what to ask when looking for a painter for your bike
I have a sweet frame I have been wanting to build up for a long time, but before I do I was wanting to have someone repaint it for me... I was going to do it myself rattle can style, but frankly I suck at painting (that might even be an understatement), and I want it looking professional.
so I guess what I was wondering if there is a superior paint, or tech i need to be asking about. It is a pretty simple paint job, basically white with some outlining... decal aplication and then clear. i want to do it right the first time...
I know a lot of you out there have some serious skills when it comes to this sort of stuff, basically I need to be schooled..
I would look into powdercoating instead. It's not much more expensive and the finish will be much more durable. I had a Standard STA (bmx jump frame) when I was 16 and it was powdercoated... greatest finish. But if you opt just to go with paint, and you go to an auto body shop, check what type of paint they use, generally the guys who use the euro stuff tend to care more about the quality of thier paint and you would hope their work. I always liked Spies Hecker.
Second on powdercoat for durability, though 2 part wet paint is generally a better option for super glossy colors.
Things to ask:
Do they media blast and if yes, then with what? Walnut shell,glass bead,sand, ceramic,or soda(all good options)?
If they soda blast, do they hot tank the frame afterwards (to prevent messy bubbles at seams and welds)?
Do they zinc/phospate coat before painting (A MUST for any paintjob you want to last more than 3 years) ?
If wet paint, do they dry bake or air dry? If air dry, do they have a clean/filtered room to do so?
These are the basic questions to ask for a lifetime paintjob. You can skimp corners here and there and still get a good looking frame, though it might not last as long as you like. Good Luck!
Talk to a frame builder. Most send out thier frames for paint. You need someone who knows how to paint tubes. There is some one on BF, Dr Deltron I think who paints. PM him, he'll give you a quote.
Dr. D repainted my Trek touring bike. Blasted the old frame. 4 coats of primer, 3 coats of color, 4 coats of clear. It is a great paint job and very durable. I don't have a whole bike pic but he also applied the new decals and cleared over them. He also added the face below since the bike was a basket case and I could not find a head badge. He hangs over in the classic and vintage forum. There is also a sticky there listing frame painters. The cost was about $300 which is stupid cheap, but I also traded him an old bike as partial payment.