How to use Spray.Bike

How to use Spray.Bike


Spray.Bike has a groundbreaking range of bike specific colour coatings, designed for both amateur and professional use. Spray.Bike paint is a dry, matt powder coating that does not drip in any way.

Developed specifically for bikes, the spray paint is revolutionary in its ease of application and in the quality of its finish, making it perfect for modifications, repairs and restorations of your bike frame. If you click here, you will find a range of fantastic projects that people are doing with Spray.Bike, all over the world.

Solid colours technical specifications

  • Highly pigmented acrylic paint
  • Dry drop powder coating
  • Non-drip, non-dribble formula
  • No primer required
  • Suitable for steel, aluminium and carbon surfaces
  • Permanent and resilient: UV-resistant and weatherproof
  • Deep, matt colours
  • Easy to handle for stenciling and blending effects
  • Requires no equipment or heat treatment after application
  • For a satin or glossy topcoat, finish with Spray.Bike Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish – Satin / Gloss. For a matte finish, finish with Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish – Matte or use Frame Builder’s Top Wax regularly.
  • 400ml and 200ml options
  • 1 x 400ml aerosol covers frame and fork in a single coat
  • Minimum recommended coats: one


Directions for use

  • Make sure the surface is degreased, clean and dry
  • Wear protective gloves, protective clothing, eye / face protection
  • Always paint in an open area in the open air
  • Shake the can for at least 3 minutes before use
  • Test the spray for 2-3 seconds before application
  • Optimal temperature for spraying: 20-25 ° C. Do not use Spray.Bike if the temperature is lower than 10 ° C or higher than 35 ° C or if the relative humidity is higher than 75%
  • Always spray with the can in a vertical position, otherwise the paint may ‘spit’ unevenly
  • Solid colours: spray at a distance of 5-12 cm
  • Pocket Clears, Frame Builder’s Smoothing Putty, Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish, Frame Builder’s Cold-Zinc, Frame Builder’s Metal Primer, Frame Builder’s Carbon Primer, Frame Builder’s Metal Plating: spray the surface from a minimum distance of 20 cm.
  • Keirin Flake and Keirin Sunlight: Spray the surface from a minimum distance of 30 cm.
  • Frame Builder’s Top Wax: spray on a paper towel or a soft lint-free cloth and apply gently.
  • Keep the hand moving while spraying
  • Allow to dry before applying 2nd coat (paint dries within 10 minutes, full cure: 2 hours)
  • At the end, turn upside down and spray for 2 seconds before storing (prevents future clogging)
  • Protect can from sunlight and temperatures above 50°C/ 122°F
Spray distance
All solid colours5-12 cm
Pocket Clears
Frame Builder’s Cold-Zinc
Frame Builder’s Metal Primer
Frame Builder’s Carbon Primer
Frame Builder’s Smoothing Putty
Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish
Frame Builder’s Metal Plating
at least 20 cm
Keirin Collectionat least 30 cm
Frame Builder’s Top WaxSpray on a paper towel or lint-free cloth and apply carefully




Preparation


Spray.Bike paint will adhere to most rough metal and painted surfaces without extensive preparation. However, if you are painting on a new factory bike with a high gloss finish, you should first sand the frame with a very fine sandpaper or an abrasive cloth to give the surface a little ‘grip’ so that the paint can adhere well.
Always make sure that all surfaces are completely clean and grease-free. Any micro-film left behind from degreasers or cleaning products can form a barrier that prevents Spray.Bike from adhering properly.
A pure medical alcohol is recommended for the ultimate in pre-paint cleaning, but be sure to remove all residue with absorbent kitchen paper.
NEVER use acetone or a product containing acetone as this is guaranteed to weaken Spray.Bike as it is one of the ingredients of the paint.

Spray


It is essential that you understand and follow the spray distances. These are the distances from the can in your hand to the surface being sprayed. They vary depending on the product:

  • Solid colours (BLB, Pop, Historic, Vintage, Fluorescent, Pocket Solids): 5-12 cm
    Because Spray.Bike aerosols are pressurised, there is an optimal distance at which the paint is effective when leaving the nozzle (cap): 5-12 centimetres. In this ‘window’ the paint is half wet and the pigment is perfectly prepared to do its job. Below 5 centimetres, mistakes can occur. After 12 or 14 centimetres, the paint has turned into a dry powder substance with little adhesion.
  • Pocket Clears, Frame Builder’s Smoothing Putty, Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish, Frame Builder’s Cold-Zinc, Frame Builder’s Metal Primer, Frame Builder’s Carbon Primer, Frame Builder’s Metal Plating: 20 cm minimum.
  • Keirin Flake and Keirin Sunlight: 30 cm minimum
  • Frame Builder’s Top Wax: spray on a paper towel or soft lint-free cloth and apply gently.


