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    Death's Right Hand
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    Painting a bike?

    So I'm looking to buy a bike for the wife. We have looked at TREK, Giant, Fisher, GT, etc... She likes a bunch of them but the problem is she hates all the colors. She hates them all so much she won't buy a bike. I think I'm going to get her a TREK 4300 WSD... My question is, how hard would it be to paint it? Is there people who do this? Is there a special paint to use?

    Thanks in advance!






    Yes I realize she is a spoiled and picky woman...
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    what color would she like?
    And yes you can get custom jobs done.

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    There's a sticky thread on the Classic & Vintage forum HERE. It started out as a way to exchange reviews about the quality of frame painters, but there's a lot of DIY info, too.
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    I have no clue, I don't really pay attention...

    What would a custom job cost (roughly)? I don't want to spend $400+ on a bike to dish out another $100 for paint.

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    She doesn't want* a bike! That's why she doesn't like how any of them look.

    Or maybe she objects to the bold new bikes and would prefer a nice vintage bike. I don't like how modern bikes look, generally, either!

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    A lot of the womens bikes we looked at were pink with flowers and purple with little circle things... or baby blue, purple, etc...





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    You can get a semi-decent paint job from rattle-cans. I've repainted several old bikes with spotty results.
    But DAYUM, I can't imagine sanding down a spankin-new bike to then cover it with a lesser coat of paint.

    If you do try the DIY route, be sure to use a self-etching primer (two coats) and DON'T even attempt a glossy paint.

    As for the cost of having a pro do it, you're probably looking at paying at least $200 and that is on the low end. You might be able to find an auto paint & body shop to spray one for less, but you will have to do all the prep work before you take it in.

    (I think solveg nailed it. She doesn't really want a bike.)
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    You can take the decals off... who could object to a white bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjrocco View Post
    I have no clue, I don't really pay attention...

    What would a custom job cost (roughly)? I don't want to spend $400+ on a bike to dish out another $100 for paint.
    You might as well forget it then. Disassembly, stripping, repainting and reassembly is going to run a lot more than $100.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjrocco View Post
    So ...She likes a bunch of them but the problem is she hates all the colors. She hates them all so much she won't buy a bike....Yes I realize she is a spoiled and picky woman...
    You must be a really handsome guy...

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    Have you thought about looking into a smaller men's frame? They tend to not have "girly" designs on them, which may be what's bugging your wife. Lord knows I don't want to ride something with pink swirlies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raster View Post
    Have you thought about looking into a smaller men's frame? They tend to not have "girly" designs on them, which may be what's bugging your wife. Lord knows I don't want to ride something with pink swirlies.
    Yes we looked... She is 4'11" so finding something like that has been hard.

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    We will be hitting the trails, so she needs a MTB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solveg View Post
    You can take the decals off...
    Mostly a +1!...but...
    some decals are cleared over and others are mass airbrush painted, or even anodized.

    But on a $400 bike, I'd wager that they peel right off.

    Quote Originally Posted by solveg View Post
    ... who could object to a white bike?
    You mean "blank canvas"??






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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Deltron View Post
    You mean "blank canvas"??


    Why, yes! Now that I think about it!

    (pjrocco: Dr. Deltron is out local bike artist...)

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    What color does she want? What kind of bike is she looking at? Here is a list of a bunch of different women's bike manufacturers. http://www.teamestrogen.com/wsdBikes.asp.
    She doesn't like any of the colors at all?..

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