Painting Aluminum Bicycle Frame
I have an aluminum frame bicycle that I would like to paint a different color. Although I think there is a protective coat over the original paint job and I am not sure the paint will stick to it, or ruin the bikes look. What should I do to prepare the bike for painting and what kind of paint should I use?
I hope I can get some help.Sean Kloczkowski
- Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA
The question is; what did you finally do about the old paint. Did you use a solvent or did you sand it?
- Boulder, Colorado
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- Wakefield, Rhode Island
June 23, 2008
Hi, Robert. Waxes, oil, and general dirt will wreck paint adhesion, but I don't think a clear coat will. Maybe try wiping with Acetone [linked by editor to product info at Amazon], then washing with detergent, then a quick light sanding of whatever is easily accessible. Good luck.
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey
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