painting a bike
I am considering to paint two bicycles this fall/winter. The first one is a high end mountain bike and the second one is an older bike with high rise bars & a banana seat with a sissy bar that I had as a kid. I was wondering if an auto body paint shop would be able to do it good enough or if there are bike paint specialists out there to do it. I'm close to the Kitchener area so it would be nice to find someone relatively close by.
long time visiter
You could start with these guys in Guelph. They do their own custom frames, however they'll also paint other people's frames.
winterborne are great people and will do an excellent job, but i suggest doing it your self.
after sanding all the old paint off your frame give it a few coats of the colour you desire. i usually do about 2-4 coats, about a bottle and a half of spray paint. make sure you let the paint dry between coats. then get a clear, hard finish to do a final coat or two. if you want you can also start with a primer to insure if you do chip the finishing coat, the steel frame wont show through.
painting bikes your self obviously wont give you the high end results that paying alot of cash will, but it's really fun and gives you a chance to clean your bike, overhaul components while the paint dries, and generally feel more attached to your frame.
i recently did a cruiser red with a black fade at the lugs. i achieved this by holding the black spray paint at a 45 degree angle and lightly going across the bike, then doing the same with the red again and the places the two colours matched. i also taped off some of the lugs and painted them chrome. apparently i did a few too many coats of chrome and it looks all sludgy so ill have to re-do it.
I only know of three places in Ontario to get a paint job. Winterborne as all ready mentioned. True North Cycles in London or Waterloo may still be painting bikes for other people. The third is me, Velocolour. I am located in Toronto in the old Bicycle Specialties space.
Go with Velocolour. Noah did an outstanding job on my Steelwool and was also able to accommodate the frame work I needed done (braze-ons, internal cable routing, etc). he also took the extra time to polish up the lugs and clean up the edges. Above and beyond. You get what you pay for. And this is a seemingly basic paint job one you look at the gallery on the Velocolour site.
long time visiter
Nice paintjob ... especially around the details.