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    Faster but still slow slowandsteady's Avatar
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    Cost to professionally paint a frame?

    How much? I have an old cromoly MTB frame that I would like to get painted. What does a good paint job cost? I am not talking anything spectacular with fade jobs or flames or pin stripping just a decent paint job.
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    Not to be smart pants.....
    If the frame is stripped and ready to paint not much at a local body shop.
    (With care you can do it yourself with spray cans and get a decent job)

    If fully assembled.....a LOT more at a local body shop.

    It all comes down to the time consuming labor intensive prep work to
    get the bike ready to paint.
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    If the frame is stripped, you might even be able to find a DIY powdercoating place in your neck of the woods.

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    I had my already-stripped frame powdercoated for $75 a couple of years ago. That was for the main frame and the fork, two color coats and a clear coat. Having them strip it would have upped the price to $90, and considering what I went through to strip the old paint, I should have bitten at that deal! Unless you're looking for some fancy effects, powdercoating is the way to go - it's much more durable than paint. You said your frame is Chromoly, but if it were aluminum you'd have to make sure they used low-temp powdercoat so as not to ruin the temper.

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    Faster but still slow slowandsteady's Avatar
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    Okay so what is powdercoating?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    Okay so what is powdercoating?
    Electrostatically applied powder laquer that is then baked at 275-400 degrees F. so it all melts together and adheres to the substrate (frame).

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    Powdercoating ran me $75. One coat. It's very durable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    How much? I have an old cromoly MTB frame that I would like to get painted. What does a good paint job cost? I am not talking anything spectacular with fade jobs or flames or pin stripping just a decent paint job.
    My prices start at $200. More if you DO want a fade and/or pin stripes.
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