The backstory: My Trek Fuel EX was my first mountain bike, which I got about 4 years ago, and since it was my first MTB, it has been crashed a bunch and the paint of the rear triangle has definitely seen better days. For some reason, my old MTB/CX shoes allowed a ton of float and my heels could rub on the seat and chain stays and over time a ton of paint had come off, to the point it was down to bare metal in some spots.
|The non-drive side looked just as bad|
|A few shots of what I was dealing with after disassembly|
I initially ordered a silver/grey color of paint but the color match with the rest of the frame was terrible. However, I was super impressed with how easy the SprayBike was to use. No drips, runs, etc. If you've ever used spray paint you know how drippy it can be. So the first color "Marleyborne" would act as a second coat of primer. I then ordered a can of a shade of blue that looked like it would match the accents on the front triangle. This second can fortunately hit the spot.
|The blue was a great match for my bike, the tarp, and my Park Tools stand|
Should have took a close up, but the finish is great. My only concern is if the finish is going to hold up. They make a clear coat as well, but that wasn't available. I took a ride today where it got wet and muddy and so far so good. The stuff is about $18 a can and they charge you quite a bit to ship it, but a can is enough to do a whole frame according to the company. Some people have done some pretty cool designs with it, check out the website at: https///spraybike.us
Hope everyone enjoyed that, it was a fun little project and I don't have any super gnarly rides to report on...stay safe out there, hopefully we can have a RacerX social outside sometime soon.