Join Date: May 2007
Location: Miami, FL
Bikes: 1986 Fuji Allegro 12 Spd; 1997 Fuji MX-200 21 Spd; 2010 Vilano SS/FG 46/16
The powder coat, that's a decent price. DIY ? I just sanded & did a chrome frame with self etching primer & engine enamel. It's new, yet uglified. Like retro grouch's post, the rattle can is rarely going to be a professional job. But you made a good point, do everything yourself prior to a professional clear coat. That has possibilities, I thought about that myself, but the pro wanted $ 30 more to clear coat after the engine enamel. I figure I'll buy another can of engine enamel and spray over chips and scratches and just let this bike ride as is at this point. I'm pleased with it.
Another thought, if you're after a bike that you will keep and ride for years and years, a few more bucks into now to make it the way you want it isn't really a budget issue even if you go over budget. Think of it as what the additional cost is over 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years. The bmx I did is 7 going on 8 years old. $ 30 over budget over the next 10 years actually works out to less than a penny a day. Others laugh at me when I pick up pennies and spare change others have dropped. It adds up.