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.
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.
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.
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.