I made this little site because I decided to paint my mountain bike with spray paint cans. There are plenty of tutorials online for painting cars but not so many for painting your own bike. I created this with the intention that you may learn from my mistakes and perhaps perfect the process. Painting a bike is fun and gives you that special feeling that you have something that no one else does!
In the following pages, I’ll go over:
I’m an avid mountain biker that lives in Utah. I recently broke some welds on my old ten year old full-suspension frame. Instead of coughing up a few grand for a new frame which I couldn’t afford or trying to get someone to patch together the old frame, I decided to grab this cheap solid-tailframe from pricepoint.com.
Now, some of you bike snobs may think you can’t get a quality frame for under a $100.. but after doing some research on mtbr.com, I decided this might not be such a horrible idea. I also ran the idea by a couple of my friends at the local bike shop (LBS) and they said most bikes are made in the same two factories in Tawain anyway, so there is a good chance it may be coming from a manufacturing plant that was producing some of the big name frames.
So, I was set. Except…
I wasn’t really thrilled to have a plain black bike. I wanted to spice it up a bit. Besides, I was dying to have a creative project on the side and according to the reviews on mtbr.com, the paint was crappy anyway and had a tendency to chip.
As I started contemplating the prospects of painting the bike frame, I remember an article a car buff friend of mine showed me. It was about how some guy
decided to repaint his car entirely with Rustoleum paint. It turns out there are a lot of youtube videos and tutorials that are pretty much in-line with this tutorial for car painting with both the paint on version of Rustoleum and the spray paint version.