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    Ever seen paint like this on a bike?

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    I'm talking about the reflective orange and red bits if you haven't figured it out yet.

    The reason I want to know is that I'm looking at repainting my bike and apparently this particular look only requires tinted clear coat over polished aluminum (and it looks pretty BA). Before I even really think of doing this though I would like to see what it looks like over a whole frame and all the common bikes today are either painted with regular candy coat/metallic or some sort of flat paint. So if you could point me in the direction of some shiny bikes I would be much obliged.

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    Either anodized, a pearl or a candy perhaps? Could even be a powder coat. Might want to try an autobody forum.

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    Get thee to a Maaco!

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    Powder coat.

    I have a pair of Velocity wheels on my bike in Electric Blue powdercoat. You can see the grain of the aluminum through it. It doesn't photograph well, and it also goes opaque in certain lighting. But especially in bright sunshine, you can easily tell it's semi-transparent. They have several other colors that do the same thing. I don't see why you couldn't powercoat a whole bike like that.

    From their powdercoat colors page:

    All colors marked with an (E) are what we call "electric" colors. These are candy powder coats that often appear more like an anodized finish than a traditional powder coat. These shades will show through to the metal so there may be small inconsistencies in the finish where the grain of the aluminum can be seen.
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    Off the top of my head, I remember several Cannondale bikes that had tinted clearcoats, but in various shades of gray.

    The other thing you could do is take a pic of a plain silver bike, run it through Photoshop/Gimp/etc and add some transparent color to it.

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    the bianchi pista has a blackish chrome that is exactly the same as this but a different color
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speed103 View Post
    The reason I want to know is that I'm looking at repainting my bike and apparently this particular look only requires tinted clear coat over polished aluminum (and it looks pretty BA). Before I even really think of doing this though I would like to see what it looks like over a whole frame and all the common bikes today are either painted with regular candy coat/metallic or some sort of flat paint. So if you could point me in the direction of some shiny bikes I would be much obliged.
    Even looking at photos isn't going to help. Since different monitors render colors differently, what you see on a computer screen won't be what the finished product will look like.

    Visit your local powder coater, painter, and anodizing/plating shops. They'll be happy to show you samples of what color on top of polished aluminum looks like.

    BTW: I like simple polished aluminum. It takes a little elbow grease to keep it looking good, but it's fun to look down and see the reflections playing on the frame:
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, looks like I'm best off going to the local powder-coat place to look at samples. Although I do agree with Mr. Wills that plain ol' polished aluminum looks pretty fine, even on a full suspension frame.
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    Hopefully I'll be reporting back in a few months on how this little adventure goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speed103 View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions, looks like I'm best off going to the local powder-coat place to look at samples. Although I do agree with Mr. Wills that plain ol' polished aluminum looks pretty fine, even on a full suspension frame.
    CHROME-LIKE-POLISHING-BICYCLE-PART-49.jpg

    Hopefully I'll be reporting back in a few months on how this little adventure goes.
    Yeah, well... I'm an old fart. I prefer aluminum that looks like aluminum instead of Life Savers colors. To each his own...
    (the Velocity Deep V patterns are just over the top, man: http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=719 )
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    You can get metal flake to put in clear coat and use over either regular paint or powdercoat:


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