Friday, February 10, 2012
How To Make Your Bike Glow-In-The-Dark, For Safer Night Riding
What you need
A bike (preferably a fixed-gear bike, or ‘fixie’, as it has less parts and is much easier to paint), bike assembly/disassembly tools, a Y Allen wrench, nylon string, masking tape, paint brush, spray paint primer (2 bottles), spray paint white flat (3 bottles), phosphorescent paint (4 ounces for frame, 4 ounces for tires), spraypaint high-gloss overcoat, and helmet.
1. Disassemble your bike
2. Then, tape up all the parts that you don’t want painted, as well as the bike chain.
3. Prime the parts with a layer of paint (doesn’t have to be a thick layer to cover the previous paint), and let it dry for 24 hours in a place with good ventilation.
4. Then spray paint it white—with as many light coats to make the bike really white (as that the phosphorescent paint glows better on a very white background). But with each layer, let it dry.
5. Use a paintbrush to apply the phosphorescent paint in even coats (uneven coats causes uneven glowing). Apply more coats for a brighter glow—but allow each layer plenty of time to dry.
6. After letting the last coat dry for 72 hours, apply the clear protecting coat.
7. Now ‘charge’ the bike’s glow by exposing the paint to bright light or black light.
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Posted by jsonja at Friday, February 10, 2012