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Old 12-01-08, 02:37 AM   #1
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Painted bike tonight - lots of pictures!

Well, I got a great deal on this Fuji bike a little while ago. I basically stripped the bike down, and used the nicer parts on my Dawes. The frame of this bike had black primer over top of the original red acrylic paint. It also had a bit of surface rust. It was just sitting in my garage with a pile of leftover parts, so my friend and I decided to put in some work and make the frame look nice and new. I first used a few applications of paint remover and sanded the good ol' fashioned way for a few hours. Then we used an electric sander and took off the brake line holders on the top tube, and took off all of the surface rust. Then we hit it with a few coats of primer, a few coats of gloss white paint, and a coat of satin clear coat.


This was the frame after a few applications of Aircraft Paint Remover and a few hours of sanding. Notice the decent amount of surface rust on the frame.



The frame after a little work with an electric sander.



The frame after a coat of primer. (I forgot to take pictures of the frame after we got all the surface rust off)



The frame after two coats of primer and a few coats of gloss white paint



The fork after two coats of primer and a few coats of gloss white paint



The frame after a coat of satin clear coat



And to make the job more fun..



Finished product (minus chain and handlebars)







Enjoy guys!

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Old 12-01-08, 06:12 AM   #2
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Is the headset painted white too?
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i dont understand why the cranks were not taken off , and for gods sake WHY did you dismember the frame ( cutting the cable guides ), i mean really WHY ?
please cut anything off a frame set and turn it into a "DREW" bike .
to clairify "Drew" .



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Old 12-01-08, 07:05 AM   #4
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looks great!
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you should have taken the headset off, it looks completely hack if you don't, like, you drank a bunch of beer and painted your bike......oh, wait...
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Old 12-01-08, 07:28 AM   #6
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does you or your friend own that braille rwd integra?

and yea like stated already, u should have removed the cranks + bb + headset.
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I would have hacked off those cable guides, removed the headset bearing races, crank, and BB.
How many coats of paint did you do? How many of clear coat?
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I would have hacked off those cable guides
Drewman see bike , Drewman want fixie , Drewman make Drew'ed fixie ,Drewman happy ?
"Drewman" should have bought track .
Dont hurt bikes intentionally . you will see my point sooner or later .
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yuengling? that stuff is like paint thinner and give you the worse hangover ever!


not a fan of white bikes but a fan DIY

its your bike enjoy it
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Old 12-01-08, 11:23 AM   #10
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something tells me the guys had some paint left over from the integra + other hondas and decided to have some fun for his beater bike.


for most ppls beaters, they would be lucky to take the time to even remove the wheels before spray-bombing everything!


good job guys..!!
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Old 12-01-08, 11:34 AM   #11
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My favorit photo is the Lager, no hangovers from it here. you have to be from PA to love the Lager. and i dig the final product.
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And to make the job more fun..



Mmmmmm Brake cleaner....
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Drewman see bike , Drewman want fixie , Drewman make Drew'ed fixie ,Drewman happy ?
"Drewman" should have bought track .
Dont hurt bikes intentionally . you will see my point sooner or later .
Why not hurt a bike intentionally?
Peronsally, when I do a conversion I remove as much impractical stuff from a frame as possible. There is no sense in keeping things brazed on a frame when you don't need them, besides they can become dangerous (an example of this would be if you lift braze-ons for a downtube shifter. Those squares can have some nasty sharp edges...my hand has a scar on it from them.). Imagine wrecking and having your leg get gashed with a sharp edge that could have been removed...hurts. Secondly, aesthetically they are not pleasing. If you want a track frame buy a track frame, but if you want a fixed gear that has clean lines and edges then by all means hack away. If you are neat and gentle with the frame you will not damage it when removing such obstacles.
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Old 12-01-08, 11:45 AM   #14
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Who really cares if you paint the outside of a headset?
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Who really cares if you paint the outside of a headset?
Excellent point. If its chromed it will chip easily and look gnarly. So perhaps there is a reason...but then again who cares too works.
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u should have removed the cranks + bb + headset.
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i dont understand why the cranks were not taken off , and for gods sake WHY did you dismember the frame ( cutting the cable guides ), i mean really WHY ?
please cut anything off a frame set and turn it into a "DREW" bike .
to clairify "Drew" .



