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Paint is the hard coating on the outside of bike frames that protects the metal below from rust.

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Remove glue residue after sticker removal

After removing a sticker from frame I have layer of glue residue left that can't be removed even when using brake cleaner or WD-40. Only scrubbing for 10 minutes nonstop removes it. Is there an easier ...
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Is this a serious paint defect?

I am about to receive a bike and the shop has informed me of the following (cosmetic, they claim) paint defect: Since I don't have a lot of experience, is this something that might chip off? Or is ...
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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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How to remove deep scratches from Shimano Dura-Ace crank?

I'm not sure if a lot of people do this, but I want to remove scratches from my Shimano Dura-Ace crank (caused by a slipped chain). The way I want to do it is to repaint the crank (just the chipped ...
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What color can I spray on top my green bike?

I want to do this without having to remove/strip having to strip paint from the frame which is already flaking off slowly.
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Bike Paint White Dots - What Are they? Can they be fixed?

I cleaned my bike and now I see these white dots on my paint. Anyone know what they are? Can they be fixed,e.g. buffed out? Thanks
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Is it safe to strip paint + polish an aluminum handlebar or seatpost? Will this affect their diameter?

This is for aesthetic only. I would like to change the look of my aluminum black handlebar and seatpost. First, I would sand them with a wire wheel + sand paper to remove paint. Then, I would polish ...
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Bike fell down on rocks, how to fix handle scratches

Today I left my bike near others, and one of them fell on the rest, causing me this: Some of you may say it's a little scratch, but I really care about my bike and it's a big drama to me. Especially ...
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Carbon damage to frame after sideway fall

Today, I went out for a ride and had a small crash. I fell down sideways, then came home and realized there’s a small paint chip (which i’m fine with it) but there’s a small dot which is the deeper ...
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Why are aluminum frames painted at all?

After reading about how complex is to paint a bicycle frame, I wonder, why is this done at all? Steel frame obviously needs painting as it may rust. Aluminum or say titanium does not rust in similar ...
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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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Carbon or paint crack

Does this crack look cosmetic or structural to you? It's tiny hairline thick. UPDATE: I took the bike to trek store and their technician looked at it (I think he simply did tap test) and said he ...
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Worried about chip in carbon road bike frame

I am planning to get a second hand medium range road bike and this is the first full carbon road bike I'm getting. However, upon checking the bike, I can see there is a surface chipping on the top ...
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Is it okay to use acrylic paint on hydraulic shimano brake levers?

I got a new hardtail 2 months ago and over the past few days I've been thinking of ways to make it "my own." I thought of painting a design on the brake levers with acrylic paint but am not ...
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How bad/deep is this chip on a carbon fiber bike frame?

Does it cut into the fiber or just some paint chip?
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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, I'...
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Long term durability of surface coatings for frames and parts

I'm trying to determine the best coating or combination of coatings for bicycles that I'm refurbishing. Along with other elements of making these bikes weatherproof (full chaincases, fenders, water ...
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Carbon Fibre Bike Re spray

I have a carbon fibre bike that i am looking to get re sprayed I have found a powder coating company near me Profin can you actually paint fibre or will it need to be wet sprayed??
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Repainting a crankset

I have a silver/grey painted FSA tempo crankset with some scratches and fading, I wanted to know how I would go about re painting, e.g. would I need to sand back down to bare metal or just sand off ...
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How to identify if a frame has a durable paint job?

Context I currently have a Merida Speeder 200 which I use as my everyday bike with a chain lock (mandated by the insurance). When (un)locking, the chain may sway around and hit the frame, chipping of ...
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Best way to clean powder coat overspray

I have a BMX frame that has overspray from a powder coating job on one of the v-brake posts, impeding the rotation of the arm back to the original position. Assuming the idea would be to gently sand ...
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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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Areas to mask when painting a bike

This summer, I'm going to buy a BMX bike because I've wanted one for a while, and I have zero self control. I'm going to paint it because first off, the color is kinda boring, and second, spray ...
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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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Removing spray paint to reveal frame's factory paint job

I have a frame that I'd like to sell. To avoid it being stolen, I covered it in tape and spray paint. I rode it for 5 years in London and this worked very successfully. However, I'd like to make it ...
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What type of paint to use for a bike frame

What's the best type of paint to use for painting bike frames, it's steel if that makes a difference? I want to do a custom paint job and mix a few colours in a gradient effect. Should I use enamel ...
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Name of colour of paint on Kink Volte BMX

I am looking for the color name for restoration on my kink volte? serial # aca10e001651 Any ideas would help. I'm hitting a brick wall with google.
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Painting for mudguard is needed!

