i've been planning on taking my bike apart and giving it a good clean and a fresh coat of paint before i move back for a while now. since i literally couldn't get anywhere in rural ohio on a bicycle anyway, it'll give me enough time to let the paint really dry properly. and now that it's starting to get nice out (sort of) it's warm enough to do the work outside. you can't really see my old paint from the pictures, but it was a matte black covered in burning witch and khanate stickers. and it was named nergel.
first, take your bike apart. generally if you have even the most basic bike tools (hex keys, wrench) you can get off almost everything (wheels, saddle, handlebars, brakes). if you don't have the tools or don't know how to take off your crank and bottom bracket, take it to a bike shop and ask nicely. it only takes a few minutes so they probably won't even charge you (so make sure to stock up on tubes or buy something as a thank-you for their time).
|my brother came out to help. it was much appreciated.|
it took about two hours altogether from start to finish. i'm probably going to start sanding later this week. i've got a lot of ideas on how i'd like to paint it. i bought some inkjet vinyl sheets to make stencils should i decide to do an all-over pattern. decisions, decisions!