Spray.Bike aerosol cans should always be held vertically when spraying. When the can is horizontal, the paint cannot pass through the can’s straw.
Always keep your hand moving while spraying, as this will ensure an even coating. Touching up can always be done later.
If you use the paint again after storage, you should first test the spray. If the paint seems to be splashing, replace the nozzle because the existing one is probably clogged.

Polishing


For best results, polish Spray.Bike solid colours with a kitchen paper or a lint-free soft cloth. This will compact the surface of the paint and is best done before the paint has fully cured, so polish within two hours of spraying. Be more careful where colours come together.

Drying


Although the coating seems to dry quickly (you can touch the paint dry after just a few seconds), it is always best to let the paint dry completely for a period of 12 hours before rebuilding the bike.

Dealing with problems


It happens that there are places where the paint has landed as a powder (and gets a rougher surface). This is easy to solve. Allow the paint to dry completely and then rub gently with a soft cloth to smooth the surface.
If you make a mistake (e.g. applying colour in the wrong place), wait for the spray to dry completely (max. 2 hours). Then use a very fine sandpaper or other abrasive material to slowly rub away the paint. However, do not use a traditional solvent remover as this will damage the acrylic compound in Spray.Bike and you will end up making more mess.
Remember that the spray distance for the solid colours is 5-12 cm, while the spray distance for the Pocket Clears, Transparent Finish of Frame Builder, Smoothing Putty for Frame Builder, Frame Cold-Zinc, Frame Builder’s Metal Primer, Frame Builder’s Carbon Primer and the Metal Plating of Frame Builder is at least 20 cm. For the Keirin collection, it is a minimum of 30 cm.
The Frame Builder’s Top Wax should not be sprayed directly onto the frame. Instead, spray it on a paper towel or a soft lint-free cloth and apply it carefully.

Dealing with stickers and emblems

Old stickers which you cannot remove and which you want to paint over:cover with the Smoothing Putty from the Frame Builder before painting.
Old emblems which you want to paint over:just paint over them
New stickers or decals:put on top of your new paint job and finish with Transparent Finish from the Frame Builder.

Note: in rare cases the acetone in the Transparent Finish can affect the ink in a decal or sticker. To check this, spray a small amount of transparent finish on a test sticker / decal. If it melts the ink or runs, you should place the actual emblem / sticker on the Transparent Finish on your frameset.

Using the Fluor


Due to the reflective pearlescent particles, the fluorine colours are slightly more granular than the other ranges.
Wiping with a soft cloth approximately one hour after painting is highly recommended.
Using the Pocket Clears
These are perfect for making a glaze on tubes of raw metal, subtly changing a base colour, fades and shades (see overflow below).
Remember that while the spray distance for solid colours is 5-12 cm, for these Pocket Clears, because they contain the Transparent Finish of the Frame Builder, the spray distance is at least 20 cm.

Using the Keirin collection


The Flake range consists of 6 coloured metal flake options in the Frame transparent finish. They can be used over Spray.Bike colours to provide a stunning glitter finish – or even used in the factory paint to give a unique shimmer effect to the frame.
The Sunlight range features 4 colours of broken liquid glass in the Transparent Finish of the Frame Builder, creating a glitter effect that is only really visible in direct sunlight.
All colours can be overlaid to create specific colour flake mixes.
2 coats recommended.
Remember that the spray distance is much further than all our other products: minimum 30 cm.

Masking and stenciling


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Mixing


Use the Pocket Clears for mixing as they can produce a rapid and unusual colour change when used in combination with (i.e. on top of) solid colours (especially Fluor Clears on top of solid fluorine colours).
The Pocket Clears are a solid pigment with a transparent base coat, so the final colour is based on the combination of solid/clear used, e.g. Fluro Yellow Clear on a blue becomes green.
Use at intersections where 2 dramatic colours meet to create a blur. Give it a little practice for great results.
Note: Spray the surface with the Pocket Clears from a distance of at least 20 cm.

Storage


Spray.Bike paint lasts up to 10 years in the can.
Store upright and below 50°C.

Inspiration


Need inspiration before you start?
Click here for pictures of the great things people do with Spray.Bike all over the world
Click here for some inspirational and instructional videos