Say you have a bike that needs a fresh new look but don’t want to make it look worse by rattle-canning it with the wrong kind of paint… or because just like most of us, you have no clue what you’re doing when it comes to repainting a bike . That’s why Spray.Bike came up with a simple solution that makes painting a bike much easier and pretty
fool run proof.
Check out how it works along with some samples and a cool video of some of the Spray.Bike “masterpieces”…
I’ve painted everything from school projects to motorcycle exhaust and have even “painted” a couple of frames… one of which was an old Schwinn I did a yellow to red fade on like the unique paint scheme of a Serotta Colorado… my unreachable dream bike. It looked pretty good from about 50 yards away while moving, but needless to say, it had more runs than a pair of hose running through a briar patch, and ended up chipping every time you looked at it a bit too hard.
So Spray.Bike came up with a rather unique solution, tailored just for bikes. Okay sure, you can use it on anything, but anyone that has ever painted a frame understands how difficult it is to get every nook and cranny covered without over doing it, and causing the paint to run. An acrylic based paint, Spray.Bike comes out in a powder-like form and drys to the touch almost instantly, (though you still want it to let it dry for a couple of hours so it properly adheres). This is what keeps it from running as it really doesn’t stay in a liquid form long enough to gather and run. Just a little prep time is needed, as the paint will stick to about any raw or painted surface, though they do recommend scuffing up the really smooth clear coat of a newer bike.
Spray.Bike comes in over 60 colors from your standards and some classics, to some eye-burning fluorescents. They even sell a structural putty you can fill in larger dents with and a spray on putty for scratches or chips that you can sand down for a smooth surface.
Spray.Bike even makes stenciling pretty easy since you’re working with a product that is almost dry on contact. Here they used a sort of mesh stencil that makes something of a snakeskin pattern. Check out this video on how they did it.
Even if you just want one simple uniform color, the paint seems to lay on really smoothly. I don’t think anyone is going to be doing their NAHBS bike in this, but for the do-it-yourself’ers, this might be something you want to keep on the shelf. Who wants to do “team bikes”?