Way back near the start of this process we got in contact with Gareth at Spray.Bike about his newish to market product for personalisation of our trusty steeds. We had a few colours to play with and now, after months of consideration, we had a go at Helen's bike.
When Gareth's product first arrived we had already completed building the bikes so we had time to think about what we wanted to do. I decided that I would like my bike to start plain and slowly develop over the course of the trip with as many stickers and trinkets and reminders of everywhere we've been as possible. So it was important to me not to change it again since it's going to completely be covered by the end anyway.
Helen, on the other hand, disliked the grey and wanted something much more colourful, even if there was the odd sticker for accompaniment by the end.
Because the bikes were already finished, I had to completely strip Helen's bike straight to the frame but that was OK since we had adjustments to make and extra bits to add anyway. The design changed a lot over the process going from bold lines and lots of colours, to a purple-pink-white fade from front to back.
We were both impressed with how colours were covered by others when the design changed. We sprayed purple over sea-green in one coat. The paint has a very high opacity and it sprays very evenly so covering the original grey and changing our mind was surprisingly easy. We sprayed the bike on our metal balcony (no good for filming so no video) and as you'd expect, the paint got everywhere including inside the flat. BUT. The paint sets within a second or so if it hasn't landed on a surface so, although we were initially worried that there was spray paint on the balcony and floor, it was just dust so it mopped up very easily. You'd genuinely never know it had happened.
It cures pretty quickly so we were able to finish it over the weekend, and that includes three layers of clear coat to help protect the paintwork.
As novice spray painters, we were nervous about how well this would turn out. There was the security of just painting over it all in a solid colour if it all went wrong, but the final design turned out incredibly well and it was so easy to use to get the result you wanted - any badges etc you don't want sprayed, remember to coat them in something like vaseline.
The colour selection is ever expanding and the cans are really affordable. If you've ever wanted to personalise your steed but were afraid of a complicated process... fear no longer. What are you waiting for?
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