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« on: April 04, 2004 12:42:03 AM »

so i got bored with my ten-year-old bike. sure, it was still almost pristinely white and pretty... i.e. not at all my style. when i was about fifteen, i painted a bike skyblue and added daisies (i lost that one when the roof of our garden shed fell on it one snowy winter). i thought about daisies this time, too, but then decided to go for something different. this is what i came up with:









the foties are pretty self-explanatory, methinks, though unfortunately do not do the finished product much justice.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2004 03:48:51 AM »

Very cute idea!  Did you use any particular kind of paint that wont chip off?
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2004 09:03:11 AM »

all i did was march into a hardware store and ask for paint that would be suitable for painting a bike. for the mushrooms, though, i used paint meant for scale models, because i knew i would only be needing very small quantities of the stuff and couldn't find the shade i wanted anywhere else. now that it's dry it looks like it won't chip off very easily, and i hope that really is the case - even though the paint's from the toy department!

before painting, i used sandpaper on the bike to get rid of the shiny surface, so that the paint would stick better. the paint on that other bike held up very well, so i haven't got big worries about this one, either.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2004 09:27:31 AM »

i did that to my bike a few years ago too!



i  taped off the wheels and anything else i didn't want to get paint on, and spray painted the base coat (because that totally looks better than handpainting a base color) and then did the white detail using enamel house paint (similar to the toy stuff sinnimaria is talking about, not as tough, but there's more of it)

it got some nicks and bumps, but bikes are supposed to!  and it got stolen about two months later.

i painted a new bike blue with lots of airplanes but that bike died awhile ago and i haven't replaced it.  if i find a picture, i'll post it!

r.i.p. little bikes!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2004 09:52:20 AM »

that looks so professional! and i absolutely love the idea of those airplanes. sorry to hear you've lost both of your creations, though.

i didn't dare try spray paint (a previous attempt of painting a lamp resulted not only in a painted lamp, but a painted floor, a painted kitchen top and a painted inside of a nose), but the handpainted base actually looks surprisingly even. apart from the speckles of paint on the wheels and the lock and whatnot, of course... as per usual, i wasn't as patient as to do much taping.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2004 12:14:23 PM »

why have i never thought of painting a bike?

these are all such excellent bikes! way to go, folks. too bad that cool bikes get stolen more.
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2004 01:56:38 PM »

omg, I love your bike. I love old fashioned kind of bikes... and the color red. Sweet!
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2004 07:57:20 PM »

that is one incredibly cool bike. i love the mushrooms! i've been meaning to do that to my bike for a while...but oh well. o, and boygirlparty...i love that design! too bad it got stolen...im sorry.

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CellophaneFlowers
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2004 06:49:04 PM »

I love the little mushrooms on your bike! It turned out great. Perhaps if I customized my bike, I'd be more willing to put aside my fears of heavy traffic and falling off and ride more often!
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2004 02:13:29 PM »

I've been meaning to paint my bike for a few weeks, and this is totally inspiring! Smiley

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