A few readers responded to my The AsSALT Begins post from last week. Reader Carl sent along an email with his unique solution to the fight against salt corrosion. He coated his entire bike with Plasti Dip. He no longer has the bike and is not sure if he can dig up pictures, but he was kind enough to offer the text below. And for another example of a unique use of Plasti Dip, see this past bike hacks post. And if readers have other ideas/solutions, send them along to us for posting.
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Sold that bike to a buddy when I left the bay. It has since been stolen
He didn't double up on his locks. Don't think I have any pics of it... but here is a basic write-up . . .
I only pulled the bb because I was replacing it anyways, otherwise I would have just masked it off, cause I sealed around the bb afterwards with some brush-on PD. Anyways, I had a bare frame, so I went to town with the spray. Every nook and cranny, cranks and handlebars, seat post, everything got 3 coats, each coat while the last one was still tacky.
After I put it back together, I laid down a coat on the headset and using a razor cut a slit around the bottom of it so it could move freely. Same for the bb, except I masked around the axle, and I had ran out of spray so I used brush on. Used aforementioned razor to clear the teeth on the crank of PD. Pretty sure that's all there was to it. It was a helluva lot more durable than spray paint, looked cool too.
It lasted about 8 months before it started to peel off in places, and once a year hit it was all gone. A buddy of mine told me that was because of 2 things; I didn't scuff the surface of the paint, and I didn't use a solvent to rid the surface of dirt and oils. He said if I had done those things, it probably would have lasted twice as long. So if you do it right, it's a yearly treatment, but its cheap, pretty easy and doesn't care when your chain/u-lock smacks into it.
I'm planning on doing the same thing to my current bike this winter, but using spray on truck bed liner, since I moved inland and need toughness more than water proofing. We'll see how that goes, and if it works I'll be sure to get you pics of this one.