Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-01-03, 10:42 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
mindbogger's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 933
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Paint Job

Ive decided to give my bike a new paint job. How do I go aorund to doing that? Anyone know what kind of paint you need?
mindbogger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-03, 02:51 AM   #2
Resident Music Junkie
Aggressor's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Bikes: 2000 Avanti Aggressor
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Have a read of this:

You might find some handy hints in there
Aggressor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-03, 03:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
You cant match the finish of a professional paint shop, but you can do a workmanlike protective paint job suitable for a commuter/hack bike.
I used 2 cans of spray paint from an auto-shop:undercoat and colour top coat.
You need to strip off the outer coat of your frame. Use emery cloth and/or a wire brush.
With an Al bike you would need some different surface preparation, since Al forms an oxide layer.
Think very carefuly before removing the old undercoat. Factory undercoats are much better than home-applied ones, and you can remove the outer paint and leave the old undercoat in place.
Clean with detergent and water.
Suspend with coat-hanger wire through head-tube /bottom bracket in a clean place. Put bolt through any threaded holes to keep paint out.
Apply the paint in a speckle pattern to avoid running and dripping. Several speckle coats will provide a continuous coating.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-03, 06:07 PM   #4
John E
feros ferio
John E's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
Posts: 18,342
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 426 Post(s)
I agree with Michael. I have hand-sprayed a couple of bikes in the past, with reasonable results, but the professional repaint job on my Capo looks "better than new"!
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324
Capo: 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-03, 08:08 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Southeast MN
Bikes: Atlantis, Bleriot, Waterford,Steamroller, Big Dummy
Posts: 188
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A handy way to strip off the old finish off a steel frame/fork is sandblasting. One of your local monument (aka headstone/gravestone) dealers will probably be willing to rent you some time with their equipment... just be sure to cover anything you don't want blasted (like threads, etc.). Also, you may want to consider powdercoating... I got a single color (red) job done for $70. Good luck with your project.
drcrash is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:08 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.