Paint Tips

Recommended Supplies:

  • Isopropyl Alcohol or Low VOC cleaner
  • Lint Free Towels
  • Painters Tape (We prefer 3m Auto-Refinish Masking Tape 388N)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Q-Tips
  • Respirator Mask, Gloves, Hat, Safety Glasses

Prep:

  • Clean frame with alcohol/low voc cleaner
  • Mask areas of frame you don’t want painted
    • Headtube
    • Bottom bracket shell
    • Seat Tube
    • Dropouts
    • Disc Brake Mounts
    • Cable Stops
    • Bottle Cage Bosses
  • Prep and clean your work space
  • Use drop cloth to protect area from overspray
  • Create paint stand with a dowel clamped in a workstand or hang the frame with wire. 

Painting:

  • Shake can for at least 3 minutes before use
  • Plan around the weather, try to paint in temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C) and no more that 75% humidity.
  • Always test your can on something other than frame before every use
  • Spray.Bike can be shot much closer than normal spray paint, we recomend painting around 2-5” away
    • Spraying closer than 2” will greatly increase the chance of runs
    • Spraying father than 5”  will cause the paint to dry before reaching the surface, resulting in a powdery rough surface
  • Be patient, ample dry time will yield the best results
    • Allow a minimum 10 min of dry time before touching and 2 hours to cure
    • Paint will peel off with making if paint has not cured prior to application
    • Allow at least 12 hours of dry time before building up bike
  • Always keep your hand moving anytime your are spraying
  • Rough spots caused from dry powder landing can be polished by rubbing frame down with parchment paper 30min after painting or rubbing with a soft cloth after frame has fully dried

Clear Coats:

  • Spray.Bike Transparent Finish
    • Easy to use
    • Softer finish and will deform rather than chip
    • 1 can for a satin finish •  2 cans for a gloss finish
  • Spray Max 2k Clear (available at most automotive paint stores)
    • Comes with a very long warning label and a scull on the can so DEFINITELY wear a respirator, eye protection and have proper ventilation
    • Read and adhere to manufacturer's label and instructions
    • Uses an activator that creates a much harder finish than pre-mixed and more closely resembles HVLP clear coats
    • Will take significant abuse but will chip instead of deforming