Thursday, June 7, 2012

How To Spray Paint A Bugaboo Chassis Frame - Instructions & Step By Step Guide


Here is a step by step guide to spray painting a pushchair/buggy/stroller/pram frame/chassis.

You could do this to any frame iCandy, Silver cross, Quinny, Graco, Oyster, Cosatto, Stokke, Phil and Teds, Britax - the list is endless!

I have chosen to spray paint my 2nd Generation Bugaboo Cameleon.

Tools/materials needed:

  • Abrasive papers, cellulose thinners
  • Masking tape, Newspaper
  • Primer, Car spray paint, Lacquer, Glitter spray (if required)
  • Warm soapy water, clean water, Dust mask
  • Disposable gloves

Step 1 - Getting Set Up

Warm and dry conditions are ideal for spray painting, as aerosols don't always work best in the damp and colder temperatures hinder drying time. If it's not warm and dry outside, work in a well-ventilated garage. Wear overalls or old clothes and disposable gloves - goggles and a dust mask will also keep stray droplets of spray paint away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Step 2 - Preparation

To prepare for spraying, use aluminium oxide abrasive paper (graded at 80 grit) to rub the surface to be painted down to bare metal. 


Spray Painted Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Frame
Stripped &
Sanded

 

Step 3 - Masking Up

The area to be painted should now be clean and dry - any traces of dirt or wax can be removed using cellulose thinners. Mask off any areas not being painted using masking tape and newspaper (to avoid hard edges, increase the area to be painted by moving the masking tape back gradually as you apply each coat of paint). 


Spray Painted Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Frame, Taped & Sprayed With Gray Primer


Step 4 - Spraying Primer


Holding the spray can approximately 25cm away from the surface to be painted, apply a number of coats of primer at 15-minute intervals until the area is evenly covered. Go an inch over the original layer of paint to help it blend in, using several light layers of paint. 


Step 5 - Preparing To Paint

Allow at least 24 hours for the primer to dry thoroughly, then rub down with 1200 grit wet & dry paper until smooth. Clean the area with warm, soapy water, rinse, then dry fully. 


Step 6 - Applying The Paint 

To start painting, shake the can vigorously for two minutes to ensure the paint is thoroughly mixed. Apply a number of coats at 15-minute intervals, shaking the can between each one.



Spray Painted Matt Black Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Spray Painted Matt Black Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Frame



Spray Painted Matt Black Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Spray Painted Matt Black Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Frame

Step 7 - Metallic Paint 

If you're using a metallic paint colour, allow the paintwork 24 hours to dry then rub it down with 1200 grit wet and dry paper. It should lose its gloss appearance and take on a dull, matt finish. Clean with warm, soapy water, rinse and dry. 



 *This is the stage where I sprayed the Silver Glitter Spray.

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

It is very difficult to capture the amazing sparkle of the glitter in a photo. When the Sun hits this frame, the sparkle is truly stunning.


Step 8 - Finishing Off

Now apply two coats of lacquer, separated by a gap of 15-minutes.
If the finish looks patchy, apply another coat of paint or wait until the surface is completely dry before rubbing it down and starting the lacquering process again. 



Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

The Finished Result!


Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame
Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame

Spray Painted Glitter Bugaboo Cameleon 2nd Generation Chassis Frame


7 comments:

  1. I love this! i have ordered the products you mentioned to do the same to my quinny buzz. Looks amazing xxx

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  2. cant wait to do it to my oyster!!

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  3. AMAZING. I have been wanting to Spray Paint the frame of my old but trusty Frog. Now you just inspired me....thank you for posting and sharing this valuable demonstration!

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  4. wow im going to try this with mu luna x

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  5. can u reccomend a lacquer to use?

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  6. can you please tell me all the products you used so I can try this please x

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  7. ooo I love those sparkles... if you don't want to paint you can vinyl... http://www.suggys.co.uk/Leanne/bugaboo-cameleon-generation-2-chassis/#.UnqliGxFBdg

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