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Customize your bike for about $6

Posted by RL Policar On November - 5 - 2009

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So here’s a super cheap and fun way to quickly add some pizazz to your bike.

Get yourself some engine or brake caliper enamel from your local auto parts store. I chose a funky green. I would have preferred pink to match the theme of my bike.

Then I removed my caliper and rotor. I made sure I taped off part of the rotor where the prongs met the brake surface for accuracy.

I followed it up with a full tape job.

I then disassembled my caliper, removing the pads and I cleaned up with a degreaser. After taping off some of the moving parts, I started to paint!

I also pained the inside of the rotor. I used a bottle to to allow it to lay flat, but not so the other side would be touching the surface.

It took a few coats of paint, but I think the final result looks pretty good.

11 Responses to “Customize your bike for about $6”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Ooh, dang. That does look pretty sweet! Good idea to use the brake caliper paint as those rotors will heat up.

  2. RL says:

    I call that bike my Watermelon. Pink cables and grips (fruit), green rotors and calipers(rind)…black frame (seed).

  3. Priscilla says:

    NICE! I want pink accents on mine!

  4. RL says:

    I had the toughest time finding the pink. I may have to special order it.

  5. Dial Tone says:

    Simple but it does stand out. Thanks for the idea! How durable is the paint? Will it chip off easily?

    I see you already installed the magnetic pedals, write up coming soon?

  6. RL says:


    Tonight will be the first time I’ll be riding with the newly painted rotors and caliper, so we’ll see how it goes. Same thing for the pedals. I had issues installing the cleats, I’ll have to use a Dremel to grind off part of my shoes.

  7. Yah, I like it! Nice work.

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  9. Ish says:

    How did this hold up?

  10. RL Policar says:

    it held up for years.Color stayed bright.

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