What is the best, non perminant way of making new look old

gb155

Fan Boy No More.
Location
Manchester-Ish
Friend has a new mtb that he will be using for commuting. Wants to make it look old and haggard but not in a perminant sand paper way

What's his best way?
 
Friend has a new mtb that he will be using for commuting. Wants to make it look old and haggard but not in a perminant sand paper way

What's his best way?
Lend it to me for a week :tongue:
 

Beebo

Firm and Fruity
Location
Hexleybeef
park it next to a better bike.^_^

Short of giving the bike a DIY paint job, the other trick is to take off any decals, (if you can), that way the theif doesnt know what bike he's nicking so cant sell it on Ebay very easily.
 

Rob3rt

Man or Moose!
Location
Manchester
My colleague covered the decals on his black bike with black insulation tape, it blends in quite well especially after some use and some dirt has accumulated, it looks just like a de branded bike and doesn't make it look bad at all, but it does remove that little bit of flash which could otherwise catch an impulsive theif's eye.
 
I've seen insulation tape used before but I don't know how easy it'll be to remove and clean up after?
 

Rob3rt

Man or Moose!
Location
Manchester
I've seen insulation tape used before but I don't know how easy it'll be to remove and clean up after?
Quite easy, especially if the decals you are covering have been lacquered. Electricians insulation tape isnt excessively adhesive and any adhesive left behind can be wiped away quite easily without need for chemical cleaners.
 

I like Skol

Hold my beer and watch this....
If it's to make it less attractive to thieves. Then I don't think it's worth it.
Thieves will have anything away if it's not locked down properly.
the other trick is to take off any decals, (if you can), that way the theif doesnt know what bike he's nicking so cant sell it on Ebay very easily.
As Ian said, thieves will nick anything if they can easily do so and worry about what they have nicked afterwards. Taking all (and I mean all, including the brand and any groupset/component identifiers) stickers off might help as the parts/bike become very difficult to sell if the thief/seller can't prove what they are but most professional bike thieves will be able to spot a quality bike regardless of markings. The downside to de-stickering is that it is kind of permanent and everyone will think you are trying to hide something and are riding a stolen bike or a mega exotic/expensive bike and have removed the stickers to try and hide the fact.

The old fashioned beater bike is hard to....... well, beat if you have concerns about security.
 
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