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    Let's Coast! shakeelium's Avatar
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    Recommended paint or powder coat shop in the Bay Area?

    Hi all,

    My GF rides an old schwinn world sport around town. It's a nice looking bike, but the paint is very faded, and I'd like to get it repainted, in a totally different, non-restoration paint scheme.

    I've never done this before, but my understanding is that my two options are to have the frameset either powder coated or repainted (after sanding everything down of course).

    I want a pretty, metallic, almost-anodized look - sounds like a repaint job would get this look vs. powder-coating, right? I'm also looking to have the lugs a different color than the tubes. Any recommendations for a good local powder coat and paint shop? How much can I expect to spend?

    The bike itself is probably worth $50 max, but it has lots of sentimental value so I want to do it up right!

    All feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    (also posted in the Vintage forum)

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    PopCycle LanceMach's Avatar
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    I remembered seeing something about powder coating on the boards of a car club I belong to. Did a little search and found these two receommendations from club members (tell them the Shelby Club sent you). Not bike specific, but I thought it might help...

    "I've had some parts done at Gilbert Spray Coat in Santa Clara. The turn around time was fantastic. Talk to Todd (He's a friend of Joe Silva's). (408)988-0747"

    "To both John's questions regarding powder coating and thermal coating we at
    the Mustang Ranch regulaly use Spray Tech in Santa Clara talk to Joe at
    408-727-0680 Very reasonable prices and excellant quality."


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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceMach
    I remembered seeing something about powder coating on the boards of a car club I belong to. Did a little search and found these two receommendations from club members (tell them the Shelby Club sent you). Not bike specific, but I thought it might help...

    "I've had some parts done at Gilbert Spray Coat in Santa Clara. The turn around time was fantastic. Talk to Todd (He's a friend of Joe Silva's). (408)988-0747"

    "To both John's questions regarding powder coating and thermal coating we at
    the Mustang Ranch regulaly use Spray Tech in Santa Clara talk to Joe at
    408-727-0680 Very reasonable prices and excellant quality."


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    I had a good experience getting an older Nishiki frame powdercoated at Maas Tech Coat in Hayward: Maas Tech Coat Inc
    31010 San Clemente St, Hayward - (510) 471-6227

    I don't know if they can do the two-tone thing, but give 'em a call. $75 for frame and fork to be bead-blasted and coated with your choice of color. They can do metallic and special colors for a few extra $ but if they dont have the stuff on hand it might take a few more days to get it ordered.
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    ^Thanks, I've been looking as well.

    Anyone know a good shop in Sacramento?
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    I also got two frames painted at Maas Tech in Hayward. They did a good job, especially for the price, but it didn't strike me as the kind of place that would do detail work -- i.e., the lugs painted a different color than the tubes. But I didn't ask for anything like that, so who knows?

    Sycip, a frame-builder in Petaluma, also does powdercoating. I'm sure they are more expensive than Maas Tech, but also probably do a lot more painting of bicycles, and may be a better choice if you're looking something more intricate than just a one-color job.

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    I think BF member Dr.Deltron is up in the Bay area. He frequents the C&V forum often and several members have or are currently having frames painted by him.

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    Maas Brother's in Livermore does a lot of bicycle stuff. My impression is that it's good to go with someone who's experienced with bikes, so you don't have to worry about them media-blasting through your thin tubes.

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