How to custom paint a bike frame

It’s no secret I love my SCOTT FOIL. And I was really, really excited last year when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on the new model. Oh yeah! There was just one teeny little problem: the only XL left was… bright, lush, in-your-face, grassy green…

I mean, seriously guys? Green*?? I thought the only brand who can get away (somehow) with dodgy colour options begins with Cannon– and ends in –dale…

I would like to point out that SCOTT have come to their senses and have some absolutely awesome paintjobs for the 2019 bikes.

So anyway, the frameset sat in my bedroom for weeks, which dragged into months. I had to wear sunglasses to look at it so I didn’t get eyesore… But when my beloved old SCOTT FOIL started showing signs of fatigue just before the Haute Route Alps, I bit the bullet. I built it up, and hit the road. Up, down, hammering along the flats: it’s a seriously awesome bike… And from the saddle the colour didn’t seem so bad. Almost.

I had to wear sunglasses to look at it so I didn’t get eyesore…

How to custom paint a bike?

I could sand it down. I could spray it myself. But a world-class bike deserves some world-class bling… That’s it! I grabbed my phone and shot a quick message off to my mate Peto “Hey man, where did you get that amazing paint done?”

Nah, not really: I asked Google like everyone else. Lumar Colors in Padova, Italy are THE reference in bike painting in Europe, communication with Luca was super cool, and my Foil went from tough-on-the-eyes to World-Champ-awesome in a few short days.

I asked Google like everyone else. Lumar Colors in Padova, Italy are THE reference in bike painting

8 steps detailed

Step 1. Spend many hours deciding exactly how the bike should look and drawing a mock-up for the guys who are going to do the job – thanks to the marketing and design teams from SCOTT Sports for the original vector works, or I’d still be fighting with Illustrator.

Step 2. Remove all components from frame and pack it in a million layers of bubble wrap and a box. Send off to Italy with fingers crossed no lorry driver feels like crushing 4Ks worth of carbon.

Step 3. Remove layers of wrapping and sand paint off down to the thin carbon overcoat.

Step 4. Spray the frame with the pearlescent main colour. Admire how it shimmers in the light.

Step 5. Add black colour blocks as per mock-up. Yep, it’s really starting to pop now!

Step 6. Replace brand stickering as designed by SCOTT in the first place.

Step 7. Repack bike, organise transport, cross everything possible that it arrives in one piece.

Step 8. Yes, it really does look this good! The finishing is superb, right down to the last detail. Check it out!