How to Paint a Fixie

Updated February 21, 2017

A fixie is a fixed-gear bicycle that has no freewheel. Also known as fixed-wheel bicycles, fixies are equipped to stop using the peddles only. If you'd like to alter the appearance of your fixie, accomplish your goal by adding a painted finish. Before you try to add new paint, strip down the existing paint, or you'll end up with an unstable finish that may ultimately chip. Apply the new paint using techniques that will promote flawless, attractive results.

Detach the seat, wheels, chain and handlebars from the fixie frame, using a crescent wrench.

Take the frame outdoors and set it on a canvas dust sheet.

Put on a respirator. Apply an acetone-based paint stripper to the fixie frame, using a 2-inch natural-bristled paintbrush.

Cover the frame with plastic dust sheets. Wait five minutes before removing the plastic. Scrape the loosened paint from the fixie, using a plastic putty knife and 50-grit sandpaper.

Wash the fixie frame with a water-based degreaser, using steel wool. Rinse the fixie, using a hose. Let the frame dry for two hours.

Sand the frame with 220-grit sandpaper, using the power sander.

Coat one side of the fixie frame with galvanised metal-etching spray primer. Apply in a sweeping, side-to-side motion, keeping an 8-inch distance between the fixie and spray tip. Let the fixie dry for two hours, then flip the frame over and prime the other side.

Lightly sand the frame with 300-grit sandpaper. Wipe the fixie with tack cloths.

Paint the fixie frame using the same method you used to prime it. Wait at least three hours before assembling the bike.

Things You'll Need

  • Crescent wrench
  • Canvas dust sheet
  • Respirator
  • Rubber gloves
  • Acetone-based paint stripper
  • 2-inch natural-bristled paintbrush
  • Plastic dust sheets
  • Plastic putty knife
  • 50-grit sandpaper
  • Water-based degreaser
  • Steel wool
  • Water hose
  • Power hand sander
  • Palm sander
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Galvanised metal-etching spray primer
  • 300-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloths
  • Oil-based spray enamel
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About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.