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Decal or paint?

Can someone tell me whether the visible part of the logo on the frame is a decal or a pain directly on the frame? If it's a decal, then where can one get a custom decal with a metallic finish? If ...
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painting an aluminum/carbon frame

I have a frame I would like to get repainted. It is a composite of aluminum and carbon fiber (Al main triangle, carbon fiber seat/chain stays). The carbon fiber is unpainted (maybe a clear coat) and ...
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What's the best way to remove stick-on frame protectors

I need to move a couple of frame protectors from the head tube of my bike but don't want to damage the paint in removing them. What's the best way of getting these off?
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Painting a bike with minimum cost

I bought a used bike but I hate its color and I want to repaint it. I saw some videos on youtube on that. However I found the stuff too expensive. I went to Amazon and I found a black matte paint ...
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Where can I find touch-up paint?

I need grey touch-up paint for the headtube on a 2014 Whyte T-129s. How can I find out which colour exactly to buy?
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My bike after a new spray paint, gets scratched easily

I completely sandpapered my bike a few months back and repainted it with a coat of primer first, and then matt black. The paint was sprayed only after sandpapering the bike with the appopriate gritt ...
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how to strip the paint from a bike yourself?

How can I strip the paint from a bike frame? I tried using a sander and it left really annoying scratch marks on the frame. Is it possible to use a chemical paint stripper to completely remove the ...
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Sources for vintage or reproduction decals?

What sources offer reproduction decals in the vintage Cannondale (lower-case, non-italic) style? When I finish restoring my bicycle's polished aluminum finish, I would like to apply replacement ...
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Do I really need to use primer first?

It's my first time trying my hand at spray painting my bicycle. Do I really need to spray paint with primer first? I've already dismantled and sandpapered the bike and was thinking of giving it two ...
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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, ...
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repair scratches on surly frame

I am a happy owner of a Surly Cross Check frame, two years old. Today I put it against a pole, but a strong wind blow made it slide along the pole and fall to the ground. As a result, there is one ...
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Worth it to touch up my bike?

I have a Linus Roadster and it got scratched moving cross country. I love this bike and want to touch up the paint job. Has anyone had experience painting over scratches on bikes? Should I bother? ...
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What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?

I tried repainting my plastic mudguards (fenders) using automotive spray paint. It went on easily and covered well with two coats, but it has no abrasion resistance at all. Within a few weeks my paint ...
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What is the proper way to paint a bicycle?

I started a while back (maybe 2 years ago =p) restoring a custom-built tandem bicycle, and I sanded it down to bare metal and just used spray paint (Rustoleum I think, took the bike completely apart ...
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The paint on my bicycle is damaged

I recently painted an aluminum bike. I put the primer down, then the paint color, then a clear coat. I did all the sanding and everything that goes along with painting the bike. After letting it dry ...
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How can you remove logos from a bike frame?

I'm trying to remove all these annoying labels from my bike. On the main frame there is one big logo, but I'm not sure if it's a sticker or not. The frame is black, but it's very cheaply made, and the ...
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Is there any difference between professionally painting a car and a bike frame?

I'm getting ready to purchase a new bike which I love but I hate the color scheme. I can't find any custom bike paint shops in the area. Can I simply take it to a car paint shop and get a ...
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Reduce Resale Value to Avoid Theft? (Uglify)

"Uglify your bike" was mentioned here as a theft deterrent. I have a 20102009 Canondale F3 and I'm thinking about locking it up in Manhattan from time to time. I think that Uglifying will help. ...
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How to match a paint color?

Do you know how to match a color on the frame ? I want to buy a paint from a tool shop but I'm not sure if it's match with the frame color. I'm going to use the paint for a touch up. Thanks for the ...
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how do I paint a bicycle chain?

I've seen chains with so many colours, white, red, you name it. I would like to give it a try (this paint job is intended for visual styling of the bike, nothing related to protecting it), but I have ...
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Clear lacquer on steel frame

I'm currently working on a steel frame that I got off ebay. I'm removing the existing paint using wire brush adapters for a drill (didn't want to get involved in nasty chemical baths). One result of ...
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Can the extreme heat from powder coating influence frame integrity of older bikes?

I just got an older frame powder coated. The shop that I took it to doesn't specialize in bikes. They mainly do industrial grade powder coating and perhaps a car wheel here and there, so I wouldn't ...
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How to remove clear coat drips?

I have sanded, applied primer and then spraypainted my bicycle. Then I sprayed clear coat on it. This last step ruined my bike. The clear coat was dripping all over the bicycle frame. How can I ...
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Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up

My wife's bike recently got scraped up and the paint got scratched down to the frame. It's an alloy frame. Should she be concerned about rust or any kind of damage? If so, do we need to get it ...
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Is there anything special to pay attention to when preparing a bicycle for powdercoating?

I am thinking of having an old bike powdercoated to spruce it up a bit. What do I need to do to prepare the frame? Remove all components? What about stickers and decals? Some kind of chemical etching ...
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How do you protect your bike from scratches?

Anyone here use protective tape to protect a new frame? To which areas do you apply the tape? I have a new frame and I am worried that other bikes sharing bike racks will scratch my ride.
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How to remove bicycle decals?

My Surly Crosscheck has decals I want to remove - they are clear plastic decals with leterring on top :"Fatties Fit Fine" etc. What is the best way to remove these without discoloring the paint job?
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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
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restoring old bike, remove scratched stickers, yes or no?

I'm restoring the first adult bike I owned. It has about 30 years and was made by a brand that no longer exists, which makes it some sort of a semi-relic :) My problem is that the brand stickers at ...
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Maintenance on an Aluminium frame

I have an aluminium frame. The top tube has become slightly scratched or pitted (by something hard, presumably, I don't know what; maybe while it was parked). Does it need maintenance (e.g. does the ...
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Re-painting Rims

Over time, the paint on the rims of a wheel has slowly been eaten by a set of brake pads. How do I strip left over paint? What type of paint should be used? How can I ensure the new paintjob will ...
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Mountain bike — exciting after-market parts, modifications or paint jobs

I have a Specialized Stumpjumper Comp FSR from 2009. My previous bike was a mean-looking matte black Cannondale Jekyll 1000 with a Lefty fork. Now I've got this vanilla, grey boring looking bike that ...
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How to prepare a frame for a new paintjob

I want to have my bike frame repainted. What should I do before I give it to the paint shop? How would they like to have it prepared?