I want my mudguard(for cycle) in style but I don't have paint. When I search web it is very costly. Can I do it with water colour or fabric painting? Or there is any other paint but it should be ...
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Should I rather treats single spots to conserve the original paint or go for a repaint with a restoration project?

I'm working on a '76 Peugeot PL8/E and am debating whether I should leave the paint as is, give all the small spots manual treatment or try to restore by getting it repainted/decaled. There are some ...
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Paintjobs Colors

I have a 1983 miyata 310 Sport Touring bicycle. After searching the internet , It has a dark platinum on the frame. I'm trying to find some type of touchup paint that will match the original dark ...
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Is is safe to use WD40 as a matte paint protector for a carbon bike?

I like to take care of my bicycle and clean it regularly. After a deep clean I would use Muc-Off Bike Protect to protect and preserve the matte paintwork. This works, but is pretty expensive. I do ...
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Aluminum fork: paint defect or sign of strained?

I know there's a lot of question regarding paint defect or crack. But I need your opinion about this. Recently, I bought new bike but discounted and it's the last piece of it. On the back of the ...
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Paint bicycle keeping stickers

I have seen a used bicycle for me to buy, which has got me mainly interested, but I don't like the fact it is white. Is it possible to paint it another color keeping the stickers? Thanks.
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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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What is the proper way to paint a bicycle?

I started a while back 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 to just paint the frame) ...
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Is it possible to change a painted frame into a chromish one?

I have a fixed gear bike and I'd like to give him a fresh start. It's all painted in blue and I'd like to know if it's possible to obtain the chromish color on the links between the tubes (it's an old ...
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How to treat rust spots on a steel frame without stripping the paint completely?

I have a 1974 steel French road frame and most of the original paint is still intact. However, there’re quite many 1-2 cm surface rust spots. I also recently had one of the lugs partly re-brazed and ...
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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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Removing powder paint from threads

Bought a aluminum frame with rear suspension, got it sanded and powder paint. While they matched the color perfectly, it's smooth and evenly distributed BUT UNFORTUNATELY totally forgot to cover any ...
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Is chemical stripping as good as bead-blasting to prepare a steel frame for repainting?

I have a rather nice old hand-built 531 frame and fork that I'd like to have repainted. Some companies offer bead-blasting to prepare it, but others offer chemical stripping. Is this as good as bead-...
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Cracks in paint on aluminum frame

I noticed some small cracks in the paint on my aluminum frame bike. The cracks are clustered around the rear brake boss, and only on one side (NDS). The bike is from 2011 and has been ridden over 10,...
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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?
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Restore rusted chrome forks?

I'm restoring an old bike. I have removed two layers of paint on the forks to reveal the original chrome on the forks. Unfortuantly they have rusted, and it looks like it has gone through the chrome ...
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Where did I go wrong with this frame painting procedure?

I just painted a bike frame (steel) with the steps outline below. However, every glancing contact with a rough surface immediately strips paint from the frame and I can see the metal shining through. ...
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Can someone help me identify the bike frame?

I have had this frame for a while now and I would like to restore it to its original look. The person who sold it to me said that its a Sintezi, but that sounds wrong to me, all I know about it that ...
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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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Are bike frames galvanized

I'm sorry for the stupid question, but I have a primer that works on steel but specifically says to avoid galvanized metals. I don't really know how to tell if a metal is galvanized or what use-cases ...
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Best places to put protective clear stickers

I want to protect the new paint of my bicycle, so I'm thinking of putting some transparent stickers to the most prone to scratch areas of the frame. But what are the most prone to scratch areas?
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Bike repainting options

I'm based in Oxford and I have a classic Triumph steel cruising bike. I am a complete amateur when it comes to paintwork and I wanted to ask the community here a few quick questions if possible. The ...
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Painting the rims of single speed bike

I've recently purchased my first fixed gear bike from another rider and the rims have faded from orange to pink and I was hoping to restore it back to orange. However, after looking online, it doesn't ...