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How-To: Spray bike makeover

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Learn to strip down and repaint an old bike in this CRAFT project sponsored by Krylon. MAKE staffer Sheena Stevens shows off the made-over Space Cruiser in the pic above! Brookelynn Morris writes:

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.

The project has a handy PDF to get you going.

10 thoughts on “How-To: Spray bike makeover

  1. The front fork is bent inward, it should be changed for a safer ride.

    I may add that the authors of that tutorial should have taken apart the whole bike, not just the saddle and wheels. Painting over the headset bearings and crankset is not a good job at all.

  2. Carefully considering the “be nice” comment policy, I have to say the paint colors they chose are pretty.

    But doesn’t a bike that has sat outside gathering weeds deserves more TLC than a quick respray? It’s pretty easy to strip a single-speed bike like that fully – the headset and bottom bracket are easy, and a chain breaker is relatively cheap. You could even repack the front hub easily, but the rear coaster-brake is trickier to pull apart and reassemble.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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