How to paint a bicycle and get a good result


Spray.Bike are special sprays for painting your bike. We recently added this brand to our selection and it’s been an amazing success which only few other products have experienced in our shop.

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But, what do these sprays offer that’s different to what’s already available out there? It’s a new, inexpensive and fun way to customise your bike.

Spray.Bike was born out of the frustration cyclists had with paint for bike frames that were on the market. Nothing was good, and the results were disastrous. That’s why the guys at Vicious Cycles Athens and the paint company Cosmos Lac joined forces and after 2 years of development & testing in the factory the Spray.Bike as we know was created. Later on the team at Brick Lane Bikes joined the party and introduced the different range of colours and types of sprays for all needs.

But before we go on, we want to show you a video showing the many different possibilties when using these sprays on your bicycle:

How do you use Spray.Bike to paint your bicycle?
The paint adheres to the majority of raw metals and painted surfaces without any primer or preparation. If your frame has already been painted with a glossy finish, it’s necessary to use a fine sandpaper on this surface so that the new Spray.Bike paint will stick to the surface. Before using the spray, shake it for around 3 minutes.

spray bicycle paint
The ideal distance for spraying your bike is between 5 and 12 centimetres. At this distance the paint will land on the frame in perfect conditions. closer than 5 centimetres will produce faults. Anything further than 12 centimetres and the paint will be too dry to adhere to the frame, resulting in a powdery finish which easily rubs off.

Try to keep your hand continuously moving while spraying so that you get a nice and even colour. After applying the spray to the areas you want to paint you can still cover imperfections wherever necessary. If you want to use the spray after having it stored for some time, you should try it on cardboard before applying it on your bike. If the paint does not come out as fluid as it used to, you should change the nozzle for optimal results.

To get the best results, be patient. Even if the paint appears to dry quickly, we recommend leaving the paint to dry for at least 12 hours, before mounting your bicycle.

painting bicycle with spray
We also have Spray.Bike Smoothing Putty available, which you need if you frame is damaged, has some scratches or bumps and bruises. With this product you spray a base layer over the damages to get a smooth, even surface which you can paint afterwards. There is also the Spray.Bike Transparent Varnish which you use after spraying and which allows you to create a satin (1 layer), glossy (2 layers), or lacquer (3 layers) finish, depending on how many layers you spray.

Now let’s see the different collections and colours available so you have an idea just how much you can customise your bike by using our sprays:

THE BLB LONDON COLLECTION: 24 matte colours to choose from by Brick Lane Bikes and inspired by the streets of London:

HISTORIC COLLECTION: 6 original colours inspired by the pioneering frame manufacturers of old:

VINTAGE COLLECTION: 6 colours providing an ode to the companies that are now lost in legend:

spray vintage collection
POP COLLECTION: 6 colours that are reminiscent of the Great British cycling companies of the 80’s:

pop collection
FLURORESCENT COLLECTION: 6 fluorescent colours that are intense and bright, and makes you be seen by everyone:

fluorescent collection
POCKET COLLECTION Solids y Clears: The Solid Pocket collection consists of black, white, and super bright fluorescents, ideal for fine lines and details The Clear Pocket collection is an innovative semi-transparent paint formula, perfect for creating a glaze on raw metals, slightly changing the base colour, or creating fading and shading effects.

Finally we want to show you some videos, to give you some ideas, tips and possibilities on how to paint your bicycle and how to turn your designs into reality:

Montana Colors, from the street to your bike

With more than 25 years of history, Montana Colors sprays were first tested in post-Olympic Barcelona in 1994. Gradually, thanks to its proven quality and word of mouth among the graffiti community, Montana is now present in more than 80 countries around the world, with 20 official sales outlets spread across 5 continents. When you see graffiti on the street, it has probably been spray-painted with Montana Colors.

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MTN 94

It is probably the most versatile and easy-to-use spray paint on the market. You can paint anything from walls to metallic elements such as a bicycle frame. It has an unusually fast drying time, in just a few minutes you can apply one coat on top of another, and in just 24-48 hours it is completely hardened. Its finish is matt, and within this range, you will find up to 217 different colours.

MTN 94

Buy MTN 94 Montana Colors sprays


This is hardcore. The most intense colours are achieved with this range of Montana Colors, which maintains a homogeneous shot for the duration of the paint. It is suitable for use on domestic, industrial or artistic objects, as well as bicycles, of course. You will find the colour you are looking for within its 142 gloss finish colours.


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Before applying the first coat of paint to your dream bike it is important to protect the frame from corrosion and provide extra adhesion to the first coat of paint. This is easy with MNT PRO WASH PREMIER phosphating primer. It is specifically for metal surfaces such as galvanised steel, electro-zinc plated steel or aluminium. Apply this pre-coat primer, we recommend it.


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OK, you’ve done your homework. You’ve designed your idea, dismantled the whole painting, sanded it and applied the paint stripper, and then painted it with several coats of paint. The last thing you want is for the paint to come off at the slightest touch. That’s why it’s important to apply a final coat of varnish. You have two options: acrylic varnish or two-component varnish. Acrylic varnish is the most common varnish for bike frames. It adheres easily, dries very fast, protects the paint and you can choose the gloss, matt or satin effect your bike will have.


Buy MTN PRO Varnish Acrylic


This is a 2-component polyurethane varnish for professional use. There are gloss and matt versions, and the main difference with acrylic varnish is that it withstands weathering and humidity better. If you have no choice but to leave your bike on the balcony, we recommend the use of this varnish.


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Where can you buy these sprays for your bicycle?

At Santa Fixie we have the whole range of sprays and colours in stock available for shipping immediately.

And on the Spray.Bike Instagram page you can find hundreds of ideas and tricks to do with your bike.


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  • How many cans do you recommend for one colour on one 80s steel frame

    Hyland hamilton 2020-01-13 1:27 am Reply
    • Normally with a can should be enough. But we recommend getting two cans in order to have a perfect finish in every detail.

      Santafixie 2020-02-07 11:28 am Reply
  • Hi…. I’ve scratched my new carbon framed MTB… surface damage only but I’d like to paint over.. The bike has a matte black finish…. which of your products should in use and would you recommend using a lacquer as well?

    Nigel Bielby 2021-06-03 8:42 am Reply
  • Hi, are the flake sprays, acrylicbased, or adkylbased?

    Mischa 2022-02-18 6:21 pm Reply
  • It’s also recommended to sand the primer-coated surface lightly. Use 300 grit for metal or 800 grit sandpaper for carbon.

    Dalton Bourne 2022-08-11 2:57 am Reply
  • hi, I have a frame where I have applied new decals. I want to now lacquer over this but my frame is a matt carbon with some gloss parts. What do you suggest to use as I do not want the gloss paintwork to end up matte, should I use your SPRAY.BIKE TRANSPARENT FINISH GLOSS or the MATTE one?? Maybe 1 coat of the gloss one?

    Martin Miller 2022-09-07 11:46 am Reply

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