LESSONS / COURSES / BOOTH HIRE
PAINT YOUR OWN BIKE WITH US...
Knowing that a lot of the refinishing techniques we use are shrouded in mystery, we’re keen to lift the veil and share our knowledge and experience with like-minded creatives.
At certain times in the year we are able to offer courses for framebuilders, novice and professional alike. If you’ve just made your first frame and want to have a go at finishing it yourself or if you’re a successful builder in your own right and want to bring the process in-house, we can help you with the first steps.
(Additionally, for those who have attended our course, there is, at times, potential to hire our booth at a day rate or pay us a visit for more advanced tutoring covering specialist techniques such as fades, marbling and chrome effects etc)
WHAT YOU’LL GET
Our "Introduction to Paint" course costs £800 and will consist of three individual visits to Cole Coatings Workshop in South East London.
You will be instructed, supervised and assisted throughout the entire process of finishing your own frame, from bare metal to final polish.
You’ll be granted full access to our spray booth.
All tools, paints and consumables will be provided.
If needed, you’ll be guided with colour choices, design and branding.
Finally you’ll walk away with a frame with a three colour finish, polished to perfection and ready to ride and we'll probably get a pizza to celebrate.
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THINGS TO NOTE
The course will cover a frame and fork only - no peripherals such as stems/posts/mudguards etc.
Courses will sometimes have two students on Day 1.
Day 2 will be one-to-one.
Day 3 will sometimes have two students.
Paint schemes will have a maximum of three colours.
We'll agree on the basics of your design before we begin in order that we're working towards a realistic achievable goal but once you're here and can see the the tools and resources available, your project might develop and grow.
This course covers the fundamentals of refinishing; gun handling; prep and basic paint application.
Advanced techniques such as use of neons, fades, candies, glitters, 'interclear' layers, marbling, non-gloss finishes, freehand technical masking, multi-stage or overlap masking won't be possible - we will cover these elements in an "Advanced" course for those who complete the introductory sessions.
HOW IT BREAKS DOWN
READYING THE SUBSTRATE & PRIMING
– You’ll prepare your frame in readiness for primer.
– Mask off any threads and areas to remain paint free.
– Be shown how to set up and ‘dial in’ an HVLP spray gun.
– Mix your products.
– Apply your primer.
PREPPING FOR PAINT
– You’ll be walked through the various steps required to key the primed surface for paint.
– 'Breakthrough' areas will be tended to.
– Colour choices will be made.
– You’ll finalise your scheme and prepare any stencils and masks for your graphic elements.
– You’ll set up the spray booth and equipment.
– Measure and mix all of your products.
– Place all your branding and masks throughout.
– Use a mini spraygun to apply your base colours.
– Use an airbrush for any finer details.
– Mix and apply your clearcoat.
– You'll fully de-mask your frameset.
– You’ll fully de-mask your frameset.
– The surface will be de-nibbed and wet flatted.
– You’ll run through various stages of abrasives and compounds to bring the finish to a shine.
– You’ll remove any extraneous paint product from bottom bracket faces and headtubes as necessary.
– You’ll walk away with a fully re-finished frameset.