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Old 01-26-14, 02:23 PM   #1
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Looking for powder coating in Kitchener, Waterloo, Toronto, etc.

Hey guys, anyone know if a good powder coating place that does bicycles around Waterloo Region and maybe the GTA? I need to have it stripped, sandblasted, filled (just a couple of nicks in the frame), and finally it needs to be powder coated with glossy black (does it also need to be clear coated?). All the parts I need done include the frame, fork, and two rims. I don't want to pay a lot, I've looked around and most places do around $250-$640+, but I'm looking for under $150 that includes everything I mentioned. It would be great if this place had experience with painting bicycles before so I know they know what they're doing. I'm working on a pretty amazing project right now (restoring my 1988 Trek 1200 road bike) and this would just be the cherry on top to have it professionally done. And don't mention DIY. I have already tried that... and well... now I'm asking where to have it professionally painted so you can guess how it turned out haha. Thanks! Oh AND I have decals so those will need to go on too, so I probably will need a clear coat.

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Old 01-29-14, 05:43 AM   #2
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Hey guys, anyone know if a good powder coating place that does bicycles around Waterloo Region and maybe the GTA? I need to have it stripped, sandblasted, filled (just a couple of nicks in the frame), and finally it needs to be powder coated with glossy black (does it also need to be clear coated?). All the parts I need done include the frame, fork, and two rims. I don't want to pay a lot, I've looked around and most places do around $250-$640+, but I'm looking for under $150 that includes everything I mentioned. It would be great if this place had experience with painting bicycles before so I know they know what they're doing. I'm working on a pretty amazing project right now (restoring my 1988 Trek 1200 road bike) and this would just be the cherry on top to have it professionally done. And don't mention DIY. I have already tried that... and well... now I'm asking where to have it professionally painted so you can guess how it turned out haha. Thanks! Oh AND I have decals so those will need to go on too, so I probably will need a clear coat.
I've used Byers Bush in Mississauga a couple of times. I wouldn't say they did a great job. They were kind of sloppy with the masking and ended up with a couple of spots that didn't get full coverage.
Their rates vary by colour. White or black is best, because they are always running those colours, so you won't be dinged with a setup charge. If you want another colour, you can wait until they are running a big job in that colour, or you can pay the setup charge which will just about double your price.
I paid a hundred bucks for a frame and fork.
I'm going to shop around for my next project though, because like I said, they did not impress. There is another one in Mississauga near where I work. Simba Powder Coating on Atlantic. http://www.simbapowder.com/ I might give them a try.
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Old 01-30-14, 10:19 AM   #3
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I have been looking in to powder coating in KW. So far, I've found Century Powdercoating in Kitchener and Westex Coatings in Waterloo.

Century has quite reasonable rates for bike frames listed right on their website. I've found mixed reviews online. It seems sometimes they drop the ball on customer service. I can't really tell if this is common or just a few people who are really picky.

Westex is where my favourite LBS sends frames for coating, so I suspect their work is good. However, I've been a bit disappointed by their service. I've called twice, leaving messages for the coating manager asking to get pricing info and details on what's included in terms of prep. Neither time have I received a call back.

For what it's worth, when I contacted Hugh Black of True North Cycles (they have a powder coating shop for their own frames), he suggested VéloColour. From what I gather, that's the place to go if you want to restore a frame really well. My needs are much more utilitarian though, so it's way out of my price range. If I were trying to restore a very fancy or sentimentally important frame though, I would strongly consider that option.
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Thanks aglauser, I got in touch with both Century and Westex and they both had very reasonable prices. I was interested in VéloColour because of their high price tag as well as their use of wet paint rather than powder coating which isn't as durable. For the frame, fork and two rims I got quotes for $160 at Century and $150 at Westex. The price difference is obviously so small that I don't care which one I have to pay, but I don't know who would do a better job. I like the fact that Century has done bikes before but I'm not sure how well Westex would do it, although they seem like a larger, more professional company. Any recommendations on which way to go? Since I don't have a crazy paint job in mind (just one colour, probably black) I want it done evenly, not too think, and just done well I don't care too much about customer service or anything, just the quality of the job!
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