PAINTING TIPS

Recommended Supplies:

  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Lint Free Towels
  • Blue Painters Tape (We prefer ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Exterior Surfaces 2097)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Q-Tips
  • Respirator Mask, Gloves, Hat, Safety Glasses

    Prep:

    • Clean frame with denatured alcohol and lint free towels 
    • 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
      • A clean work space will help avoid contamination
    • Use drop clothes to protect area from overspray
    • Create paint stand or hang frame
      • Prop frame with wooden dowel clamped in an old workstand
      • Hang from hook or fixtured using old metal clothes hanger
    • Clean frame again

    Painting:

    • Plan ahead, temperature and weather play a big role
      • Paint in temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C) and no more that 75% humidity.
      • Avoid windy weather, it can create contamination while the paint is curing
    • Always test spray can away from frame before every use
      • Cans will occasionally spray clear or spit for a few seconds especially if not mixed thoroughly
    • 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 at least 20 min of dry time before adding layers of masking
      • 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 at a steady even pace anytime your are spraying
    • Rough spots caused from dry powder landing can be polished by rubbing frame down with wax 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
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