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?