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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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Scratch or crack in alloy headtube?

I was going over my bike in preparation for the season, and noticed these marks on both sides of the bottom side of head tube, near the weld to the down tube. I can't find any other marks on the bike ...
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How do I remove paint from my bike [duplicate]

I have a shimona, I wanted to take all the paint off and paint it a color I want, but I can’t take the paint off, I’ve tried a sander, but it takes soooo long is there. Quicker way? Thanks in advance
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Protect chipping frame from metal bike lock with Sugru

What's the best method to stop a Kryptonite Mini d-lock scratching/chipping an aluminium frame? Stickers have already been applied as a first layer of protection. Is there something similar to the ...
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Is it safe to polish aluminum rims?

Everyone loves polished aluminum, but you typically have to pay a good 30% more for it vs. any other finish. Since polishing is a simple process requiring widely-available tools, I thought I could ...
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What to consider when repainting fork from black to white [duplicate]

My beautiful road bike was in an accident which bent the fork. It gets replaced with a black fork which doesn't match the rest of the bike (creme colored). Now I want to attempt to repaint it. Is ...
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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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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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painting a machined rim

I have purchased a handbuilt rear wheel that will be used with a disc brake and never with a rim brake (it has a 6 bolt hub). The rim is a mavic a719. The rim is anodized black but the machined part (...
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Damaged paint on fork dropouts (magnesium) – is it dangerous?

I've noticed that paint on my Reba fork peels off near quick release dropouts. The lowers are made of magnesium according to RS website. Should I regard it as a cosmetic issue only, or is it in any ...
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New steel frame, paint issue -- options?

I've bought a new chromoly tourer. It's a very nice bike but I noticed (while on a rather wet ride the other day) a loose flake of paint that fell off when I touched it. It's on a rack-mounting lug, ...
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How do I degloss my shiny bike?

I have a Tomasso Sterrata. I love the bike, but I don't love the paint job. I think I would like the paint job more if it weren't so glossy. (This year's model has a matte finish of course, but I ...
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When to add decals

I am in the process of restoring an old road bike and want to give the bike a fresh coat of paint. I plan to sand it down, prime, paint and than add some sort of clear coat finish to protect the paint ...
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Investing into a fixed bike [closed]

Well, two weeks ago I bought this fixed-gear bike and although it was my first time buying one of its kind, I considered it was cheap. Problem here is that when I tried to search for any clue of the ...
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