12 June 2012

How To Tuesday // Paint your bike!

I bought this bike from a girl I work with for very cheap before she left for South America. It's a great little machine, but I've always wanted a pastel bike. I figured since I bought it for so cheap I'd try painting it a new colour.

It's ridiculously simple!

Here's what you'll need:

Spray paint.
Spray Varnish.

And that's it!

(Optional: Sanding your bike... you can sand the metal parts of your bike before covering it in spray paint. It stops drips and helps the paint adhere to the metal better. But you need to be very, very careful and use a mask when doing this. If you do decide to do this step I'd advise that you look for a decent, safe post. I wanted to try it while skipping this part and it worked fine without it, even with stickers on the bike!)

One can of paint is more than enough.
Please remember to use a ventilated area or go outside. I used the painting area in the car park of my studio.
The paint I used was Montana Black E2E Green, and the varnish was  Montana Gold 400ml Varnish Matte (also comes in gloss).

And here's what you do:

Cover all the parts you don't want to paint with newspaper and tape. Things like the wheels, pedals, saddle, handlebars and especially the chain... you really don't want to get spray paint on the chain because it will mess up the oil on it. Also cover the floor or any near by objects.

Start spraying in quick, short bursts. Don't hold down the cap and spray for lengthy periods, this will cause drips and make your aim less accurate.

Cover your entire bike.

Allow the paint to dry fully before you remove the paper or else face smudges! It shouldn't take more than an hour for it to dry, depending on how ventilated the area is. I was relatively outside so it only took 20 minutes for the bike to be touch dry. Once the paper is removed fill in all the little spots that the paper prevented you from reaching.

Ta da! 
Once it's dry start with a coat of varnish to seal it. This stops things like rain from stripping off the paint.

Repeat the same process with the colour as with the varnish. Because this is clear you don't need paper to protect the parts you don't want painted, except for the chain - always cover that.

Wait for it to be touch dry and then bring it for a cycle, this will help the varnish set faster and you'll get to show off your pretty bike.

Isn't it so much prettier and brighter?

I absolutely love this colour! 
As you may have noticed I also painted the helmet. I'm still planning a design for it so I'll be back with a tutorial on that later.

If you're planing on painting your bike please send me a link! I'd love to see it, especially the colour :D

Aoife x


  1. So pretty! would love o do this to my bike!

  2. That's such a good idea, and I love that colour too =)

  3. Great colour you chose!


  4. So cute! I don't even own a bike but now I want one so I can spray paint it pastel and add a basket. Crazy:)

    Pink Chai Style

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  6. This color is awesome! Great job!

  7. Love that pastel green :) the matching helmet is awesome too. xo L

  8. I just love your mint green color! It's just gorgeous, and I'm definitely envious over your new/fun bike :)

  9. Gaaah that bike is so cute! Love it!
    xo Heather

  10. Recently purchased a second hand dutch bike and have been DESPERATE to paint it but always thought it would be too tricky! This is just the push I need to do it :) Will tweet a pic!

  11. Hi Aofie! You did a wonderful transformation on your bike! The color you chose seem to reflect your personality. It honestly made your bike look very light and easy to handle. Good thing your materials were easy to use.

    Tim Rouze

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