zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

What Kind of Paint Do I Use on a Bicycle?

by
author image Jen Morel
Jen Morel has worked in the newspaper industry since 2007. An experienced backpacker, she is a contributor to "AMC Outdoors" and other hiking/environmental magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive science and philosophy.
What Kind of Paint Do I Use on a Bicycle?
A custom paint job can look better than the factory coat. Photo Credit Rrrainbow/iStock/Getty Images

After removing the old coat of paint and stickers and sanding down your bike frame, you need to choose a type of paint that will make your bike shine. You can always purchase a 99-cent can of spray paint from the hardware store, but the results won't be amazing. You'll want to choose the right type of primer, paint and finish to optimize your paint job.

Primer

You need to apply at least two thin coats of primer to attain the best results. When choosing a color for the primer, consider the final color of the bike. Also, choose a primer that acts as a rust inhibitor to protect the bike. If the metal frame is already rusty, zinc chromate is an appropriate primer to use. A special primer might be necessary if you're refurbishing an aluminum frame, since the pores in aluminum can affect the results.

Paint

You won't need more than a half-pint of paint to cover the frame if you're brushing it on. Visit your local hobby shop to see if they have small containers of paint. However, spray paint will provide a more even finish than brushed-on paint. Choose a quality brand; generic brands might spray unevenly and provide less-than-optimal results. Apply three thin coats of paint, applying it in short bursts and allowing the paint to dry between coats. Make sure the area is well-ventilated, and wear goggles, a mask that will filter out paint fumes and gloves.

Finish

Let the paint set for several hours or an entire day before applying a layer of clear coat. Apply three coats of clear lacquer spray or clear coat. Again, allow each coat to dry before adding another coat, and let the bike dry for a full 24 hours after applying the last layer of finish.

Preval

If you're not happy with the range of colors available in spray paint, you can pick up a spray gun online or at the hardware store. You can use allmost any kind of paint with a spray gun. Spraying paint provides a more even finish and the end result looks more professional than brushing on the paint, which can leave visible brush strokes and drips.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.