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How to Paint a Bike

If your two-wheeled ride is showing its age, a fresh coat of paint will give it a new lease on life


  • Step 1: Remove everything Remove everything from the bike's frame, including brakes, handle bars, pedals, gear box, chain assembly, and the tires using your wrenches and screwdrivers.
  • TIP: Lay everything out and carefully label all the parts, nuts, and bolts to make reassembly easier.
  • Step 2: Sand frame Sand the frame using progressively higher grit sandpaper and an electric sander to remove any rust or corrosion.
  • Step 3: Hang and clean frame Hang the frame in an open space using a heavy gauge wire and then wipe away any dust or paint particles with paper towels.
  • Step 4: Tape bolt holes Cover bolt holes with painter's tape to protect them from paint.
  • Step 5: Prime and paint Prime and paint the bike with even, sweeping motions to build successive layers of paint until the frame is completely covered. Then apply the clear coat in the same manner.
  • TIP: Wait for a dry day to paint. Excess humidity will impede the drying process and will make the paint run and drip.
  • Step 6: Reassemble Wait at least 3 days for the paint to cure before reassembling. Upgrade any parts that were damaged or broken for a complete transformation.
  • FACT: Paris' Museum of Graffiti features plastic sheets on which visitors can spray paint their own art.

You Will Need

  • Wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hex keys or Allen wrenches
  • Sandpaper
  • An electric sander
  • Wire
  • Paper towels
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer
  • Spray paint
  • Clear coat spray
  • Adhesive labels (optional)

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