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    Paint shop in L.A.?

    I want to have my frame painted and don't have the patience or the equip (clean room mainly) to do it myself. Does anyone know of a good paint shop in the L.A. area, or Hollywood more specifically that can do it for a reasonable price? I'd be interested in powdercoating too, but I have a cromoly frame and I've heard that powdercoating is better for steel frames. Thanks.

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    what color you gonna do?

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    I was just about to do a search when i saw your post. Do a search, i think someone mentioned a powdercoater in Sun Valley that's good and reasonable. I just forgot the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_macgee View Post
    I was just about to do a search when i saw your post. Do a search, i think someone mentioned a powdercoater in Sun Valley that's good and reasonable. I just forgot the name.
    Do you know if powder coating is cool for my material frame?

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    Senior Member Eire Mick's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyOneSmith View Post
    what color you gonna do?
    Thinking a dark grey....but a light blue could be sick too.

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    Here you go:

    http://www.olympicpowdercoating.com/...ing/bikes.html

    Powder-coating is the way to go unless you really want to spend big bucks ($300+) on a wet paint job.

    Let us know how it went.

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    300+ is a little steep for a bicycle paint job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggles View Post
    300+ is a little steep for a bicycle paint job
    Not when your trying to make it look better than a good powder coat job.

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    Yes, that's still expensive. The 'wet' look you might be describing is accomplished by a 2nd coat of clear, which takes a quick nibbing of the frame in 800 and assuming it's a collision shop would take an extra 5oz (tops) plus the leftover from whatever car was being sprayed. Not much extra work, especially not 300 dollars worth.

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    Dude,

    Wet means using Liquid paint (IE: Imron) and costs come from people who actually know how to paint bike frames for a living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_macgee View Post
    Here you go:

    http://www.olympicpowdercoating.com/...ing/bikes.html

    Powder-coating is the way to go unless you really want to spend big bucks ($300+) on a wet paint job.

    Let us know how it went.
    Thanks a lot! Great price....about $100-125 depending on my color choice, and it includes the chemical strip. I'll probably have it done next week. I"ll post pics when it's done.

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    Haha, imron...wipe your ass with your money before you pay 300 dollars for one Dupont's poorest quality (and most toxic) line of paint. Powder coating is much more durable...I'd go for that. I painted parts on my bike with Spies Hecker and they're chipping already...Powder coating just seems a little bit more durable to me....and auto paint can take a lot longer to fully cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire Mick View Post
    I'd be interested in powdercoating too, but I have a cromoly frame and I've heard that powdercoating is better for steel frames. Thanks.
    Cromoly IS steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackD View Post
    Cromoly IS steel.
    Yes you are right it is, BUT it is an alloy steel and I think he was referring to that difference from old bikes that are just steel and his bike which is a lighter alloy steel.

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    Originally Posted by JackD Cromoly IS steel.

    THANK YOU!

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyOneSmith View Post
    Yes you are right it is, BUT it is an alloy steel and I think he was referring to that difference from old bikes that are just steel and his bike which is a lighter alloy steel.
    Chromoly steel is not some kind of super light alloy. If his steel bike is the common 4130 Chromoly, then it is over 98% Fe, and besides Mo is twice as heavy as Fe and Cr is just about as heavy as Fe (Atomic mass wise). Those additives are not used to make the steel light, they are there to give the steel better corrosive properties. Powder coating will work just fine on any kind of steel.

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