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    Custom paint job (stripes), will I go broke?

    First thing's first, I'm expecting to get a nice Bridgestone MB-4 MTB (edit: anything similar) in fair condition and want to eventually personalise it if I am bringing it everywhere.

    To be blunt, I know not much about costs at all to start, and I saw this paint job online and am obsessing over it:

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    Do you think it's possible to get this done under $500? Would I be insane to think I can do this myself with some tape and patience with no experience?

    Very nice forum

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    Why paint your bicycle at all, if it doesn't need it?

    If you're inexperienced, you just might screw the paint job up!

    If you must paint your bike, powdercoat paint it. Better yet, have professionals powdercoat paint it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cfiber View Post
    Why paint your bicycle at all, if it doesn't need it?
    You're right, I guess some minor personalisations in my skill level can work, too. Just a random obsession I had to stand out, and, I LOVE tigers to no ends

    If you're inexperienced, you just might screw the paint job up!

    If you must paint your bike, powdercoat paint it. Better yet, have professionals powdercoat paint it.
    To clarify I guess, that is what I meant when I said "will I go broke" or "under $500", as in bringing it to a bike shop.

    Powder coating, I do not know what that is precisely, but it sounds like something I can do to get the effect instead of endless perfect paint stripes on an orange coat. Maybe I can at least get a back rack frame painted upon for start, or grips.

    I appreciate the ideas too with me being silly at 4am half dreaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikingTiger View Post
    You're right, I guess some minor personalisations in my skill level can work, too. Just a random obsession I had to stand out, and, I LOVE tigers to no ends



    To clarify I guess, that is what I meant when I said "will I go broke" or "under $500", as in bringing it to a bike shop.

    Powder coating, I do not know what that is precisely, but it sounds like something I can do to get the effect instead of endless perfect paint stripes on an orange coat. Maybe I can at least get a back rack frame painted upon for start, or grips.

    I appreciate the ideas too with me being silly at 4am half dreaming.

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    I don't think you can do stripes when PC painting a bicycle.

    Stop that dreaming! It can become quite costly.

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    Powder coat it orange and get an airbrush to put on the stripes.
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    If you want to do it cheap, and have it look good from over 10 feet away, just get a can of orange spray paint and paint it! Then go back with some black hobby paint and a brush and paint those stripes. You'll have fun doing it yourself, you'll learn something in the process, it will be cheap, you'll stand out from the crowd, and you'll have something fun and different.

    Getting something custom painted, especially that detailed, would probably be pretty costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpookyReverb View Post
    If you want to do it cheap, and have it look good from over 10 feet away, just get a can of orange spray paint and paint it! Then go back with some black hobby paint and a brush and paint those stripes. You'll have fun doing it yourself, you'll learn something in the process, it will be cheap, you'll stand out from the crowd, and you'll have something fun and different.

    Getting something custom painted, especially that detailed, would probably be pretty costly.
    Unless of course you have your own compressor, spray ***, and the ability to erect a painting tent.
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    Just do it!

    Yes, you might screw it up.
    Yes, dreaming can become quite costly.

    On the other hand, what do you really have to lose? It's a 25 year old middle of the road hard tail mountain bike. It's a PERFECT platform for a personalized bike conversion. If you do it all yourself, you'll learn things about bike mechanics and paint that you don't know even exist today. You'll also get the satisfaction of dreaming up a concept and seeing it through. People who go around saying things like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." don't get that.

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    I personally would attempt to paint it myself.
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    I like what SpookyReverb and Retro Grouch have stated here in particular. Afterall, if you attempt to do it yourself, the way that Cyclist2000 has suggested, you won't be losing that much, if your new bicycle paint job doesn't succeed.

    I mean...What the heck? Even if you fail miserably, you can always have it PC painted by professionals at the end of the day, anyways!

    So therefore, have at it!

    * But don't go buying no compressor and spraygun to do it though! Those are things that should either be found, borrowed, or cheaply rented, unless you can find many other uses for 'em...

    I still say..."If it ain't broke, don't fix it", though!
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    I would contact the painters that actually will do the work

    the estimate from them would tell you more.. Imron and similar catalyzed paints are very durable .

    you will save by doing the stripping the parts off before handing them the frame,

    then rebuilding the Bike Yourself.

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    Custom paint job (stripes), will I go broke?

    That tiger stripe pattern is gorgeous. Go for it... and never never stop dreaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by imi View Post
    That tiger stripe pattern is gorgeous. Go for it... and never never stop dreaming
    That's what I was thinking too. In addition to the stripes, I might try a little yellow to orange fade on the fenders and main tubes.

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    Certainly the orange paint job isn't hard. The stripes probably won't be that expensive. Ask around and see if a local car customizer who paints pin stripes might help you out.

    If worst comes to worst, try it yourself. Tiger stripes are forgiving, If you jiggle or vary the width a little, no one will notice.

    You could paint the bike orange and do the black stripes with a brush, like a pinstriper would do.

    If you want to spray it, then I'd start with a black base coat. All black. Use some Frog Tape to mask the places where you want the black stripes to be, then paint the entire bike orange.

    In either case, practice on scrap before you do the real painting.

    Here are some videos that my help get you started.





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    strip the bike down
    give the existing paint a light sanding
    paint the bike black with multiple light coats of automotive or rust paint from a spray can
    let it dry for a couple days
    cut a whole bunch of tiger stripes out of easy peel masking tape and apply them to the bike
    paint the bike orange with multiple light coats of automotive or rust paint from a spray can
    peel off the masking tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
    strip the bike down
    give the existing paint a light sanding
    paint the bike black with multiple light coats of automotive or rust paint from a spray can
    let it dry for a couple days
    cut a whole bunch of tiger stripes out of easy peel masking tape and apply them to the bike
    paint the bike orange with multiple light coats of automotive or rust paint from a spray can
    peel off the masking tape
    +1 ^ This is just pure genius!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikingTiger View Post
    You're right, I guess some minor personalisations in my skill level can work, too. Just a random obsession I had to stand out, and, I LOVE tigers to no ends



    To clarify I guess, that is what I meant when I said "will I go broke" or "under $500", as in bringing it to a bike shop.

    Powder coating, I do not know what that is precisely, but it sounds like something I can do to get the effect instead of endless perfect paint stripes on an orange coat. Maybe I can at least get a back rack frame painted upon for start, or grips.

    I appreciate the ideas too with me being silly at 4am half dreaming.

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    You can do it with powdercoating but it is much harder than Using paint. Powder is amazing and very simple for solid colors.

    I used to run a powder coating shop.
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    A potential alternative to paint is vinyl: On my 16" Dahon I put on 1/2 inch strips of reflective silver vinyl on my bike, and I'm sure you could have vinyl cut in a variety of triangle shapes.

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