Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Painting step 3: actually painting

After applying two coats of the main color, I used painter's tape and newspaper to block certain areas, and applied a coat of accent color:

Tadaaaa! Sweet, now I'll let it dry for a couple of days and do the pin striping around the lugs, and between the colors.

Meanwhile I have to put a coaster brake on the back wheel, and clean and all those parts before they go back on.

Go to step 4

Painting step 2: Sanding and Priming

After a thorough cleaning and sanding of the frame with fine sandpaper, I applied a coat of self etching primer:

Go to step 3

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Painting step 1: take your bike apart

This is the bike I selected for repainting: a Raleigh Super Record, already converted into a single speed, and with a homemade disc wheel. Great bike, but it can surely afford some cosmetic improvement. My plan is to repaint the frame, put a coaster brake on the back wheel, and stencil the disc wheel.

First I take it completely apart, stuffing the parts into plastic bags and into a box, so I don't loose anything.

Only the frame and the fork remain, it's ready for preping:

Go to step 2