2mph.

    Seriously though, where'd you find yellow PB's? I just got a pair of Freddy HC's yesterday to replace my old minimal coverage Zefals, but they're just plain black. I'd have jumped all over getting a yellow pair!
    The colors were shown on the Planet Bike website the last time I was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    The colors were shown on the Planet Bike website the last time I was there.
    Yeah, I just looked there and those yellow ones are all kinds of cool. Unfortunately, REI only stocks the black ones, but they're $5 cheaper at REI than on the PB website, and I could go there last night and not have to wait for them.

    I really shouldn't care... I mean, they're gonna get covered in stickers anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
    Yeah, I just looked there and those yellow ones are all kinds of cool. Unfortunately, REI only stocks the black ones, but they're $5 cheaper at REI than on the PB website, and I could go there last night and not have to wait for them.

    I really shouldn't care... I mean, they're gonna get covered in stickers anyhow.
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    Why not use Scotch's colored electrical tape? It comes in a ton of flavors, is non-destructive and most importantly can be removed or changed at any time.

    My girlfriend did her entire frame up in this tape and it looks like the finest paint job you've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux_author
    - yellow is a good color and can help keep you alive...

    - perhaps a flourescent pink may be better?

    :-)

    p.s. and no, you can paint the fenders any color you want... as always, first clean, then test in an inconspicuous place before repainting...
    Day Glow pink would be better. Tests have fond that while people can see lime yellow better in controlled tests they React faster to hot pink. Let us not speculate why that is a survival trait.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    Day Glow pink would be better. Tests have fond that while people can see lime yellow better in controlled tests they React faster to hot pink. Let us not speculate why that is a survival trait.
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    so I took the SUV ( Cannondale V2000 Active 100SL)

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    they are flexible, it'll flake off after a bit.

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    I'm picking up a roll of 1/2" wide yellow reflective tape this weekend, and making designs on my fenders with it. I'll take pictures, of course.
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    I put them on last night and I think I'll leave 'em dayglo yellow for a while at least. They stand out nicely against the maroon and black frame. And they (sort of) match the yellow pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImprezaDrvr
    I put them on last night and I think I'll leave 'em dayglo yellow for a while at least. They stand out nicely against the maroon and black frame. And they (sort of) match the yellow pedals.
    Must see pictures! That sounds awesome lookin'!
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    Sand them first to rough them up and then use flexible automotive bumper primer. costs like 5 bucks at an auto parts store or wally world. any new car uses this primer and any decent collision shop does as well. it allows the bumpers to flex some without causing all the paint to come off. it's some good stuff. Thanks for asking about this cause for some reason I didn't think about it when I thought of painting some fro myself. next pair I'm gonna use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StokerPoker
    Sand them first to rough them up and then use flexible automotive bumper primer. costs like 5 bucks at an auto parts store or wally world. any new car uses this primer and any decent collision shop does as well. it allows the bumpers to flex some without causing all the paint to come off. it's some good stuff. Thanks for asking about this cause for some reason I didn't think about it when I thought of painting some fro myself. next pair I'm gonna use it.
    I don't know how flexible that paint is, it may work. I do know that bike fenders can flex a lot more than car bumpers on a day to day basis. Is that paint very flexible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    I don't know how flexible that paint is, it may work. I do know that bike fenders can flex a lot more than car bumpers on a day to day basis. Is that paint very flexible?
    You are right that fenders may flex more and more often, but I've pushed 3 cars with my Mazda Protege and that flexed the bumper quite a bit each time. I've got a couple scuffs on my bumper that was replaced 367 days ago, but no chips and no flaking paint. I would definately say it would be better to use it than not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StokerPoker
    You are right that fenders may flex more and more often, but I've pushed 3 cars with my Mazda Protege and that flexed the bumper quite a bit each time. I've got a couple scuffs on my bumper that was replaced 367 days ago, but no chips and no flaking paint. I would definately say it would be better to use it than not to.
    I agree, if one is going to try any paint that would be the best thing to try. It's a good idea.

    I have two cars that have had plastic panels bent quite a bit with no paint problems from flexing.
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