1970 peugeot PX-10 fixie, 2002 Team Fuji road bike
Painting my bike pink, need some tips!
Hey, So I want to paint my bike pink, rattle can job, anyone have any tips on where to buy pink paint in a rattle can. I was thinking maybe rustoleum painter's touch paint but I'm not sure if that would stick very well to a steel bike frame. It says indoor/outdoor and works on metal, but it also says great for wicker, wood, and craft. So I'm a bit nervous using it. any suggestions?
i painted a frame with rustoleum last summer. If i were you i wouldnt spend the time taking the paint of the frame. id just sand it ti roughen it up a bit, spay a good even coat of primer on, then spray a couple good coats of paint on.
...but like jayrooney said above, this is not gonna look like a pro paint job or really anything close. I even put 5 coats of clear coat on top and mine still wasnt that great.
painters touch berry pink if you can find it. it's harder to get on the west coast as they don't make it anymore. make sure you do at least 3 coats and sand between them.
i have a can of krylon hot pink that would make you cream, but i am not parting with it.
don't use new krylon. you'll be sorry.
p.s. i just painted my old soma with a can of american accents cinnamon and it looks fabulous. spray paint jobs rule!
As I remember, I painted my old car with pink Krylon. I think it came from Wal-Mart (I didn't have much of a choice). It held up OK. I'd certainly recommend cleaning it up, sanding it, priming it, sanding it again, and then painting it. Part of the problem you run into is that rattle cans give you a lot of paint dust on the surface, so you want to try to eliminate that as much as you can.
One advantage is that if you chip the paint, you can always just paint over it.
1970 peugeot PX-10 fixie, 2002 Team Fuji road bike
Thanks for all the tips, I've definitely decided not to use any chemical paint stripper, as I started doing that and got dizzy and had a headache that lasted all day, then I fell asleep early and didn't finish my homework... I was on the rustoleum site and kind of liked the way the forest green camo paint looked so I might go with that, and then no clear coat. that way I can just touch it up wherever and it won't be a thief magnet. I'll save the pink bike dream for when I have a job with a salary!
Surly made a small batch of pink 1x1's a while back. They were sold out in about a week, just like their recent EXTREMELY small batch of purple SS hubs. It seems that "little girl" colors (pink, purple, celeste?) are now associated with the hardcore, at least among the cycling community. Kind of a, "It takes a tough dude to ride a pink bike" mentality. Thus, the popularity.
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echo on the getting tons of crap for having pink bikes, as for trendy - i dunno .
i am asked nearly everytime i am locking up my sled if it is my girlfriends bike...
as for team rattlecan, i am a proud member - i have found that a bit more change spent on a good primer will go a long way. i'm fond of an oil based primer by kilz; it seems i needed two cans to fully/evenly coat the frame,and i used a rustoleum high gloss enamel for the topcoat and clearcoat and it stuck well, and is really pretty durable - but let it cure for a couple days before you reassemble your bike or you'll do a pretty efficient job of screwing up your finish
If your in Portland oregon and need good spray paint... go to New American Casuals... they carry German Montanta and sometimes Belton (Belton is the best). They are both available in 10 times as many colors as krylon or rusto.
1983 Trek 600 Modern Build; 1986 Specialized Allez SE 'Jim Merz'
I just finished doing a pink bike (for my girlfriend, not that i wouldn't ride one...) using ace hardware brand grey primer, pink spray paint, painters touch english rose accents on the lugs, and automotive quality clearcoat, and it's beautiful.
The important steps (as far as I see them) are:
1. Sand: this doesn't have to mean striping the frame, just creating a rough surface for bonding
2. Clean: paint doesn't like to stick to a dirty or oily frame, I used citrus-based surface cleaner followed by a rinse of the frame.
4. Paint: pay attention to the can directions, and don't try to do one thick coat or anything. also, give it sufficient time between coats.
5. Clearcoat: buying a good quality (i.e. automotive) clearcoat IS worth the extra money if you care about the paint job looking decent and not flaking off right away. The one I picked up at the local autobody shop was called "U-POL Clear #1" I think, which was $18 a can. Needless to say, this does not compare to a multi-part clearcoat that must be sprayed from a pressurized gun, but the guy at the shop said it was the best aerosol one that you can get.
6. PATIENCE!: I can't emphasize this enough, after you have finished the paint job wait AT LEAST 48 hrs before handling the bike or trying to install components. The paint might say that it dries much quicker than this, but it takes time to harden completely, possibly longer if it is humid or cold where you are.