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    Need to have stripes painted on a carbon frame.

    I need some stripes put on my wife's bike. It is only clearcoated right now.

    I tried one of the bike painters (John's bike painting?), frankly forgot the site, cause he quoted me $550.

    I have attached a photo below. Seems like it'd be pretty easy to have some color shot on here, but I am having a hell of a time finding someone local to do it, or a good price online. I realize that I need to pay for setup time etc from a painter, but I picked up the frame for $350, so a $500 paint job is out of the question. I had considered having vinyl stickers made, but lining up the chevrons is really difficult getting all of the angles set up just right to have it match on the back side. Masking it seems much easier.

    I had considered painting it myself, but don't want to screw it up too bad. was thinking shooting hobby paint on it that is made to be able to bend with something like RC bodies or something.


    Untitled by adam_mac84, on Flickr


    Untitled by adam_mac84, on Flickr

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    The lines on there are made out of some vinyl sheets that I cut. They look OK from 5 feet, but the are definitely rough!!!!

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    I'm afraid that painters charge quite a bit and stripes are a lot of work. If you want cheap, you probably are stuck with vinyl.

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    Warning a snarky remark follows- If it would make you happy you could send me $1000 so that now the frame cost $1350. Would that make the repaint cost a good value?

    Really- reguardless of the bike's cost the work that a painter will need to do is the same and seperate of the frame's cost. Any good painter wants a good rep. This takes a certain amount of work, prep, paint, finishing time and SKILL. Think of it like a house getting painted. An expensive house of the same size takes the same work and materials as a low cost house. And just like house painting you get what you are willing to pay for. You might see the job as being only the stripes. The painter sees the area around the stripes needing attention and the whole frame needing a t the very least a number of clear coats. Andy.

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    550 seems like a fair price. Painting is a very time consuming process. Prep, base, stripes, clear, sand, clear, sand, clear, sand, clear, buff.... You could easily spend 4+ hours. If you stick to the vinyl, use a small hobby heating *** to help flex the vinyl around the curves. That will prevent it from bubbling up.

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