The last few months have inspired many people to get back on their bikes and although we are heading in to the colder months, the number of new bike lanes popping up around the UK means the trend is set to continue.

Perhaps you have a bike in your garage that has seen better days and you want to give it a new coat of paint, or maybe you have a bike in your family that has been handed down to a younger child who doesn’t like the colour. The good news is Pintyplus spray paints are perfect for this kind of job, allowing you to get even coverage and a professional Hard-wearing finish.

If you are thinking of taking on this project, here’s our step by step guide.

Please note the video below has been produced by our Spanish partners, but there is no Spanish spoken in the video.

How to paint your bike with spray paint

Step 1 Disassemble the bike for stripping and sanding

To get the best finish with any paint job it is always necessary to spend a bit of time on preparation (we know this is the boring part, but trust us, it’s worth doing!) With this project we advise you to disassemble your bike, removing the wheels and chain and stripping the bike back to just the frame.  

Next we advise to sand the surface of the frame and use paint stripper on the parts that you are going to spray with the paint. We recommend the Greenox spray paint stripper, It is a low toxicity active Eco-friendly spray paint remover for industrial use, but it is perfect for materials such as a bicycle.

Try to sand the surface as well: this is important to avoid imperfections and for the paint to adhere better and for the result to be professional.

Step 2 Primer for the bike

Primer is important when we are preparing objects like a bicycle, usually when they are not used they are in a shed or garage, places where the paint is easily knocked or scratched. Primer ensures that the colour layer that is applied Adheres to the surface well so that you don’t Find yourself having to touch up the bike after two days! We advise using our Forge Paint which is a two in one aerosol primer and paint Designed for metal and perfect for an easy, fast and professional application.

Step 3 Design

This step should be before the first two, but, plan how you want the finish of your project to look, so you can paint the bike step by step. To do this, we recommend you draw a rough sketch and think about which layer of paint you want to apply first and how and where you will apply your masking tape.

If you want to paint the handlebar in two different colors, cover a part of the handlebar, paint it in one color, wait to dry, remove the adhesive tape from the covered area and do the same but in reverse. In this way you can paint in two colors without staining the other. Ensure you choose the right masking tape too, you want “delicate” tape which won’t stick too firmly to newly painted surfaces.

Next it is important that you select a paint that is adherent, that works for the material that your bike is made of and that allows easy and professional coverage. For this, our flagship product is Pintyplus EVOLUTION spray paint.

Step 4 Apply Varnish

To protect the paint you can apply a layer of varnish for greater protection, but if you have used the paint primer and used a paint like Pintyplus EVOLUTION, the paint already has enough adhesion to withstand the use you give the bike.

Step 5 Ride the bike

The last step and the fun part…. put all the parts of the bike back together and once all the paint is dry, you can enjoy your renewed bike.