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    Anyone ever have a bike painted?

    Has anyone ever have their bike painted or painted themself? I don't mean a rattle can paint job! I talking about something like automotive paint with a clear coat to bring out the shine. If so, how did it last?

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    There are lots of threads in the forum about painting, everything from rattle can to powder coating. Depends on what you want, and how much you want to spend.

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    I wanted a simple black paint job. Took my frame to a small auto body shop and asked them to paint it whenever they were painting black. Looks like new after 3 years, but I don't bang my frame around as much as some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gpaw44 View Post
    Has anyone ever have their bike painted or painted themself? I don't mean a rattle can paint job! I talking about something like automotive paint with a clear coat to bring out the shine. If so, how did it last?
    Powdercoating is likely a better value. You don't have to clean or strip anything -- they do it all. The resulting finish is very tough.

    Don in Austin

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    +1 on powder. Cheaper and more durable than paint.

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    I know someone who had their frame powder coated, then had a professional give it a custom design on top of that. It looks really sharp. When I acquire loose change, I might have that done to mine.

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    Hired out an Imron paint job , there is a catalyst in the stuff that hardens it.
    mine a single color, no fancy extras, good for decades ..

    Powder coat is OK too. lots of colors offered by now..
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    Tried doing it myself once, in my friends shop/studio. Was a bloody disaster. Never again.

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    I've done a couple with rattle-can lacquer. This comes out OK, but the paint's fragile as heck. It chipped if I sneezed in the next room.

    My last was done in powder coat. Very, very nice, and it was frickin' cheap from these guys: http://brookerenterprises.com/
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    It's cheaper to have it powdercoated.It will cost you more in paint than the whole powdercoat job if you do it yourself.Paint looks better,powdercoat is tougher unless you use an Emron type paint.

    You just can't get the depth that you can with powdercoat as you can with paint,there's only one coat.These days,for most people,powdercoat is the correct choice.
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    If you're only concerned about keeping the frame material in good condition, it doesn't matter if it's rattle-can-painted or not. Just sand it down to bare metal. Wipe it down with alcohol and prime it. Wait 24 hrs. *Wet sand it with very fine grit. Prime it again. Wait 24 hrs. * Wet sand it with very fine grit. Wipe it down with alcohol. Then use Rustoleum paint and paint it. Wipe it down with alcohol and paint it again after another 24 hrs. Wait three days, then you can ride! If you use dull black paint, you can just wipe it down with alcohol and touch it up every 6 months or so.

    * If you use textured spray paint, you can skip the wet sanding!

    (See post #13 instead, it's even better)

    If you seriously want it to look really good and the paint not to chip, the best way to go would be with powder-coating!

    Good Luck!
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    Krylon makes a spray enamel truck bed coating that has a finely textured (not like urethane truck bed coating) black finish that is somewhere inbetween flat and metal flake. Hides minor blemishes, tough, scratch resistant and retouches like a dream. I just use flat black rust converting primer on a well prepped frame/fork. Works great for MTB, cyclocross, trendy commuter or fixie, or your backup/foul weather ride. Looks a bit out of place on a "nice" road bike but I see Trek has come out with flat black road bikes lately and this would fit right in. You can also use the Krylon coating to create a scuff resistant strip on your drive side chain stay or for black stems, handlebars and other parts. One can will do 2-3 coats on a typical frame and fork. You don't have to worry about dry spray (partially dried paint mist resettling on areas of the frame already painted) as the slight texture and semi-matte black blend very easily, touch ups are virtually undetectible if you are just a bit careful.

    Here is a flip bike from last summer that I painted with it for practice:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
    Krylon makes a spray enamel truck bed coating that has a finely textured (not like urethane truck bed coating) black finish that is somewhere inbetween flat and metal flake. Hides minor blemishes, tough, scratch resistant and retouches like a dream. I just use flat black rust converting primer on a well prepped frame/fork. Works great for MTB, cyclocross, trendy commuter or fixie, or your backup/foul weather ride. Looks a bit out of place on a "nice" road bike but I see Trek has come out with flat black road bikes lately and this would fit right in. You can also use the Krylon coating to create a scuff resistant strip on your drive side chain stay or for black stems, handlebars and other parts. One can will do 2-3 coats on a typical frame and fork. You don't have to worry about dry spray (partially dried paint mist resettling on areas of the frame already painted) as the slight texture and semi-matte black blend very easily, touch ups are virtually undetectible if you are just a bit careful.

    Here is a flip bike from last summer that I painted with it for practice:

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    This is great advice for painting your bike!

    - Slim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    +1 on powder. Cheaper and more durable than paint.
    put clear coat over the powder coat; water can get under it make the powder coat flake off and rust it if steel, per a frame builder friend
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