Now your bike is prepped, hang it in a well-ventilated area and apply two or three coats of custom bicycle painting primer. It is important to choose a high-quality primer that contains a rust inhibitor, especially if you are an all year round cyclist who is out in all weather conditions. Choosing the right primer shade for your final colour choice will enhance the overall finish of your frame painting job. Remember that carbon and aluminium frames need different primers and take care to protect your eyes and hands with goggles and gloves as you work. Next, sand down the primer and then enjoy applying your first coat of paint either by spraying or brushing it on. Let it dry for a few hours then rub off the top surface of this layer with some damp sandpaper. Add another layer of paint if needed and then when this is thoroughly dry add any decals or decorations you have chosen before spraying your bike frame with one or two layers of varnish. Don't be in too much of a rush to get out and about on your bike again. Have the patience to let it dry thoroughly for a week or two before reassembly and then you can be sure that the fantastic job you have made of your bicycle frame repainting will last for a long time. Or, at least until you want another change of colour! When people stop you and ask where you got such a distinctive looking bicycle from you can proudly tell them that it's all your own work. And a positive example of eco-friendly upcycling.
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