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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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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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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. How ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are most bikes' paint jobs not as durable as they used to be?

I am asking specifics in a few posts so as to not get into discussions. Consider this a continuation of bike quality for the price. I find the paint job on my bike to be nice but very thin and fragile....
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