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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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How do I fix scratches that go into an aluminium frame?

After doing a very bad job at transporting my aluminium-framed mountain bike on a horrible bicycle rack, it ended up with some nasty scratches. These are not surface scratches; they go into the metal. ...
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Painting Chromoly Steel

I was trying to paint my bare chromoly steel bicycle frame and fork. I sanded the frame and fork with 120 grit sandpaper to give it a slightly rough surface for the paint to adhere to. I used a quick-...
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Clear coat on top of old paint in order to preserve it/frame?

Using nail polish to touch-up scratched/rusted frames is more or less well-known (cf. Girls Biking to Work), but recently a hobbyist restorer of old bikes told me that you can "just apply clear coat ...
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How to clean a grimy old bike frame?

It's a 1950s eatons glider , used to be my great uncles. Sat in the garage since the 80s and now it's mine. Finally. Haha , but the paint just won't clean up. I've tried soap and water with a ...
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Website for getting bike-specific touchup paints?

A while ago I came across a website that did touchup pens for a catalogue of old bikes, but I can't seem to find it now. I have a specific old bike that I want to check if they have, before I go to ...
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Why are post ~'80s bike finishes so “dull”?

It seems that (with some notable exceptions) bikes from about the '80s and earlier seem to have more pleasing finishes than later bikes-- is there a verifiable reason for this, either economically or ...
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How can I paint a kryptonite key?

I now have 4 kryptonite keys on my key ring that I carry around for my family. These are the ones with a black plastic bulb on the key's bow. In order to make my life easier, I would like to paint ...
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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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Spraying frame of GT Transeo

I've got a GT Transeo 1.0 bike (bought in 2011 or 2010 as best as I can remember) and I'd like to try painting the frame to get rid of some (very minor) surface rust and paint damage. I've read a ...
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Renovating bike, are there addon to make the rims look thicker? [closed]

I have an older road bike and I am looking to renovate it. The rims on my wheels are pretty thin, and I very much like the look of deeper rim wheels. Can I produce this effect without buying new ...
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Repaint over a pink bike [duplicate]

My son is now 6 years old and has outgrown his small bike. There is a bike available from his elder sister but it is pink colour. This pink bike might work for him for a year or two before he outgrows ...
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How to identify lead paint?

I'm starting renovation work on an old bicycle. One of the things I want to do is a new paint job. I guess before that I'll need to sand the current paint off the frame. So I bought sandpaper. On the ...
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How to polish carbon frames?

My carbon frame has some slight scratches and some black gunk around the seat stays. What is the best way to polish the frame to bring it back to its original appearance? I was thinking of using a ...
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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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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 it'...
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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 I'...
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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 decals....
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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, I'...
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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. How ...