How To Use Spray.Bike

Spray.Bike is a groundbreaking range of bicycle-specific colour coating designed for both amateur and professional use.

Spray.Bike paint is a dry matte powder-coating that doesn’t drip, dribble or misbehave in any way. 

It’s revolutionary in its ease of application and quality of finish, making it perfect for customising, repairing and restoring.


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Solid colours tech spec

  • Highly pigmented acrylic paint compound
  • Dry-fall powder coating
  • Non-drip, non-dribble formula
  • No primer required
  • Suitable for steel, aluminium and carbon surfaces
  • Permanent and resilient: UV-resistant and weather-resistant
  • Deep matte colours
  • Easily-achieved fading, stenciling and blending effects (see below)
  • Requires no post-application equipment or heat treatment
  • For a satin or gloss top-coat, finish with Spray.Bike Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish
  • 400ml and 200ml options
  • 1 x 400ml can will cover a frame and fork in a single coat
  • Minimum recommended coats: one

Instructions for use

  • Ensure surface is clean and dry
  • Wear protective gloves, protective clothing, eye/face protection
  • Always paint in an open space in the open air
  • Shake can for at least 3 minutes before use
  • Test spray for 2-3 seconds prior to application
  • Optimal temperature for spraying: 20-25°C. Do not use Spray.Bike if the temperature is below 10°C or above 35°C, or if relative humidity is above 75%
  • Always spray with the can in a vertical position, otherwise the paint might ‘spit’ unevenly
  • Solid colours: spray surface from 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: spray surface from a distance of at least 20 cm
  • Keirin Flake and Keirin Sunlight: spray surface from a distance of at least 30 cm
  • Frame Builder’s Top Wax: Spray onto a paper towel or soft lint-free cloth and apply gently
  • When spraying, keep hand moving at all times
  • Allow to dry before adding 2nd coat (touch dry: 10 minutes, complete cure: 2 hours)
  • At end, turn can upside down and spray for 2 seconds before storing
  • Protect can from sunlight and temperatures exceeding 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

at least 20 cm
Keirin Collectionat least 30 cm
Frame Builder’s Top Wax
spray onto paper towel or
lint-free cloth and apply gently

Prep

Spray.Bike paint will adhere to most raw metal and painted surfaces without any major pre-prep. However, if painting onto a fresh-from-the-factory painted bike with a high gloss finish, rub down the frame with a very fine sandpaper or an abrasive cloth, just to give the surface a little ‘bite’ for the paint to sit on.
Always ensure that all surfaces are completely clean and grease free. Any micro-film left from degreasers or cleaning products can create a barrier preventing Spray.Bike from adhering properly. 
A pure medical alcohol is recommended for the ultimate pre-paint cleaner – but do make sure all residue is removed with absorbent kitchen paper. 
NEVER use acetone or a product containing acetone, as this is guaranteed to weaken Spray.Bike, it being one of the ingredients of the paint.

Spraying

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

  • Solid colours (BLB, Pop, Historic, Vintage, Fluorescent, Pocket Solids): 5-12 cm
    As Spray.Bike cans are pressurised, there’s an optimum distance at which the paint is effective on leaving the nozzle: 5-12 centimetres. In this ‘window’ the paint is semi-wet and the pigment is perfectly primed to do its job properly. Under 5 centimetres, faults can occur. After 12 or 14 centimetres the paint will have turned into a dry powder dust with little adhesion at all.
  • 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: at least 20 cm
  • Keirin Flake and Keirin Sunlight: at least 30 cm
  • Frame Builder’s Top Wax: Spray onto a paper towel or soft lint-free cloth and apply gently.

Spray.Bike cans must always be held vertically while spraying. When the can is horizontal, the gas propellant rather than the paint is driven into the nozzle, creating a high-pressure paint spit that will land unevenly as lumps.
Always move your hand continuously while spraying, as this ensures an even coating. Touch-ups can always be done later – don’t over-apply the paint in a single coat.
If re-using the paint after storage, test spray first. If the paint seems to splatter, replace the nozzle as the existing one is probably clogged

Polishing
For best results, always polish Spray.Bike solid colours with kitchen paper or a lint-free soft cloth. A gentle pressure and polish action will compact the paint’s surface for greater strength. This is best done before the paint has completely cured, so polish within two hours of spraying. 
Be more careful where colours meet in order to avoid physically forcing colours to bleed.

