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.
Stewart S&S coupled sport tourer, Stewart Sunday light, Stewart Commuting, Stewart Touring, Co Motion Tandem, Stewart 3-Spd, Stewart Track, Fuji Finest, Raleigh Pro, Trek Cycle Cross, Mongoose tomac ATB, GT Bravado ATB, JCP Folder
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.
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 gun to help flex the vinyl around the curves. That will prevent it from bubbling up.