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    Where to get bike painted?

    I'd like to get a fancy new paint job for my bike!

    Who does this? Should I go to an auto body shop? Is there anybody who specializes in it?

    Thanks,

    Hal

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    Most people here will recommend getting your bike powder coated. This is a process where a fine powder is electrostatically bonded to your bike, and is then baked in a large oven for several hours. This is by far the most durable finish you can get, and it will cost about the same amount as a auto body shop paint job (that is, $100 - $250). However, this will usually be only a single color. If you want a real fancy paint job, you can send your frame to a professional bike painter. You can search the forums for some recommendations. Be prepared for a long wait and a large price tag if you choose this route, however.

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    I would think most auto body shops would take the job just as a diversion on the side. Only way to know is to call and ask.

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    and is then baked in a large oven for several hours.....

    We do powder coat at work, only in the oven for about 1'2 hour

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    I was watching American Chopper last night. Mikey was helping to powdercoat a motorcycle frame, and I remember one of the paintshop guys saying the bike goes into a 380* oven for 20 minutes.

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    If you're near San Diego: http://www.cyclart.com/newindex.html Even if you're not from the area, you can get an idea of pricing from their site.

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    You should PM Rad/55. He has some experience in this area

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    Classic!

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    Why not paint it yourself? Dozen of people from the forum have painted thier own bikes with great results. Hell one guy even used a hot car sitting in the sun for the oven result. (I tried to find that thread because the information shared was excellent, but the search produced to many results.) If you don't like the way it turns out then send it to a pro.
    By the way, what bike do you want to paint? Is it worth paying a pro 250 bucks for?
    A bicycle, or bike, is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other.

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    I recently had a restoration painted at a body shop.

    Sprayed and baked, beautiful job. $100.

    Ask around your local bike shops about who does painting, or phone the body shops. You will find that there is one or two where bikes are painted. If you find a shop that does a lot of motorbikes they would be good too.

    Make sure before you get it sprayed that you coat any internal threads with vaseline so the paint doesn't stick ( bottom bracket, derailleur hanger, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanybikes
    I recently had a restoration painted at a body shop.

    Sprayed and baked, beautiful job. $100.

    Ask around your local bike shops about who does painting, or phone the body shops. You will find that there is one or two where bikes are painted. If you find a shop that does a lot of motorbikes they would be good too.

    Make sure before you get it sprayed that you coat any internal threads with vaseline so the paint doesn't stick ( bottom bracket, derailleur hanger, etc.)
    Did you FIRST have to strip the old paint yourself ?
    A bicycle, or bike, is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other.

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    You don't have to strip it yourself, but as with cars the more you do before, the less they will charge.

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    Forget striping all the paint... I just don't want to have to rebuild the thing, yet again.

    I wonder if they will just take it as is and return it nice and shiney and "new."

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    I agree that powder is the way to go, unless you have quality lugs, which will get washed out a bit by the thickness of the powder. If you want good looking send it to http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com/ look at their stuff and drool. If you want a flat color and done for cheep then look around in the industrial's where you live. there is a small powder facility that the shop I worked at uses and they said $30 -$40 bucks for a bike (which tells you that they have never done a bike and you might have to drill, face, and tap some of the things that they forgot to mask.

    Milo

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    So powder coating is more protective than paint I take it?

    I heard one ugly rumor that powder coating doesn't flex like paint, so it will crack at the lugs when the frame is flexed.

    Anyone know if this is true?

    Powder coating sounds like the trick for my touring frame.

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    You have to really bash it to have the powder crack. and you can't just touch it up. If you have nice lugs though it may wash them out because the powder is so thick compared to paint.

    Milo

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