Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-31-07, 04:10 PM   #1
dynamo
let it be.
Thread Starter
 
dynamo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: philly
Bikes:
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
raw?

I'm thinking of stripping the paint off my frame and just putting on a clear coat directly on the metal. Has anyone tried this? Pics?

I guess the results depend on what tubing/material was used to make the frame, but it might look cool.
dynamo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 04:13 PM   #2
Dalton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: Bianchi Pista and too many to list
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do a search; there are a bunch of pics in past posts.
Dalton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 04:14 PM   #3
wearyourtruth
Ride for Life
 
wearyourtruth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Baltimore
Bikes:
Posts: 2,729
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
titanium has a tendency to be left bare, look up titanium frames

of course aluminum and steel will look a little different
wearyourtruth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 05:52 PM   #4
borrachobandito
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: boulder,co
Bikes: fixed centurion
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If the frame is steel the clearcoat will have a hard time bonding to the bare steel. I did this with the frame I built and after a couple months it started to flake and chip. Surface rust started to form where it chipped and spiderwebs of rust started to show up. It does look cool but is not a long lasting option. Another thing I tried was using Gun Blue metal dye. It makes the steel a very dark blue color, while the silver and brass used for brazing comes through looking pretty much the same. Again it looks cool, but it is a lot of work to keep it from rusting. Once it gets wet you need to clean it, and oil it with a good penetrating oil. Even clear powdercoating has trouble on bare steel. After a year or so, spiderwebs of surface rust start to form. Your best bet would be a decent wet paint, or a good powdercoating job. If the frame is stainless steel you can polish it up, but it is also a bit of a hassle to keep looking good(lots of polishing).

Ti can be left bare with no problems, so can aluminum. You can also polish the aluminum.
borrachobandito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 07:00 PM   #5
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This has been discussed before, and I recall a few people saying that a clear powdercoat was possible. I don't know much about this ****, but that sounds like the best option for steel.
bonechilling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 07:06 PM   #6
calculus
coventry rat
 
calculus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: cleveland
Bikes: gitane criterium bernard hinault beast, bmc streetfire
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
theres a guy around here who stripped all the paint off his iro and used some spray clear coat over the steel and thats worked for the past couple of winters.. but maybe he incorporated some kind of voodoo magic penetrating oil

Last edited by calculus; 12-31-07 at 07:17 PM.
calculus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-07, 07:43 PM   #7
borrachobandito
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: boulder,co
Bikes: fixed centurion
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
One thing I have not tried is Gibbs Brand Penetrating Oil. Supposedly it works well on undercarriage parts on cars. Also it says you can paint over it with no problems. Maybe that would be a good option.

http://www.getgibbs.com/
borrachobandito is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:07 AM.