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I'll explain; first off it is HIS bike so he can do whatever he wants with it. second is that this is not some super rare Italian collector's bike so for any schwinn, peugeot, craigslist special bike it is Ok to remove whatever the hell the owner wants to do with it. Quit being so critical of what others do to their own property!

To the OP: Great job on the paint job, there's no better memory of mine than that of getting drunk and taking on projects in a big warehouse till late in the morning.
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there's no better memory of mine than that of getting drunk and taking on projects in a big warehouse till late in the morning.
that's kinda sad, actually.
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that's kinda sad, actually.

Tragic.

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To answer some questions:

I did not have a crank puller, so it stayed on. The plastic bags and rubber bands took 10 seconds to put on, and worked the same as if I would have taken the crank off.

Also, the brake line holders were taken off because one was already broken off, leaving a sharp edge. So I grinded that down and realized it looked goofy with the middle one missing. Do not always assume that everyone is trying to be "tarck". Even if I did take them off for aesthetic purposes, there are much bigger things you can make fun of on this site.

chrism32205 - The headset rings will be sanded, I just didn't have time to sand them yet. I was a little excited and decided to put together the bike and snap some pictures. Sanding the headset rings is the least of my worries if I want to ride this bike; I think a chain and handlebars are more of a concern.

soderbiker - About hurting the bike, believe me, I saved this bike. As stated, it had primer OVER TOP of the acrylic paint to begin with. Both the primer and paint were in bad condition, and the bike had surface rust in a few areas.

Yukky - the brake cleaner was good. It goes down great with a nice sirloin.

planyourfate - I did two coats of primer, three coats of paint, and two coats of clear coat.

jdms mvp - I am glad that someone noticed the Braille Integra. My friend who helped me paint the bike is working on it; something is wrong with the tranny at the moment. His one friend Pete is the actual owner of the car.

ersatz - I drink about 95% quality brews (notice the Casca Zilla and Ithaca). However, the other 5% consists of lager. I live about 20 minutes from the brewery, so it has found a place in my heart.

To everyone that commented, good and bad, I appreciate all the feedback. We just did this on a boring Sunday night. Everyone that saw it in person so far has been impressed. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
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[QUOTE=bkowa092;7945293]:
ersatz - I drink about 95% quality brews (notice the Casca Zilla and Ithaca). However, the other 5% consists of lager. I live about 20 minutes from the brewery, so it has found a place in my heart.

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you're lucky. I live about 2 horus away from the brewery. I drink a lot of good beers, Top two favorite breweries are Troege (Harrisburg PA) , and Rogue (Newport OR). But Lager (Pottsville PA!)is my favorit and my "old reliable."
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do you live in Pottsville? I stay there every other weekend when visiting Hawk Mountain. Nice little city. We took our bikes last time to ride around town, but didn't see another bike. Not even kids. Weird. Any good places to eat I should try? Like pub style?

Sorry to hijack thread. I have that problem.

Nice paint job. Ithaca brew is pretty good. More of a Lancaster Milk Stout kinda guy myself
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When it comes to beer and food, hijacking is allowed. haha.

Meepers- Troegs and Rogue are great breweries. Troegs makes two of my favorite brews, Troeganator and Mad Elf. Some other good brews to check out if you haven't: Victory - V12, Hop Wallop, Hop Devel, Stormking. Dogfish head - Paulo Santo Marron, 60/90/120 minute IPA. Stone - IPA, Arrogant B*stard, Double B*stard.

joetronic, I live fairly close to Pottsville. Hawk Mountain is an awesome place to go hiking, beautiful scenery. The Kutztown Pub is only a half hour or so from Hawk Mountain, and they have great pub style food and even have their own brewery with a few good brews. I would also check out Port Clinton Hotel, which is about 20 minutes at most from Pottsville. Go hungry, because they have the biggest cheesesteaks you will ever find. Lancaster Brewery is pretty good, my sister used to live a few miles from there, so of course I had to sample the brews!

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Can I see some close up pictures of the crankset?

You'd think not taking the bike all the way apart before doing that would be a pretty bad idea but it looks like it came out good.
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Old 12-01-08, 02:50 PM   #25
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Wait a minute none of these pictures are showing up. did you edit your post? i swear i saw them earlier when i was at school and saw them through the schools computer with ie
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