How to Paint a Chrome Bike

If you want to paint a chrome bike, you should consider some important factors. Because chromium is not suitable for membership, this requires special treatment before application of paint, or otherwise reject its new finish. The same techniques of abrasion based friction used for preparation of vinyl, plastic and fiberglass are suitable for chromium. However, when it comes to painting chrome, these methods are not enough. After abrading, chromium requires such special primer for hard and resistant surfaces.


  1. Remove the handle, chain, seat and bicycle wheels using a wrench.
  2. To improve adhesion, sand the chrome structure with sandpaper. Carve well until the surface is dull.
  3. Put on the rubber gloves. Clean the chrome with the wax remover and a thick sponge. Remove the wax remover with the water hose. Wait two to four hours for the bike to dry.
  4. Cover the parts of the bicycle you do not want to paint with the painter’s tape. Place the bicycle on heavy duty cloth rags.
  5. Cover frame with aerosol primer. Hold the can 8 inches (20.32 cm) from the surface of the bicycle. Wait four hours for it to dry.
  6. Covers the bicycle frame prepared with the oil-based enamel. Hold the can 8 inches (20.32 cm) as you apply it. Wait 12 hours before using the bike.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a respirator if you are working in an area with poor ventilation.
  • Never paint chrome without sanding, because if you do the finish will look bad.
  • Never paint on chromium that has not been treated, as the paint will fall off.
  • Do not use acrylic latex or oil based primer on a chrome bike, as the finish will not be good.