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Painting a frame

pesky_jonespesky_jones Posts: 2,890
edited June 2016 in MTB general
I have stripped all the paint off a transition blindside 2009 (aluminium)

I want to paint it with a spray can

What coats do I need? Primer - colour - finish?

Can anyone recommend a spray can? I was just thinking about one from wilkos/homebase etc.


  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    Spray cans aren't good for mountain bike frames. It'll be badly chipped in no time.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,756
    If you do use cans, you have to do it properly, acid etch primer, topcoat and clearcoat, spray wet on wet (so first coat of colour on damp primer and so on), but it won't be all that tough, although mine lasted OK for 4 years before looking tatty.
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,162
    Easier to get it powder coated to be honest, harder wearing an probably cost about the same once you prime paint an clear coat it.
  • pesky_jonespesky_jones Posts: 2,890
    rough cost of powder coating>
  • Rookie1986Rookie1986 Posts: 153
    Try google, loads of companies do it:-
    Triple S Powder Coatings:-

    Bicycle Parts Price List

    Please note - these prices are for guidance only, and vary from bike to bike, depending on size and condition. We reserve the right to change prices.


    £40.00 Non-metallic

    £56.00 Metallic

    £64.00 Candy


    £18.00 Non-metallic

    £25.20 Metallic

    £28.80 Candy

    A typical adult mountain bike in a non-metallic colour would cost £55

    Hope that helps
  • andcpandcp Posts: 644
    Not saying it will but.....painting as opposed to powder coating is preferable - I believe, metallurgically speaking, alloy frames can suffer from precipitation heat treatment (artificial aging) depending on what temperature the coating/curing process is performed at.
    "It must be true, it's on the internet" - Winston Churchill
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