And Then She Became A New Bike
This is part two of three in the Chronicles of Repainting A Bike. For post one, click here.
After her disassembly, she was taken to Jasons’ parents’ garage for painting.
We spent a lot of time over there during this whole process (thanks for all the free food, in laws!).
Step one: Set up the workstation
Step two: Sand the bike, get rid of those decals.
COST: Very little. He still had some fancy-pants tool from his stint as a car mechanic, so he only had to buy some sandpaper ($15). Double-lucky, his dad own an air compressor, which powered the sanding tool!
Step Three: Primer the bike
COST: He already had a mask so the costs were: Primer paint ($11); Paint gun ($10); and paint thinner ($7).
Step Four: Paint the base coat (i.e., main color)
COST: Acrylic latex paint ($13)
And here’s where it got frustrating. The first coat of paint was supposed to be the main color of the bike, and I instructed him to paint it in my favorite color. I gave him several examples of my favorite color. Example A: handlebar tape. Example B: An acrylic paint color I have. Example C: my glasses.
When he came home the night after painting it, he seemed worried and anxious about the color. It was not as “bold” or “deep” as we wanted, and “looks when when the sun hits it.” He also didn’t like the type of paint, either. The latex paint was too clumpy and didn’t spray very well. An oil-based paint would be better.
The pictures he showed me didn’t make me feel much better, either. It was the wrong color, I declared! We then spent nearly two hours going over colors and designs that night. I decided that I needed to see the color in person, and then go with him when he bought the next color paint.
Step Five: Inspect the progress. Make changes and/or receive approval from owner to move forward.
COST: Time and worry
I was happy when I saw the bike in person. She looked good. It was a nice color, but I agreed that it would not work as the main color. Plan B was enacted. This color would now be part of the design that was going on the bike.
Step Six: Purchase other paint colors.
COST: Black paint ($8), and Teal ($17)
Step Seven: Paint the bike and mourn over any ruined clothing.
Stay tuned for the reassembly and big reveal!