At first instance, the thought of spray-painting your bike without leaving any mechanical cock-ups seems like one of those wild get-you-off-your-seats sorts of tricks that gets your magician friends asking you: “How did you do it?”
But then, what you probably don’t know (and you will in the next few minutes to come) is that spray-painting your bike without taking it apart has to be one of the easiest and seamless process—provided you play by the rules.
How To Paint Your Bike Without Having To Take It Apart
Just like most things in life, friendships, relationships, and the things that matter—they can be very ridiculously easy, even exciting to take apart, but excruciatingly tough to assemble correctly.
Bikes are pretty much similar if you think of it. Giving your bike a face-lift with nice and new shiny colors doesn’t mean you have to re-invent the whole wheel—of course, not literally—and not figuratively, for sure.
You can always navigate your way through spraying these spiky angels without needing to take it apart. And the good news? You don’t even have to be wrench-friendly to give your bike a colorful finishing that doubles as an extension of your style, whether a beach cruiser, fancy bike, sports bike, or a recreational bike.
If your bike is peeling due to either wear and tear, or crappy spray paint, this post has set you up for the right path to rejuvenating your bike.
So, for my first (and final) trick, I shall be showing you how to paint your bike without having to take it apart:
The pre-painting phase demands a lot of care because it could make or mar your painting exercise. For instance, if you put a foot wrong by not using tapes to protect places you do not want the paint to get to reach, then you can kiss any prospects of a satisfying and fulfilling painting exercise goodbye.
Get some supplies
Yep. It’s time to get some supplies. The most essential supply without which you can’t perform this task is—no prizes for guessing—yeap! Your paint.
This can only mean one thing—that you must be intentional about the sort of paint you’re going to use for the spray-painting exercise, as much as possible. You can get whichever spray paint of your choice.
Also, ensure that supplies like paint rollers, spray cans, duct tape, aluminum foil (about one roll should do the trick), and of course, also make certain that your spray paint is a darn good one – think clear coat spray. If you want better results, then buy a paint sprayer for beginners. You will complete the task faster and better.
If you’re on a budget, You couldn’t revise using some newspapers, trash bags, and a pretty solid masking tape.
Prep the bike for some spray paint
If your bike has a lot of rust on it, and you want those demons to go off of your pretty two-wheeled angel, a good hack I will recommend here will be to use Coke.
No, not crack/cocaine.
Yes, I mean the famous Coca Cola. It’s as simple as pouring some amount of Coca-Cola on some crumpled aluminum foil and Rub those on the affected parts that you will spray-paint – and viola! There comes your magician friends asking you how you did it again.
Cover your tracks
Well, not covering your tracks exactly, but covering up all of those places you do not intend to paint. To do this, you could use many items. You could make use of masking tape, or duct tape or an aluminum foil to cover up places that you do not want the paint to come into contact with.
There is only so much that tapes can do when it comes to shutting off paint. There are some places where you are really apprehensive about paint spilling towards. For these places, you will need some tailor-made pieces of cardboards to block them off for good. Or you can learn how to use paint shields.
From the spikes to the seats to the handles, foils are also flexible enough to adapt to whatever surface that it is placed on, and this makes it very easy and suited for the job.
You can also be diligent enough to cover up your circumference of the road, or wherever you’re doing this exercise. This is if you’re not doing it in your workshop.
This is one area where I have to calm your fears. If you think you need to be a Leonardo da Vinci to give you a bike a good spray-painting, then think again. What you will need to do, though, is to follow some few tips which I will be showing you:
Make sure that you paint layer by layer.
After the first layer, you should let the paint dry for some time to apply a second layer then.
Also, make sure to transition quickly from side to side
A side-to-side pattern of movement is most suited to your painting. This is because you want to achieve an even layer. It will cut an unpleasant sight for one area to be more colored than the other being the painting superstar wannabe that we are.
Don’t dwell too much on one spot
Concentrating your painting efforts for too long on one spot can make that spot appear more colored or thicker than the others, and this is not what you want. So, it would help if you shared the attention to all areas equally. So, keep it sweet, steady, and like they say—kiss your darlings.
Let the paint dry off
Now you have finished painting, and your bike is a beauty to behold once again. But not so fast, you’re not done yet. You have to let your paint dry off. Like any great thing, this process needs time and demands that you master the virtue of patience.
If you have a lot of time on your hands, especially if you’re doing this at home, you can always leave the paint to dry overnight before you go on to spray the sealer. Also, make sure to keep a rug close by if the spray paint hits places that are not targeted or not protected with the tapes.
After the paint has dried up, then you can proceed to remove the foil, newspapers, duck tape, or masking tapes. That you have already used to cover the areas you want to protect from the paint.
Remove the foil
If you feel like you need to add more coloring to the two layers, you can always feel free to add a third layer if you want.
Get Creative If You Want
You can also then choose to add some aesthetic flair to the already newly painted bike. You could be creative enough to add stickers or other accessories on your bike to add that extra oomph that you may be searching for.
As already seen, there is no one-size-fits-all method when spray-painting your bike. There’s a vast catalog of supplies you can use to get your bike’s spray painting done fast and efficiently. But overall, it is a gratifying experience.
The entire process costs around just below xxx$ bucks. In this day and age, that’s cheap as chips if you ask me—when you think about the reward—a shiny, nicely painted bike that mirrors your style and your aesthetic flair.
The level of detail you need to apply to get the job done can be an awful lot. But once you get it right, by using the tips we have shown you, your bike’s fresh as mint, you will be happy with yourself, and your bike as well.