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Old 10-19-13, 08:51 AM
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Bike parts need a colour change - best + easiest way?

Well basically I have a few bike parts (bmx) that need to be painted (white) - forks and bars. Could anyone advise me on the best way to do it? I don't mind paying for it but it's not worth paying more than £25 at max for both. I could maybe spray them but idk how the finish would be plus I have like literally nowhere to hang them. Are there any professionals that specialize in this? Thanks!
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BMX parts? Sounds like parts that will suffer abuse. A home made paintjob is going to be horrible for a BMX bike. Get it powder coated if you must. Places around here will powder coat a bike frame and fork for around 100-125 dollars.

That is the only way to get a durable cheap paint finish. A professional durable paint finish will far exceed that cost. Using 6 dollar spray cans to paint your bike will look fine from 30 feet away until the first time you actually use the bike.
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I paint stuff like that with spray cans all the time.

The key thing is surface prep. I use a chemical stripper to remove any old paint down to bare metal, prime, sand, prime again, and finally paint. Then wait at least a week before you assemble the parts. I think that anything less is a waste of time because I have to do it over again.
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Well basically I have a few bike parts (bmx) that need to be painted ........t but it's not worth paying more than £25 at max for both. I..... Are there any professionals that specialize in this? Thanks!
Yes there are pros, but not at he price you're willing to pay. Find a place to do it, and use a can of aerosol spray paint. If you're patient and careful you can get decent results.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I paint stuff like that with spray cans all the time.

The key thing is surface prep. I use a chemical stripper to remove any old paint down to bare metal, prime, sand, prime again, and finally paint. Then wait at least a week before you assemble the parts. I think that anything less is a waste of time because I have to do it over again.
Primer sounds like a good idea to protect the coat, would a laquer reinforce it even more? I think I may just give it a go with a ****load of coats. Thanks for your advice!


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BMX parts? Sounds like parts that will suffer abuse. A home made paintjob is going to be horrible for a BMX bike. Get it powder coated if you must. Places around here will powder coat a bike frame and fork for around 100-125 dollars.

That is the only way to get a durable cheap paint finish. A professional durable paint finish will far exceed that cost. Using 6 dollar spray cans to paint your bike will look fine from 30 feet away until the first time you actually use the bike.
The reason my budget is so low is that I can just purchase the parts from ebay near that price, so it's almost pointless lol. Thanks anyway yo
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Primer sounds like a good idea to protect the coat, would a laquer reinforce it even more? I think I may just give it a go with a ****load of coats. Thanks for your advice!
Don't mix paint types. Most spray cans are enamel so use enamel all the way through. lacquer might "lift" the enamel. Then you'll get to do the whole thing over again. Two or 3 light coats is good. Too thick will make it chip too easily.
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If the parts are chromed, the right primer and prep might cost too much money and time...
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Don't mix paint types. Most spray cans are enamel so use enamel all the way through. lacquer might "lift" the enamel. Then you'll get to do the whole thing over again. Two or 3 light coats is good. Too thick will make it chip too easily.
Great thanks for that, will do!
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