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Old 12-25-12, 12:30 PM   #1
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Painting job and new decals.....help

I know there are 100 million posts on painting and I've read most of them. I'm pretty sure I'm just going to get my aluminum frame powdercoated black. My problem is about decals. I would like to get some custom lettering done on the frame. Nothing crazy but just basic white lettering on black paint. I am doing a cheapish build for my girlfriend so she can have a bike to commute with. I don't need showroom quality but I've tried the rattle-can method on my mountain bike and it looked good until I leaned it against a bike rack and it has been chipping ever since. So for the decals, do I buy vinyll decals and clear coat over them? Do I get the powdercoat shop to paint the lettering on? What is the cheapest option that will last?
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Old 12-25-12, 05:18 PM   #2
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After I got my Cross Check powder coated I put a set of Surly's decals on directly over the powder coating with no clear coat over them. That held up pretty well. Over 2+ years and about 3000 miles one part of one letter came off. You might get different results with one-off custom decals.
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Old 12-25-12, 11:09 PM   #3
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Worry over, brand spotting, making theft more likely. may be reduced by not putting any logos on it.
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Old 12-26-12, 08:10 PM   #4
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They wouldn't be brand decals at all. I was going to put "numbus 2000" on it since my girlfriend enjoys the harry potter books. I thought it would be amusing.
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Old 12-26-12, 08:39 PM   #5
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Nimbus made some pretty sexy motorcycles back in the day, gorgeous inline four cylinder... Made in England, of course

The broom in Harry Potter was shaped like the exhaust pipe from the bike.
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