Guide To Repainting a Steel Frame
So you have an old steel frame and want to repaint it so it looks fresh and new?
- Bare metal primer
- Sandable primer
- Spray paint
- Clear coat spray (optional)
- Sandpaper (80 grit, 220 grit, and 400 grit)
1. Remove any components so you are down to just the frame.
2. Sand off any loose paint and rough up the surface so it’s dull.
Use a bare metal primer on any areas where the paint is gone completely.
Then use a good sandable primer or filler primer to coat everything else.
(Primer is not necessary unless you are down to bare metal or need to paint over a very dark color.)
4. Sand again.
Use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the primer.
Now you can paint the frame.
If there are any imperfections, you can sand with a very fine grit (400 or 800) sandpaper between coats.
6. Clear coat.
A clear coat to make things extra shiny and protected is optional.
7. Let dry.
Try to let your frame dry at least one week before reassembly and riding.
* Dry times depend on the paint used. *