Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Painting rear rack?

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Painting rear rack?

Old 07-29-11, 04:41 PM
  #1  
hamm23
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Painting rear rack?

My rear rack is pretty dinged up and alot of the black finish is worn away. Has anyone painted their rack to make it look better? Is there a certain paint/finish to use?
hamm23 is offline  
Old 07-29-11, 05:05 PM
  #2  
oneredstar
the bike made me do it
 
oneredstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Paris, of the prairies
Posts: 528
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have painted a rack on many occasions.

1. Sandblast
2. 2 coats of primer
3. 2 coats of paint. I used tremclad and it worked great.

I suggest taking your time and it should last up well. I have rushed the job in the past and the results were pour.
oneredstar is offline  
Old 07-29-11, 05:18 PM
  #3  
wahoonc
Membership Not Required
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Posts: 16,855

Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Powder coat? or maybe a new rack? I don't worry about it too much.

Aaron
__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline  
Old 07-29-11, 11:29 PM
  #4  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,321 Times in 831 Posts
Epoxy Powdercoat. (vs Polyester powder)
fietsbob is offline  
Old 07-30-11, 06:37 AM
  #5  
njkayaker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 12,465
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2814 Post(s)
Liked 521 Times in 362 Posts
Originally Posted by oneredstar View Post
I have painted a rack on many occasions.

1. Sandblast
2. 2 coats of primer
3. 2 coats of paint. I used tremclad and it worked great.

I suggest taking your time and it should last up well. I have rushed the job in the past and the results were pour.
Just stop at 1 (if it's AL).
njkayaker is online now  
Old 07-30-11, 08:40 AM
  #6  
NVanHiker
Senior Member
 
NVanHiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 592

Bikes: 2008 Giant FCR2, 1992 Raleigh hybrid, my son's old mountain bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 7 Posts
Tremclad is a soft paint, and not necessary if your rack is Al anyway. May I suggest those automotive touch-up spray cans. A light sanding, they have a primer if necessary, and you can do a custom color if you like. As with all sprays, build up a few light coats.

A few years ago I needed a custom bronze color on some drawer handles and used this method - to this day the paint is still glossy and hard with no signs of wear.
NVanHiker is offline  
Old 07-30-11, 08:55 AM
  #7  
Cyclesafe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,435

Bikes: IF steel deluxe 29er tourer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I went to an industrial coatings company and had them hold the rack until they had a larger job for sanding, epoxy base coat, and polyurethane top coat. I lucked out in that the color turned out to be gloss black. My racks now look better than new and they are protected by a finish far more robust than the original. Two racks and a frame cost $120.
Cyclesafe is offline  
Old 07-31-11, 06:47 AM
  #8  
Blues Frog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Flat Black BarB-Q paint from a rattle can works well. I just do touch up of scratched or rubbed paint. Do what seems best to you. It is your bike. Post some pictures when you are finished.
Blues Frog is offline  
Old 07-31-11, 07:06 AM
  #9  
KD5NRH
Senior Member
 
KD5NRH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Stephenville TX
Posts: 3,697

Bikes: 2010 Trek 7100

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 697 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
https://www.meijer.com/s/mighty-full-...ack/_/R-151657

Cheaper than getting any fancy paint. I've been using one for my commute, with one pannier running about 15lb and the other 5, and it's still rock solid. (The 15lbs is mostly laptop, so no, I can't balance it out better.)
KD5NRH is offline  
Old 07-31-11, 07:25 AM
  #10  
staehpj1 
Senior Member
 
staehpj1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 10,201
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 585 Post(s)
Liked 189 Times in 153 Posts
Personally I'd just think of the wear and tear as adding character. A touring bike and it's accessories should be pretty utilitarian IMO.

So I wouldn't bother, but if I were that concerned (which I never would be) I'd probably either get it powder coated or get a new rack depending on what the rack cost.
__________________
Check out my profile, articles, and trip journals at:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/staehpj1
staehpj1 is offline  
Old 07-31-11, 09:48 AM
  #11  
Boondock
afoot and lighthearted
 
Boondock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Puyallup WA
Posts: 121

Bikes: 1989 Trek 950, Trek 1220

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
when I'm done with this tour, I'm going to have my bike, Bob trailer, water bottle cages, fenders (and stays) and a pair racks, all powdercoated the same color....matt brown...for stealthiness
Boondock is offline  
Old 07-31-11, 10:29 AM
  #12  
Pain
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bumper coating paint works well. I think it only comes in black, and is a very tough rubber/plastic coating that is designed to take abuse.
Pain is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Gunga Dan
General Cycling Discussion
18
03-19-19 07:15 AM
reidplum
Utility Cycling
5
08-02-12 06:27 PM
Spinz
Road Cycling
3
06-20-12 01:31 PM
TopKatz
Hybrid Bicycles
3
06-18-12 07:48 PM
stringbreaker
Classic & Vintage
19
11-23-10 05:49 AM

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.