A wizardly Merlin Malt (build)

corpuschain

Dirt Disciple
Hey folks,

Following my successful build of my first Merlin Malt, I decided to build another one.
This will be a "use what you have" build, born out of the realisation that I had enough parts to build another bike. I just needed a frame, and so kept an eye out for bargains. Along came another Malt and so it begins.
While the first Malt was sprayed by a professional, for this, I decided to try my hand at spraying. I watched some videos by Old Shovel, and looked into Spray.Bike paints.

The colour scheme had to fulfil 3 criteria:
1) be a colour scheme I hadn't already had on a bike
2) be different to the modern trend of black,white or camo
3) be possible with Spray.Bikes range of colours.

I played around with designs in photoshop, and eventually settled on a purple frame with gold fork, with contrasting stars clustered around the front end.
I have two forks to go with it: one rigid ( a Specialized A1) and a suspension (Rockshox Judy XC).
Here are these parts stripped and primed.
 

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corpuschain

Dirt Disciple
Next steps!
In order to do the contrasting stars, I needed to spray the star colour onto the parts before adding the masking decals. The front of the frame is now gold, and the bottom of the forks are purple.
My brother made some vinyl stars for me, and you can see some stuck onto the rigid fork here. Amusingly, they're the same colour as the primer, so they kind of just look like gaps in the paint! Haha.
 

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corpuschain

Dirt Disciple
Next up was spraying the gold on the forks. I also decided to spray the stem I'll be using. It was black, and in nice condition, but I decided it would be fun to get a bit more colour coded with the components as well. My previous build was only really colour-co-ordinated on frame and fork, with black components, so why not take a different approach this time? So the stem will be gold as well!
 

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RickTheUncivil

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Hope it all comes out! This could look superb if it does, I fear if I tried something like this I would end up making a mess and having to burn down the shed to kill it
 

corpuschain

Dirt Disciple
After peeling off the stencils, the forks look really nice! The stars have come out really neatly. I added the Specialized decals to the rigid fork, so that's done, apart from top coat. I'll probably do most of the top coats at the same time.

I have also sprayed the purple on the frame and peeled off the stencils, and that looks excellent too! I made a couple of mistakes with peeling off the stars, so I will go back and fix that with a paintbrush. A trick here is to spray the paint directly into a small container (such as a lid) and then you can dip a brush in and fix those mistakes.
 

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