Sunday, April 15, 2012

How to Crochet a Bike Cosy: Part 1 Prime the Canvas

Part 1: prime the canvas

Why paint the bike first? Because it's fun!  It's also much more inspiring, and you can put it on display immediately.

  • 1 Bike at the end of it's life: rusty, old, immobile.
  • 1 U bike lock (no cables, they are too easy to cut. Unless you live in Moncton NB, I hear people are really honest there.)
  • 2 to 3 cans spray paint in main colour
  • 1 can spray paint in colour that blends with the wall
  • rubber gloves
  • lots and lots of news paper
  • painting clothes and shoes
  • masking tape
  1. Source a crappy bike.
  2. Go to the hardware store and buy Neon paint. 2 cans for mediocre coverage, 3 good good coverage. 
  3. Be sure to wear crappy painting clothes, especially pants and shoes that you don't care about. 
  4. If your bike has a kick-stand feel free to paint it standing. If not, you'll have to do it one side at a time. 
  5. Tape over any crucial working parts of the bike lock (like where the key goes).
  6. To clean the nozzle of the paint can, hold it upside down and spray (do not hold in front of your face while you do this - big mistake)

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