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Old 03-27-09, 01:28 AM   #1
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Having Frame Powdercoated

So I am lucky enough to have this guy Jeff who lives within 30 minutes of me powdercoating my bike frame.

it's an 07 rush hour, decals are under the clear coat and I am tired of looking at them...

so I decided to just go ahead and take advantage of the oppertunity to pick a color.

Black? Red? White? Not sure which one yet, but I want you guys to take a look at this thread over here:

http://www.tmcf.us/forums/showthread.php?t=15056

Dude does SICK work IMHO.
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Old 03-27-09, 01:36 AM   #2
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White. I always think white bikes look good. 2nd choice:black.
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this is one of jeff's works. is that standard procedure?

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this is one of jeff's works. is that standard procedure?
Yeah. that weirded me out. My guess is it's a sacrificial BB Jeff keeps around and just inserts part-way. That way he doesn't need to mask the BB and also has something to hang the frame by.
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So I have a question, do you know what sorta prep is involed? I have a bike that I like the original paint and stickers that I would like to look original, but that I'd like to maybe get a clear powder coating on and would like to know if this is possible.

Help please?
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Old 03-27-09, 09:11 AM   #7
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White. I always think white bikes look good. 2nd choice:black.
i totally second white~ (third? fourth) but yea white = win.
that or pink IMHO~ xD <3
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What price range can I expect if I powder coated my langster? Does carbon powder coat like aluminum or steel?
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i totally second white~ (third? fourth) but yea white = win.
that or pink IMHO~ xD <3
or both:
The fuji track?
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that pink looks awesome spookie.
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So I have a question, do you know what sorta prep is involed? I have a bike that I like the original paint and stickers that I would like to look original, but that I'd like to maybe get a clear powder coating on and would like to know if this is possible.

Help please?
Strip all paint off down to bare metal....

Apply powder...

Cook in big oven...

So, no.
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What price range can I expect if I powder coated my langster? Does carbon powder coat like aluminum or steel?
You can't powdercoat carbon fiber.
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So I have a question, do you know what sorta prep is involed? I have a bike that I like the original paint and stickers that I would like to look original, but that I'd like to maybe get a clear powder coating on and would like to know if this is possible.

Help please?
What do you mean by "clear powder coating" ? Are you talking about a clear coat after it's baked? If so, then yes.
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The black chrome, and smoke chrome looks sick.
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So I have a question, do you know what sorta prep is involed? I have a bike that I like the original paint and stickers that I would like to look original, but that I'd like to maybe get a clear powder coating on and would like to know if this is possible.

Help please?
I don't think so as there is a tremendous amount of heat needed and this would probably melt your decals. However, you can very easily have a frame powder-coated and then apply a clear-coat of your own on top of the decals. Krylon makes a pretty good clear-coat that is meant for plastics (which is what powder-coat essentially is) and I applied it on top of my Ciocc decals and it has been great so far.

I have had about 5 bikes powder-coated now and it is a pretty easy process and the results have been great for me. There is a guy here in Toronto who strips the frame down to bare metal and coats it for $75. Google Jet-Kote if anyone in T.O. needs to have it done.
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^^^

Yeah i recently found a place here near Philly that strips and powder coats for $85. I guess that is not a bad price going by what you mentioned
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or both! lol:
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he should have done the inside of each fork blade the opposite of the outside. stays too.
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i vote for the smoke chrome color. and yes, i drooled over that as well ( the bike above)
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Old 03-27-09, 05:56 PM   #21
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Stripping the original paint can be done at home. Jasco brand paint stripper in gel form is reasonably cheap and works extremely well. It's supremely nasty stuff, however, and will burn your skin. And mommy will not appreciate you getting it on her furniture, so outside is probably a good plan.

Carbon fiber frames cannot be powdercoated as the heat is too much for them.

Most powdercoaters who specialize in bicycles will have "holders" made up to fit various portion of the bicycle -- bottom bracket shell, head tube, seat tube, derailleur tab -- so that they can manipulate the frame in the coating booth without touching it.

Powdercoating is normally not completely moistureproof. It is common to strip a powdercoated frame and discover spiderwebs of rust on the steel. Clear powdercoating is available; no, it can't be applied over decals, and it may even be less moistureproof than the colors are.

Probably the best approach is powdercoat with a sprayed-on clearcoat. This both looks better and lasts longer than plain powder.

The "average" price varies, but is probably in the neighborhood of $50, if you do the stripping yourself. Sprayed-on clear adds another $50 or so, in general.

And finally, unless your powdercoater really does specialize in bicycles, there is a very good chance he will miss a few tricky spots like between the seatstays where they attach to the seat lug, and between the chainstays where they attach to the bottom bracket shell. You should also be aware that many powdercoaters will aggressively sandblast a part prior to coating, which can be rough on light-gauge bicycle tubing. Might be a good question to ask of prospective powdercoating shops.
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I was wrong about powdercoat and decals. These folks claim to be able to provide decals that will stand up to the heat.
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