How To: Make Over an Old Bike
My friend had a classic beach bike that she rode around town every day for years. It is a good bike with great style, but when she came back from college, it went to pasture in the yard. The hibiscus decals that were once fun were now faded, and a perfectly good ride sat collecting weeds.
In one weekend we completely transformed her dull and faded beach cruiser into a shiny bike fit for a ride in the Milky Way. I used Krylon spray paint with an anodized finish to give it a gleaming green to blue fade. The Krylon X-Metal effect is achieved by starting with the X-Metal Converter. It lays down a very sparkly base coat. The X-Metal colors themselves are a sheer over-layer and together, they have an out-of-this-world effect.
And of course, her white walls were just begging for a coat of glow-in-the-dark paint. The Glowz Brush-On Paint shines brightly in the dark when its been exposed to light. Dramatic silver streamers were the final touch to make over this bike from beach cruiser to space cruiser!


2 cans Krylon X-Metals Basecoat Converter
2 cans Krylon X-Metals Green
2 cans Krylon X-Metals Blue
1 can Krylon Glowz
Paint brush
Painter’s tape
Plastic bags
Small container with oil
Razor blade
Paper towels
Mylar ribbon

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  • f1ymetothemoon

    Thank you! I’m going to try this with my adult trike and purty it up!

  • Lish Dorset

    Tell me more, f1ymetothemoon…