Bicycle Mechanics - Powder coat an S&S coupled frame?
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06-01-09, 12:46 AM
I'd like to have S&S couplers installed on a new Soma Smoothie ES frame. The paint near the couplers gets burned off when the couplers are brazed on. Bilenky (the S&S mechanic) charges $150 to touch-up paint those small sections back to their original color. But I don't really like the frame's original color (white or blue) anyway! (I prefer black.)
1. Can I get the whole frame powder coated, with the S&S couplers already installed on it? In fact, I'd like the S&S couplers themselves to be powder coated as well. Any problem?
2. I'd like to mask off some small sections of the frame to retain the original "Smoothie ES" text on the the top tube, and the "SF" logo on the seat tube. This way, the frame's original make and model can still be identified after power coating. And I think it would look cool. Is it easy to mask off sections of the frame for powder coating?
06-01-09, 01:16 PM
Powder coating is done at a relatively high temperature. Powder coaters can direct you to appropriate masking materials for areas that should be protected. Also probably advise if the temperature will damage remaining paint or decals.
Ask S&S or Mr Bilensky about powder coating the couplers. The way the parts engage at least some parts of the couplers will need to be left uncoated I suspect.
As for leaving paint on. Again check with the powder coater and consider that for powder coating the rest of he frame needs to be fully stripped of paint. Can you strip it with sharp edges for the areas to be left painted? I would check with Soma about getting replacement decals personally.
06-01-09, 06:20 PM
Ask Bilenky about repainting/powder coating the entire frame while they have it. They may give you a good price and you won't have to ship it anywhere else.
BTW, DO NOT paint the S&S coupler nuts. The first time you use the spanner to loosen or tighten them you will chip the paint and it will look dreadful. Leave them the standard plain stainless steel. Obviously , don't paint the threads either. That leaves the lugs that are welded or brazed to the frame that can be painted.
06-04-09, 08:49 PM
The whole purpose of powder coating the frame after having Bilenky install the couplers is to avoid the $325 he charges for a complete re-paint. I figure I could get it powder coated for less than that. Anyone know what kind of painting Bilenky uses? Is it worth $325?
Also, Steve at S&S told me TO BE SURE NOT to powder coat the threads, or I might not even be able to un-screw the couplers. Makes sense.
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