Drying
For best results, don’t be impatient! Although the coating does seem to dry rapidly (touch dry in a few seconds), it’s always best to let the paint completely dry over a 12 hour period before re-building the bike.


Dealing with problems

Getting areas where the paint has landed as a powder (and has a rougher surface) will happen – but this is easily solved. Leave the paint to completely dry, then using a soft cloth rub gently to smooth the surface.
If you do make a mistake (e.g. put colour in the wrong place or over-apply the product), wait for the spray to completely dry (max 2 hours). Then using a very fine sandpaper or other abrasive material, slowly rub away the paint. Don’t use a traditional solvent paint remover though as it will damage the acrylic compound in Spray.Bike and you’ll end up making more mess.
Remember that the spray distance for the solid colours is 5-12 cm, whereas the spray distance for the Pocket Clears, Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish, Frame Builder’s Smoothing Putty, Frame Builder’s Cold-Zinc, Frame Builder’s Metal Primer, and Frame Builder’s Carbon Primer is at least 20 cm. For the Keirin Collection, it’s at least 30 cm. 
The Frame Builder’s Top Wax shouldn’t be sprayed directly onto the frame. Instead, spray onto a paper towel or soft lint-free cloth and apply gently.

Dealing with stickers and decals

Old stickers that you can’t remove and want to paint over:cover with the Frame Builder’s Smoothing Putty before you paint
Old decals that you want to paint over:just paint over them
New stickers or decals:set on top of your new paint-job and then seal with the Frame Builder’s Transparent Finish

Note: in vary rare circumstances, 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 onto a test decal/sticker. If it melts the ink or the ink runs, you’ll have to place the actual decal/sticker over the Transparent Finish on your frameset.

Masking and stenciling

If using masking techniques (with, say, masking tape) or stenciling after an initial coat, always wait 20 minutes before adding masking or a stencil to make sure the paint is dry enough not to be pulled away on removal. 
Masking can sometimes create lines where paint has built up against the edge of the mask: again wait 20 minutes so as not to pull that build-up away on removal of the stencil/mask. 
Leave for at least 2 hours to dry, and remove excess colour coat by rubbing down with a soft cloth.


What to use after paiting

– Transparent Finish –

Spray.Bike colours are matte. This acrylic Transparent Finish adds a satin or gloss topcoat.

  • Product colour: clear
  • Spray distance: at least 20 cm
  • Ιdeal for steel, aluminium and even carbon parts
  • Recommended minimum coat: one
  • One coat: satin / two or more coats: gloss
  • Drying time between coats: 2 hours / full cure: at least 24 hours
  • Requires no post-application heat treatment

Make sure the paint is completely dry before applying the finish. Shake can well. Hold the can at least 20 cm away from the surface and waft gently, keeping your hand/arm moving at all times. Recommended minimum coat: one. 
Note: one coat gives a satin finish, two or more coats give a gloss finish. 
Drying time between coats: 2 hours / full cure: at least 24 hours.


– Top Wax –

This water-based finishing wax is suitable for all bikes.

  • Product colour: clear
  • Spray instructions: Do not spray directly onto the frame. Instead, spray onto a paper towel or lint-free cloth and apply gently.
  • Creates an invisible micro-thin protective barrier for all painted metal, carbon or even wood frames
  • Doesn’t create shine on matte paintwork, so perfect for all Spray.Bike colours
  • Contains Carnauba wax
  • Re-apply regularly, especially after cleaning

The Top Wax is suitable for all bikes. As a high performance water-based finishing wax, it creates an invisible micro-thin protective barrier for all painted metal, carbon or even wood frames. It doesn’t create shine on matte paintwork, so it’s perfect for all Spray.Bike colours. 
Don’t spray directly onto the frame. Instead, spray onto a paper towel or lint-free cloth and apply gently. 
You should re-apply the top wax regularly, especially after cleaning your bike.


Storage

Spray.Bike paint lasts in its can for up to 10 years. 
Store upright and below 50°C so it will always be there for scratches and touch-ups.

Inspiration

Need some inspiration before you start?
Click here for pics of the fantastic things people are doing with Spray.Bike all round the world

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