Thousands have painted bikes. They hold up just like any painted surface. Not sure on the specifics. I bought mine painted already. It depends on what you are going for. If you want show quality you get what you pay for. If you wanna try it yourself and dont care totally about the quality Im sure you could find a video on youtube to show you how. I tried to paint a set a couple years ago and I ran into a few problems. but thats how it always goes. but its always fun to try it your self.