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Painting your bike - how to do it right

Is your old bike getting on in years and has its prime behind it? Basically, however, the bike still rides very well and it would be a shame to just throw it away after all the trips and experiences together? Have you ever thought about painting your old bike and breathing new life into it?

Why should I paint my bike?

Painting the bike frame first of all creates a great visual effect. Regardless of whether you use the same color that the bike was previously or you decide to paint it in bright bright colors or a chic subtle blue or gray: The new color ensures that you will simply love to use your old bike again Using exits.

In addition, painting yourself also strengthens your self-confidence, because you now know that you do not need a specialist or an expert, but simply a little patience, skill and imagination.

The main effect is, however, that when painting a bike, the bike is protected by the new layers of paint and thus has a higher resistance to impact, abrasion and scratching. So you can cruise around the area for the next few years without having to worry about the bike rusting away.

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What do you need to paint your bike?

If you want to paint your bike, you need a few tools and materials and a suitable space.

The following basic equipment is required:

working glovesso you don't suck your hands on yourself.

Painter suit or clothes that you will no longer need afterwards.

Cover sheetto protect the room where the work will be carried out.

A respirator with filters to protect your airways.

Tool, with which the frame can be freed from the rest of the bike (Allen key set, socket wrench set, screwdriver, combination pliers).

A bucket for the grinding water.

You need the following materials to paint your bike:

primer (about 500 milliliters)

Spray paint (about 1,000 milliliters)

Clear coat (about 500 milliliters)

acetone (to get the frame free of grease)

Sandpaper (coarse 600 and fine 1,200 paper)

Where should you paint your frame?

The room should have the following properties if you want to paint the bike frame in it:

The temperature should be around 18° Celsius (3 to 4 degrees up or down is also ok)

The room should dry and dust-free so that no dust particles get on the wet paint.

The place should be well ventilated be, however, should no drafts be present as this could smudge the paint.

How much does it cost to paint a bike?

The prices for the individual parts vary depending on the quality. Here you will find a table with approximate guide values ​​so that you know what amount you should roughly calculate with if you want to paint your bike:

materialApproximate costs
working gloves15 euro
Painter suit15 euro
Cover film 5 euros
Respirator with filter (painting mask)20 Euros
Allen key set15 euro
Screwdriver set15 euro
Socket wrench set30 euro
bucket 2 euros
Primer (500 milliliters)10 Euro
Paint spray (1000 milliliters)15 euro
Clear coat (500 milliliters)10 Euro
acetone 5 euros
Sandpaper (thickness 600 and 1,200)10 Euro
Patience, motivation and enjoyment at workPriceless
total167 euros

If you do not have any of the materials you need at home or you cannot borrow them from someone, you have to reckon with costs of around 167 euros to paint your bike.

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Painting your bike: step by step instructions.

Step 1: dismantle parts and components.

The illustration shows a bicycle frame from which all components and parts have been removed.

In the first step you have to start all of them Remove parts from the frame. Different tools are required here depending on the type of wheel. It is advisable not to dismantle each part individually, but to consider beforehand whether a whole group of parts such as the handlebar with gear lever and brakes can be removed at once. So that you can find everything again when you assemble it, you can pack the parts in bags and label them accordingly.

Step 2. Clean the frame.

Now that the frame is available as a single part, you should first of all clean thoroughly.

Step 3. Sand the frame.

Now they can Grinding work start. That's the most tedious part of the process. To do this, fill a bucket with warm water. First, dip the coarser 600 paper into the bucket to moisten the paper and then start sanding the frame with it, removing the old paint. After you are done with it, you do a second pass with the finer 1200 paper until the frame is really polished.

Step 4. Dust and degrease.

Make sure that the Frame completely dust-free is and degrease him with a little acetone.

Step 5. Apply primer.

Now you can start working on the Prime frame. To do this, lay the frame on a foil and cover everything that should not get any color. You can paint with either spray paint or a spray gun. If it is a one-off project, it is more economical to use aerosol cans. But of course painting with the gun is a lot more professional and cleaner.

For the primer, all you need to do is apply a layer to the frame. Pay attention to the distance the manufacturer specifies for the spraying and shake the can really thoroughly before use. Also make sure to shake the can from time to time during the spraying process. Before you start with the bicycle frame: First test the can on another surface so that you get a feel for the painting process.

Pro tip: Make sure that the primer and the paint are from the same manufacturer, so you avoid problems during processing and the result will be better in the end. Also adhere to the manufacturer's information on drying times and the information on when it can be overpainted. These are important for a good result.

Step 6. Paint the frame.

After the primer has dried, you can now apply the actual Apply a layer of varnish. Here you should apply at least two coats.

The illustration shows the 3 stages of painting the frame. On the far left you can see a sanded bicycle frame, in the middle you can see the same frame primed and completely painted is the bike frame.
The 3 phases of painting: sanding, priming and painting.

Step 7. Apply clear coat spray as a finish.

After a little drying time now comes the Clear coat spray is used, which ensures the seal and makes the bike shock and scratch resistant. One layer is usually sufficient here.

Step 8. Assemble the bike.

After you've finished painting your bike and the paint has dried well, you can now do that Reassemble the bike. To do this, simply assemble everything in reverse order to how you removed it at the beginning.

Pimp your bike. To complete the new look, you can also mount a new saddle, handlebars, components or new grips.

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