Bike Painting Videos

Hello! For the obvious reason I’ve found more time to spend/waste on youtube. I stumbled upon this painter called Martin Grey who runs a painting/repair studio called ETOE (http://www.etoe.de) The videos are entertaining on their own and I like the guy’s presenting style. I’m also a little tempted to try painting a bike frame off the back of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsD3E0b6mko

Pros: Most materials easily available in Europe and reasonably priced, even including a paint suit and spray mask (reasonably priced compared to say, swanky wheels).
Cons: Two days of sanding; bye bye fingerprints. (Not in this video but in others) You either need a ventilated spray booth, or outdoor space after it rains to get the dust out of the air for best results; spraying indoors is a considerable explosion risk :sweat_smile:. Obviously it looks a lot easier than it is, this guy is an expert with years of experience.

Anyway, have you tried painting a bike? What was the outcome?

ETOE videos/bike are nice with a full pro setup.

Checkout spray.bike for the diy approach

Custom spray mods (on youtube) is also good for painting techniques.

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Thanks for the recommendations!


Last year I revamped the hand me down bike from daughter number 1 to daughter number 2 using the spray bike stuff. We all had lots of fun doing it, there’s loads of things on line to help and she ended up with a truly unique bike that she’d helped design and create. She chose all the colours too.
It isn’t that hard to use this stuff and doesn’t require as much prep as you’d think. Just make sure you plan. I’ve attached a couple of pics to give some idea of what we were working towards.

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And I’m going to do my old gravel bike over the next few weeks. :grin:

Its nice to be different.

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Nice! Did you use masking tape for the stencilling? Cool effect.

Cheers. It was a bit of a risk but I used the spray bike stuff. Good rub down of frame and forks with 600 wet and dry. Coat of white then red with orange and yellow splat fades. Then 3mm masking tape. Then coat of black and couple of coats of clear with a rub down of much finer wet and dry before and after the clear coats. Made a couple of mistakes but passed a weekend with bored daughters. :grin:
This is a pick of the bike before masking. We hadn’t decided on the extent of the masking at this point.


Also did fork first…
It is kinda fun to have a go…

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Just going to build it back up… Put forks on and it looks like this…

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I will say the guy on the ETOE makes it look doable although you can tell he is well practiced. I am going to give it a shot. I have an old repaired frame that I was going to piece together with bin parts. My son designated it Frankenbike, so that will be the theme. Stay tuned.

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Go for it. You could have lots of fun or a complete mare. :grin:
Plan ahead and take it easy. Top tip - don’t rush.

Came across this the other day, might give this a go. Seems less intrusive and permanent than stripping and painting the entire frame.

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True and it does look good.
As my frame no longer looked good paint seemed the easiest way to cover it all though having seen this I’m impressed.
Not sure if this is a carbon or alloy frame that he wrapped.
If you give it a go let me know how it turns out…?

Cool styles! I definitely got some inspiration :man_artist: Thanks!

Well, inspired by this post I took a shot at a paint job. I had a repaired frame and a basket of parts that my son and I used to cobble up a Frankenbike for him. We painted the base red, applied temporary vinyl cut on a Cricut machine, painted it green and then removed the vinyl. It is tricky to get the edges of the paint smooth when the vinyl is peeled. You have to balance peeling it dry enough not to smear and wet enough not to peel. But it is something I would try again. The key lesson for me was that every defect and struggle came from not being patient. My son is happy with it.



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I absolutely love this!!!