Update Your Kid's Bike

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Your kid's bike can take a beating and can look less than lovely after a summer or two -- or maybe it's a hand-me-down that needs a face lift. A little spray paint and a few accessories can update it and make it feel brand-new. Your little superhero will be ready to show off the new ride faster than paint dries, and you certainly can't find this in stores.

Superhero in motion
Superhero in motion (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning supplies, such as a bucket of soapy water, rags and towels
  • Spray paint primer for metal
  • Spray paint (main color; here, it was red)
  • Spray paint (accent color; here, it was gold)
  • Painter's tape
  • Garbage bags 
  • Drop cloth
  • Spray paint primer for plastic
  • Spray paint for plastic
  • Bicycle basket and/or other accessories
Kid's bike and supplies
Kid's bike and supplies (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Step 1: Prep the Bike

Wipe the surface of the bike down to make sure there is no dust and dirt. Use garbage bags and tape to cover the parts of the bike that you don't want to paint, such as the handles, wheels, seat and pedals. Spray paint one coat of primer made for metal surfaces.

Cover with garbage bags and spray on primer
Cover with garbage bags and spray on primer (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Step 2: Spray Paint the Accent Color

Spray paint the areas of the bike that are going to be your accent color. One coat may work fine, but you can do two coats if you prefer.

Spray areas with the gold paint
Spray areas with the gold paint (Image: Upcycled kid's bike)

Step 3: Tape Off the Design

After the accent color paint is dry, tape off the design you want, in this case, stripes.

Tape off stripes
Tape off stripes (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Step 4: Spray Paint the Main Color

After the design is taped off, spray paint the bike with the main color.

Tip

  • Start painting with the bike upright, and then turn it upside down to reach the areas you may have missed.

Spray with the red paint
Spray with the red paint (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Step 5: Prep and Prime the Basket

While the bike is drying, start working on the basket or other accessories.

Basket and supplies
Basket and supplies (Image: Upcycled kid's bike)

Tape off any areas of the basket that you do not want painted. Spray on the primer for plastic.

Paint on primer
Paint on primer (Image: Paint the basket)

Step 6: Paint the Basket

After the primer is dry to the touch, paint the basket with the main color and let it dry completely. Tape off a design on your basket and spray paint that area with the accent color. When the paint is almost dry, remove the tape.

Tip

  • If you remove the painter's tape before the paint is completely dry, you will get a more crisp line.

Paint on red paint and let dry. Tape off area for gold paint.
Paint on red paint and let dry. Tape off area for gold paint. (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)
Paint on the gold paint
Paint on the gold paint (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

Step 7: Finish and Ride

When the painting is complete, approximately 24 hours, remove all trash bags and tape. Attach the basket and any accessories.

Enjoy as your little one shows off his updated superhero bike to all of his friends.

After
After (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)
Make your kid's day!
Make your kid's day! (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)
Coolest bike on the block
Coolest bike on the block (Image: Upcycled Kid's Bike)

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