i'm thinking of stripping and airbrush painting a frame with createx auto-air paint. this stuff seems to be pretty durable, but it's also a bit pricy, which has got me wondering if it'll be worthwhile, or if i should just spring for a powdercoat.
has anyone painted a frame with this stuff? how many ounces did it take? how durable did it turn out?
failing that, does anyone know a good powdercoater in minneapolis?
oh, and how about duplicolor? how is that holding up, fugazidave?
It's holding up pretty well. It's chipping/flaking off the crank, but I couldn't find the self-etching primer for that so the primer itself didn't really have any good way to bond to the crankset. On the frame, I've only got one scratch so far and no chips or flakes. The scratch was from chaining up to a street sign yesterday. Overall I think it's at least as durable as the factory paint job. Key with this stuff seems to be to do proper surface prep, priming, multiple coats, and then letting everything cure properly so it can harden like it's supposed to (I let it cure for about a week before I started riding it again).
Powder-coat would, of course, be more durable, but for a total investment of about $10 I have to say I am VERY pleased.