painting brakes white

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bonj2, 7 Jun 2008.

  1. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    has anyone ever painted the brakes of their bike?

    I wanted to get a new saddle for my mountain bike the same as my road bike's one as it's really comfy. But they only had white ones in so I thought that'd look really good on my road bike as it's mainly black but with white bits anyway, so now i've got a white saddle on and have put the black one my mtb.. BUT - i now think my road bike would look even more cool with white bar tape and white brakes.
    Obviously I would dismantle the caliper first so the paint wouldn't clog up the moving parts. But given that, what harm could a coat of hammerite do? If it would be too thick and look a bit streaky, i was thinking i could powder coat them, having put blu-tack in the thing the centre screw threads through?

    is it a hair-brained idea, or is it likely to be ok (or both?)
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    No..... will look nasty - stick with white saddle and bar tape.

    You'd have to spray them to get a good finish, but it will chip off easily. Don't do it.
  3. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I think that the *second* you start worrying about single parts on your bike looking incongruous, is the time to make every part of your bike look incongruous.

    Sort of like emo / electroclash. Trust me, it's coming right back in.
  4. TVC

    TVC Guest

    White walled tyres and a big whippy arial would help as well... along with furry dice hung from the stem.
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    I hope so. Got white handlebars on order already :tongue:.
  6. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Bonj, you will need to put mudguards on now. It will soon turn a browny grey, and the handlebars will go the same.
    You could go fixed and have a white chain aswell. Not sure they do them for geared bikes though.
  7. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    White is so last week??? I've got some chrome ones coming. Word of advice, getting handlebars delivered... make sure you leave a delivery instruction telling them not to try screwing them through the letterbox if you are not home.
  8. longers

    longers Veteran

    S'okay - they're flat. I have heard of drops being wrapped in brown paper and successfully posted by a resourceful postie threading them through.

    If white is so last week then I'll be almost living in the future :tongue:
  9. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Flippin'eck Bonj, have you been at the GO Bars again?
  10. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    Look, I'LL be the judge of whether it'll LOOK nice or not, just tell me whether there will be any technical problem with it!
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    I can't think of any reason why it'll be a problem.
  12. OP

    bonj2 Guest

    ah - so powder coating could be the answer then?
  13. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Just get some watercolours from Smith's for about a quid fifty... that's sure to work! :biggrin:
  14. Use tippex bonj - just in case you brake by mistake.
  15. Powdercoat 'em. Not sure about blu-tac as a mask mind you.
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