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Old 12-14-06, 11:16 PM
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Painting a Frame

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I have an old Peugeot UO-8 frame that the P.O. spraypainted a hideous yellow. I want to paint it black, and have heard that you can do a good job with spray enamel and a clearcoat over it. Is this true? If so, should I sand the old paint off beforehand? Basically, what are the steps?
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Old 12-14-06, 11:27 PM
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Do a search. There are many, many "paint a frame" threads here. You'll come by information pretty quickly. And the upshot is you'll probably be able to do it just fine.
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Old 12-15-06, 03:18 AM
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Yup. Tear your bike down and prep prep prep. You should plan on spending 90% of your time prepping and 10% painting. There are lots of good books/threads on this topic. It's really fun. You might also consider getting the frame poweder coated, about 60 bucks around here and it will be shiny and nice for a lot(!!!) longer than a rattlecanned frame.

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Old 12-15-06, 05:09 AM
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For comparison, I spend upwards of $40 to spray paint a frame - several cans, two colors, lots of sand paper, some chemicals, lots of time and waiting for a nice day. But I had a specific and complicated color scheme w/ letters stenciled in.
For black, I'd go w/ powder coating.
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Old 12-15-06, 07:45 AM
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I just had my frame sandblasted and powdercoated. Cost me $90 (although I had to pay my LBS $25 to chase the BB threads after getting some paint buildup in there - a place more experienced with painting bicycles will be more careful with this though).
The place had a number of black options, including a low-gloss (flat or "matte") black finish that I considered before going with a blue that ends up like this.

The good thing about having a place sandblast and powdercoat for you is that someone else does the work. Painting a frame yourself can take a lot of time, esp. if there's lots of surface rust.
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Old 12-15-06, 09:00 AM
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I agree with the sandblast/powdercoat approach. I had my Le Champion powdercoated, then I did the rattlecan red lacquer myself. Decals by mswantak.
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Old 12-15-06, 10:36 AM
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What a great looking paint job!!
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Old 12-15-06, 11:07 AM
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i didn't think powdercoating was so glossy...is it just because of the clearcoat?
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I agree, great paint job!. Creepy how there is a shadow for a saddle, but yet no saddle.
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Old 12-15-06, 11:35 AM
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Hi,
I am thinking about either painting or otherwise doing a frame also......search for posts by Dr. Deltron.

but there is a place in hayward that will powder coat for $75, I am stongly considering them, as a) no mess b) bad time of year to paint c) not a lot more cost.....numbers I am seeing are talking $40 or moreto rattle can by the time you get the paint stripper, the primer, sandpaper, color coat, cleart coat, beer etc.....this is balanced by my almost OCD desire to do things my self. From what I can tell poweder coat is more durable than paint.....good luck


powder coating shop in Hayward.Frmee and Forks solid color $75 includes bead blasting. Candies and other colors more.

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Old 12-15-06, 12:20 PM
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It is hard to beat powdercoating for durability and ease. The process has become so advanced that getting a high gloss paint job is just a matter of tweaking certain variables (type of powder, heat).

Prep work is still an important key to any finishing job. Depending on the type of material, beadblasting works great. If it's a very thin aluminum, try chemical stripping. It's expensive and messy, but it's the best way to get started without damaging the metal.
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Originally Posted by braingel
i didn't think powdercoating was so glossy...is it just because of the clearcoat?
The powdercoat is gloss black. There is no clearcoat on anything except the red lacquer.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
there is a place in hayward that will powder coat for $75
I had mine done at Superior Powdercoating in South SF. Think I paid $120 for sandblast and powdercoat. They had to mask the chrome on the rear stays and fork.
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Old 12-16-06, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by RayB
I agree, great paint job!. Creepy how there is a shadow for a saddle, but yet no saddle.
Look a little more closely. There is a seatpost sticking up out of the frame but the photo is cut off too low to show the saddle.
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