When I first purchased my new (to me) bike back in March from a nice older man in Victoria I was so excited to go for a nice long bike ride on it. As soon as I stepped my foot on the pedal I knew what his name should be. SAM. Now, some people think it’s named after a person (it’s not), I sometimes tell people it stands for Super Awesome Machine but really, that’s just his name. No reason, it just felt right. Shortly after that first ride I knew that I wanted to have SAM’s name put onto the frame. I wasn’t sure if I would get a decal made or if I would get it painted, I just knew that I wanted it on there.
After a quick google search, originally to find out how to paint over scratches, I discovered that you can use enamel paints (such a paints used to work on model cars) to do small touch-ups on a bike frame. One idea led to another and *BAM* I knew how to give SAM his own “tattoo”.
It was pretty easy really, I just found a font that I liked and that went with the other lettering on the frame and then printed it a few times on a sheet of sticker paper. I used a box-cutter to cut out the letters and then stuck the stencil on the frame, making sure there wasn’t any way the paint could bleed through the edges. After a quick coat of paint and a few minutes to air dry, I peeled off the stencil and SAM’s new ink was done!
Materials: sticker paper, box-cutter, enamel paint
Cost: $5 for paint
Time: about 30 minutes