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Old 08-31-11, 04:52 PM   #1
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Painting a road frame with most parts intact?

Has anyone been successful painting a road bike frame without removing the BB or headset? Were you able to work around various parts to the bike???
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Old 08-31-11, 05:18 PM   #2
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Well, you could, but it would be easier to just remove them. You'll most likely end up getting paint on them, or over tape and end up with bare frame in places.
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You can't do a nice paint job without completely stripping the bike down.

If you want to just touch it up, there are a few ways around stripping the bike of its components:

Method 1

Match the color with nail polish and paint specific little spots or areas. (Areas must be very small for this method).
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Method 2

* (1) Get newspaper and tape of all areas you don't want painted.
For example, you might just want to paint the top and seat tubes. In that case, tape newspaper all around the bottom portion of the bike and place it over the wheels, the down tube, the bottom bracket, pedals, handlebars, etc..

(2) Get number 200 grit sandpaper and sand areas to be painted.

(3) Go over sanded areas with 00 steel wool

(4) Spray Auto primer ( or as last resort, Rustoleum primer) and wait 24 hours.

(5) Steel wool with 00 steel wool again and paint with selected hi-gloss auto paint color ( or chosen Rustoleum paint color).

(6) Wait 24 hours, steel wool again with 00, and spray another color coat of hi-gloss paint.

(7) Wait 24 hours and spray another coat of hi-gloss paint.

Method 3

*Tape off with newspaper as in Method 2 first.

1. Chemically strip the areas to be painted

2.Sand areas with 200 or 300 grit sandpaper.

3. Steel wool with 01.

4. Prime with Rustoleum (then wait 24 hrs.)

5. Spray paint areas with flat paint.

6. Wait 12 hours and spray paint with flat again.

7. Wait 24 hrs. and spray clearcoat over your flat coat.

Apply another coat of clearcoat in 12 hours and your done.

Or you can pay someone to powder coat your bike to make it look extra special.

PS.

Wait at least three days (five days would be better) before riding your newly painted bike. Wear gloves whenever handling your bike while processing to avoid fingerprints, smudges, and skin oils.

* Also, prior to painting, always wipe down with alcohol (denatured) and wait for the surface to dry completely.

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Wow, SlimRider, over the top! Thanks!
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