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Old 08-08-09, 11:11 AM   #1
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Paper Mache paint job??

so i'm building my first fixie (Centurion Iron Man Dave Scott expert)

I've stripped everything away and its getting sandblasted today,
I've been looking at looks and styles and paint jobs i want my fixie to be like, and living in a college town theres alot of fixies that are just spray painted and look like any other bike.

This paper mache job really caught my eye, and i'm wondering if anyone knows how to do this...

check it out, this guy did an awesome job.

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2009...abethMoore.htm
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Old 08-08-09, 11:16 AM   #2
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fail.

I'd say lots of polyurethane or epoxy, but I'm not sure.
Also not sure that it'll do much to prevent rust.
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Old 08-08-09, 11:18 AM   #3
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Don't get it sandblasted if you are just going to shellac paper to it...
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Old 08-08-09, 11:19 AM   #4
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i give him an E for effort... lil dude is 14 years old

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Isn't papermache just putting a piece of paper into water, letting it soak a bit, then putting it wherever you want and wait for it do dry? At least that's how I did it in school.

Btw., that fixedgeargallery bike is incredibly hideous imo.
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This is decoupage rather than papier mache. Papier mache usually uses a paste and the images on the paper get covered up. For decoupage, you adhere the paper onto a surface and cover it with a decoupage medium or varnish.

If you were to use a varnish, the only trick is ensuring your varnish doesn't destroy the images on the paper cutout. http://www.wikihow.com/Decoupage

I saw a bike that had been decoupaged with postage stamps. It looked pretty neat but a hella lot of work.
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Old 08-08-09, 12:55 PM   #7
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This is decoupage rather than papier mache. Papier mache usually uses a paste and the images on the paper get covered up. For decoupage, you adhere the paper onto a surface and cover it with a decoupage medium or varnish.

If you were to use a varnish, the only trick is ensuring your varnish doesn't destroy the images on the paper cutout. http://www.wikihow.com/Decoupage

I saw a bike that had been decoupaged with postage stamps. It looked pretty neat but a hella lot of work.
and pretty expensive i bet
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i live in a college town and my fixed is spray painted
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and pretty expensive i bet
I picked up several hundred old British stamps for a similar project for like $15. More than enough for a bike.
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I dont blame you for spray painting though, i just want to hop on my bike and go for a ride or pay alot of money for a paintjob.
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