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    Bay Area Custom Paint?

    Any recommendations for a nice custom painter who does bikes? I need something at a relatively good value but I am also looking for possible detail work on the lugs of an onld steel frame. Thanks!
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    Which Bay Area? The Bay of Profundis Hotoaki? Don't know anyone there where ever there really is.

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    That would be the Bay of Arrakis. I'm not sure if there are any good painters there, but the sandblasting is free.

    Isn't it funny how we assume that everyone knows what we're talking about when we use local geographical references in an international forum?
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    I know he meant THE Bay Area being SF Bay Area because he capitalized the words. Ed Litton, Richmond,CA is one of the really good bike painters that I know of there. He is not cheap but he will match the original paint and usually has the proper decal set for the bike. Cycle art might still be around (So Cal) but I thought that the original owner sold the company ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanster04
    Cycle art might still be around (So Cal) but I thought that the original owner sold the company ?????

    http://www.cyclart.com/custompaint.html

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    Sorry! San Francisco Bay Area. Don't mean to get too wrapped up in myself

    I don't necessarily need someone to match original paint, because I have my own ideas. I just need to find a good frame first.
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    Joe's Bicycle Painting in Santa Cruz does the paint work for Calfee.
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    After a hiatus of a decade or so, Mark Bunten (aka: Dr. Deltron) is setting up a new paint shop in Marina, or so I've heard. That's the Monterey Bay area just south of you, a tad further than Santa Cruz.

    Unfortunately, not many photos of Mark's work are on-line but if you Google "Mark Bunten Dr. Deltron" you'll come upon a couple of Lobster Bike frames he did back in the early nineties. I've seen many other frames he's done, which are truly phenomenal examples of custom fades and patterns. He's a very creative guy with incredible air-brush skill. If you're interested in contacting him I'll track down his e-mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanster04
    Ed Litton, Richmond,CA is one of the really good bike painters that I know of there. He is not cheap but he will match the original paint and usually has the proper decal set for the bike.
    Ed Litton did the restoration of my 1974 Mondia Super, and it came out stunning. Frame repair, paint, pinstriping, and decals came to $435. Paint alone was about $250-$300.

    You can see the complete set of pictures here:
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    Excellent work, excellent communication, very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I couldn't have been more happy. Turn around time was about 3 months, but a lot of that was because it was summer and he went on an extended vacation (told me up front).



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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE
    Joe's Bicycle Painting in Santa Cruz does the paint work for Calfee.
    Joe's for sure. I just got back from lunch with Joe himself. He does great custom stuff in addition to all the reynold's fork clear coats, zipp cranks, Leopard frames, and Calfees.

    Reasonable prices, and good turn around times (~2-4 weeks)

    Give him a call

    (831) 786-8540

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    If you're still looking for a Bay-area painter try e-mailing mb@mbent.net
    Here's his latest paint job on a cast-away Prolite BMX frame he found.
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    It sounds like you really want to have somebody do it for you, but sense nobody else mentioned it, why not do it yourself? I restored an old 1940's Columbia cruiser. First I had it commercialy acid dipped, then painted it with red white and blue car paint. It looks like an interesting albeit dorky peter fonda chopper. (Sorry, no pics).

    Restoring a frame is a good opportunity for a learning experience, and besides, you could save some serious cash.
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    Joe's Carbon It's expensive $400/500 but they do a really good job, Cyclart are expensive and sometimes they works aren't perfect...

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    that is cool to know
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    Silva's cycles (Campbell) does custom frames and is working with an auto painter next door to them. You might give them a call


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanster04 View Post
    Which Bay Area? The Bay of Profundis Hotoaki? Don't know anyone there where ever there really is.
    Quote Originally Posted by twahl View Post
    Isn't it funny how we assume that everyone knows what we're talking about when we use local geographical references in an international forum?
    C'mon guys... I know you were yanking his chain, but it wouldn't have been hard to look at the profile under his username and notice he's in San Mateo, CA. But even without that tidbit of info, "the Bay Area" is a pretty common geographical reference to the San Francisco Bay Area, at least within the United States. Kinda like if I told someone I was going to Manhattan, do I need to specify New York or Kansas? Some things can be left to reasonable inference.

    But then again, maybe my viewpoint is skewed being a (San Francisco) Bay Area native. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentrox! View Post
    After a hiatus of a decade or so, Mark Bunten (aka: Dr. Deltron) is setting up a new paint shop in Marina, or so I've heard. That's the Monterey Bay area just south of you, a tad further than Santa Cruz.

    Unfortunately, not many photos of Mark's work are on-line but if you Google "Mark Bunten Dr. Deltron" you'll come upon a couple of Lobster Bike frames he did back in the early nineties. I've seen many other frames he's done, which are truly phenomenal examples of custom fades and patterns. He's a very creative guy with incredible air-brush skill. If you're interested in contacting him I'll track down his e-mail.
    that is cool to know...he did some very creative work
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