How to Paint Your Bicycle

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This is something I have wanted to do for a few years. My bicycle was a gift from my father-in-law. You see, he bought this amazing Peugeot bike and only used it a few times. In fact, the only time it ever got used was when I asked to ride it when we would visit (he lives in the country and my boys and I loved to ride through the streets to visit the cows on the side of the road). Eventually on one trip he finally said that I should just take it home with me, of which I didn't even bother to try and fake "oh no, I couldn't possibly accept", I was jumping for joy! I love that darn bicycle so much there was no way I was going to give him an out! Haha, he's always been very generous and had no problem letting the bike go.


Biking has always been one of my favourite activities and I count my bike as my number one childhood toy. I still remember getting my first 10-speed for Christmas when I was 9 and the time my dad bought me a bright purple Fila bike for my grade 8 graduation present. AMH and I never got into the whole putting a child-seat-on-bikes with our kids so when they were little we didn't bother with bikes for ourselves. Once I got the Peugeot home approximately 10 years ago, that all changed. We all got bikes and road them to get ice cream in town, on trails, and last summer AMH and I hit 55 kms on a trip out to St. Jacobs! There was just one tiny thing that bothered me, the colour. I'm a girly girly and y'all know I love colourful things so the grey bike just wasn't doing it for me. I considered getting one of those highly Instagrammable bikes, the Tiffany blue bike with a wicker basket, but they are all beach cruisers and since we ride for many, many km's I needed a bike with gears. Every time we went to a bike shop and looked around, I actually felt sad because I really love my bike and didn't want to get rid of it. I started toying with the idea of just painting it and was quickly scared off by so many people who warned me about the cost of stripping and painting a bike and the possibility of ruining such a good quality bike. So I decided to just live with my bike as is. And then my front brake broke and I needed new tires and needed to replace the suspension. It was a costly fix but one I was willing to do because of how much this bike meant to me. And that's when I decided that I wasn't overly concerned about what others think about me painting the bike, I wanted to do what would make me happy!

That ultimately lead me to purchase two cans of Krylon Gloss Ballet Slipper, a can of UV protectant and a few sheets of sandpaper. I stripped off all the stickers I could and gave the bike a good scrub, first with a coarse grit and then finishing with a fine grit. Then I cleaned the bike, taped the areas I did not want painted and started spraying. Now, I've never worked with spray paint before and I really do think it takes an expert touch, which I do not have. My bike has more runs than I would like but...at least it's now a girly colour!

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I read a few blogs and Pinterest sites and there really is no trick to painting your bike. You can go all out and remove your tires and chain to make it easier to paint, or you can tape large garbage bags over your tires like I did. I do have a little overspray on one of my tires but I'm sure it will wear away with use. My best advice if you are thinking of painting your bike as well is to go slow and allow your bike to dry before turning it over. I was fast (because I'm an impatient person) and I didn't allow it to fully dry before flipping it and starting on the other side. I think this is what lead to so many paint runs.

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It really was an easy task, once I got the courage up to do it myself. I spent a Saturday morning sanding and painting and I was out riding my bike the next afternoon. I bought a Nantucket Bike Basket which has already come in so handy for holding a little purse and water bottles, and I bought new Peugeot stickers on Etsy so my bike can still be identified. The little Vineyard Vines whale sticker is from a recent visit to one of their stores. I placed the stickers and sprayed the UV coating on top to help seal them to the bike.

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I was quoted anywhere from $100 to $1000 to paint my beloved bike and that's not even close to where my budget for this project was at. Here's my cost breakdown:

Sandpaper: already in my garage
Painter's tape: $5
Two cans of spray paint: $12
One can of UV protectant: $6
New Peugeot stickers: $20
Nantucket Bike Basket: $50

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For a little over $90 I got exactly what I wanted. A cute as can be pink bike with a classic bicycle basket.

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