The paint or color of a bike is always important. Because no matter how much attracting or developed the design and other functions of a decent road bike are, if we don’t like the color, we tend to skip to another bike. But no matter how much we get fond of the shiny, glossy color of our bike, after a period of frequent use, bike paints or powder coating get faded or damaged. Naturally, it makes us upset by seeing the poor condition of our bike’s paint.
But there’s always an option for repainting a bike for a better look and cover up the rust spots. Many biker rider, especially those who are professional and riding superior bikes for a long time, regularly repaint their bike. While repainting a bike, you can either do it yourself or seek from any bike painting service providers. And then the question arises how much it’d cost to repaint a bike? Well, you’re going to find out soon.
Cost of Repainting a Bike
There’s no fixed cost of repainting a bike, whether you do it yourself through a serviceman. But seeking help from a serviceman will surely cost more to powder coat or repaint a bike than doing it by yourself.
- One or two can of paint (liquid paint)
- One can of primer or clear coat
- Steel wool
- Heavy-duty paint thinner
All these things will cost you $100-$150. But if you have some of the ingredients already at your home, it’d cost less. The cost can increase depending on the quality of the paint. A heavy quality chemical paint for your old steel frame may cost you $200-$230, even though you do it by yourself.
And if you don’t want to go through all these hassles, you can go to a bike painting service provider. Surely it’d cost more as he/she will charge you for his/her service as well other than painting. Based on the demand and painter package, you may have to spend $250-$800. The price range also fluctuates based on the parts of a bike you want to repaint. If you only want to repaint the frame, it will cost you less. But full-frame or a large area of the bike frame, handlebar, stem, heat tube, crankset, seat tube, fork, etc. will cost you more. Also, there’re services for high quality paint or custom paint jobs or stripped paint depending on your personal preference and the mixture of a different color. This type of service will cost you a minimum of $1000 and more.
How to Paint a Bike – Helpful Guide for your Individual bicycle painting
The finishing of the painting by yourself may not be as good as that done by a professional. But still, if you don’t want to spend that much money on repainting a bike, and an admissible painting is OK for you, then you should give self-painting a chance. After a few times of practice, you never know that even you may end up being a professional bike painter!
Don’t try to repaint your bike just the way it is, which means all assembled! You’ve to detach several parts from the bicycle frame, such as wheels, headtube, disc brake, suspension fork, seatpost, handlebar, bottom bracket, derailleur, the bike mirrors and other detachable equipment before starting the painting process.
Even if you want to pain them all, still, it’s better to separate each of them and start the paint application. To disable, you’ll need a chain tool, allen wrench, screwdriver, etc. And for painting, you’ll need spray paint and a clear coat. Be careful, and don’t lose any tiny pieces or bolts of the bike.
Sometimes, it might be hard to detach a bike’s tire because of rust in screws or some other environmental factor. This situation is common among hybrid bikes that are usually 3-3.5 years old. That’s why picking a quality allen wrench and screwdrivers is important.
Now, it’s time to rub sand paper in a circular motion all over the frame to make the surface rough. You can use fine sandpaper with 100-150 grit. The intention of rubbing sandpaper doesn’t mean you’ve to take off all the old or original paint. You’re only making a better surface that can hold on the new paint and provide a better refinishing.
If you don’t want to paint any specific area of the frame, such as crank arms, then use masking tape/duct tape or plastic bags to cover up that area, so that paint spray doesn’t reach there. Wear a face mask to avoid inconvenience before starting painting.
Now, the most awaited step! It’s painting time! Use the color you want to use. If you’re trying to use a full contrasting color than the previous one, we’d suggest using something dark. To color the frame, you can either hung up to a tree using a wire or place a plastic paper beneath the frame.
Apply at least three base coat of color on all the sides on the frame and wait at least five-minutes before applying the final paint. Don’t use a clear coat before the paint gets dried-out completely. Let the paint sit for the whole night and then apply second coat of paint and three layers of clear coat. For clear coat base layer you can use epoxy primer as well. But make sure to use a proper amount of color coats to get the exact color or precise color and don't over spray.
After another several hours (3-5 hrs) the clear coat will get dry, and then you can take off the masking tape and assemble the again, and you’re all done! Remember that here you only have to pay for the tools, and you can buy them according to your budget. So it’ll be more economical for you.
After you repaint a bike, your bike will look as new as it was before! The new shine will even make you more motivated for a ride. Even though the cost of recoloring a bike may seem a bit high, but once you do it, you won’t have to go for another one for at least 3-3.5 years. So it’s quite reasonable if you think about the lasting period. And you can always do the repainting job by yourself, but if you’re new and don’t want to take the extra hassle or not known with proper techniques, you can always seek help from frame painter or professionals for a perfect touch of paint.