Painting A Bike Frame

painting a bike frame
    bike frame
  • A bicycle frame is the main component of a bicycle, on to which wheels and other components are fitted. The modern and most common frame design for an upright bicycle is based on the safety bicycle, and consists of two triangles, a main triangle and a paired rear triangle.
  • graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"
  • creating a picture with paints; "he studied painting and sculpture for many years"
  • the act of applying paint to a surface; "you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"
  • The process or art of using paint, in a picture, as a protective coating, or as decoration
  • A painted picture

Polished Bike Frame
Polished Bike Frame
'00 Gary Fisher SuperCaliber race frame, size small (15.5") The frame was bead blasted in '00, removing all the paint, except what you see on the right chainstay. Once a year, I like to polish it, just to get rid of oxidation and embedded dirt, and to make it look shiny and new again. This time around, I decided to take everything off the frame, as opposed to my typical method of just moving the cables out of the way and polishing whatever I can get to. I started with '00' synthetic steel wool, then followed with '0000' steel wool. For the final shine, I used aluminum polishing compound. It's not a mirror shine, but only because I don't want it to be; I prefer a shiny, brushed finish.
Painted frame
Painted frame
Have finally got around to spraying the frame. All went reasonably well with no obvious streaks. About 10 seconds from finishing up the second can I was trying to get to a slightly intricate area and accidentally nudged some of the wet paint with my nuckle. Not pleased, but hopefully the mark should blend in after a little sanding and the next coat, which I hope to apply within the next few weeks.

painting a bike frame
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