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    painting/coloring cable housing?

    Anyone tried and had success painting their cable housing? Yes, yes...I know cables and housing aren't that costly, but these are all pretty new and in fine working order. Would like to change the color of them though, as I'm changing a few things around on the bike.

    This is on one of my road bikes and there is very little cable housing exposed...runs from the end of the bartap to the headtube. Then just two small other pieces of housing, one at TT to rear brake, one at the RD.

    Probably some sort of decent quality spray paint would be fine, just have to figure out protecting the frame against overspray.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nayr497 View Post
    Probably some sort of decent quality spray paint would be fine, just have to figure out protecting the frame against overspray.
    You would have to remove them, there is no way you would get coverage on the bike.

    Paint is brittle, and will crack and flake if put on anything that moves/flexes. You will need to look for flexible paint, which is a thing (different types exist). Still might not work.

    You might be able to use dye. Very light wet sand to scuff, it should take dye. Probably not cheap fabric dye, but quality dye, which should not increase the circumference of the housing like paint would.

    Colored housings are available. Not every shade in the world of course, but many colors. Once you factor in paint/dye costs and potential failures and time, that's the way I would go unless looking to get a SUPER custom color.

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    Yeah...I was figuring this is more trouble than it is worth and I just need to recable it. I'm capable of doing it myself, just not much free time in the near future. Then again, there is very, very little housing on this bike.

    Yeah...black! I set this bike up with a lot of white parts, but then I did a full white out on another bike, so I'd like to make this bike mostly black. It currently has white housing

    Oh well, I enjoy tweaking the looks of my various bikes, so this will just be another project to work on in the future.

    Thanks for the reply!

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    I know, I know. Point(s) taken. I'll just live with the white housing until I get some time to recable it. Thanks for setting me straight. It's way too nice of a bike to mess around with anyway.

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    If you look on Amazon, you can find housing in different colors.
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    Definitely not paint but heat-shrink tubing may do the trick, but as inexpensive as housing is new housing is the best choice.
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    Tape, lots of colors, and just wrap it at an angle.
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    Jagwire comes in a variety of colors. I have orange on one of my bikes.

    https://jagwire.com/products/housing
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    Painting cable housing probably takes longer to do than just changing the housing itself. But if you're really hell bent on painting it, I would suggest either plasti dip it or just use a sharpie. You do know that paint or plasti dip will make the housing weigh more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upstateSC-rider View Post
    Definitely not paint but heat-shrink tubing may do the trick, but as inexpensive as housing is new housing is the best choice.
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