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Can chrome be saved during powdercoating?

Old 04-02-10, 04:44 PM
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Can chrome be saved during powdercoating?

I dissassembled my steel Fondriest today, in hopes of taking it to the powdercoater I'd spoken to on email several times. The frame has a chrome rear triangle, which is in good shape and he initially said would not be a problem. When I got there and showed him the frame, he said the crome would bubble and discolor during the 400-degree curing process. He also initially quouted me $160 for stripping the frame and a 2-color fade (with keeping the chrome intact), but then said it would be $320.
I thought I remembered reading somewhere on here that there was a high heat tape that could be used to mask off chrome? I brought the frame home with me...

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Old 04-02-10, 05:06 PM
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I'm not a powder coat expert, but I'll give it a shot.
Firstly, I don't think 400 F is enough to discolour chrome. Secondly, masking off chromed sections should be entirely possible, but will be a hassle for the coater - explaining the cost increase.
Maybe you should consider just getting a wet paint job. The price seems to have inflated into that range anyway.
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Old 04-02-10, 05:22 PM
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Torchy's right.
Powder coaters here are cheap, until they small money.
Just like everyone else, it seems.
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Old 04-02-10, 06:32 PM
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i paid $96 per bike for powdercoating, which included the cost of chemical paint stripping and media blasting. and yes, chrome can be preserved. it can get masked off with high-temperature tape. here are the two bikes i had powdercoated, preserving the chrome rear triangle of each:





for the bike in the first pic, the chrome was hidden beneath the factory paint, but i had my powder coater polish it up and mask it off when powder coating the rest of the frame.

asking a powder coater to do additional labor-intensive steps, like masking off intricate lug work for contrasting colors, or doing a color fade, should increase the cost. but simply masking off a rear triangle is pretty trivial.

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Yeah $320 seems kind of ridiculous. That high heat is kind of a pain on straight flat things such as BB crank openings, and steerer tubes. I can only
imagine how bad it would around intricate lugs, and curved areas. This becomes a real pain once it is cured, and it happens to be too thick in those
areas. I would do a wet paint job too, on something like this. Maybe I just had experience with an industrial powdercoater, who didn't understand
aesthetics? Thankfully I was only doing beach cruisers at the time, with one color.,,,,BD
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Did I somehow miss the debut of the completed Raleigh? I remember it looked stunning in the teaser pics. Sorry about the hoods, once again.,,,,BD
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no problem, dued. it adds character :-). did the nitto bolt problem get resolved?

as for the completed raleigh, i posted a thread with plenty of self-indulgent pics awhile back.
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Wow, nice end result Southpawboston! I'm dropping my tandem off at the powder coater tomorrow, I was quoted around $150 for the complete job if that helps the OP any. I'll follow up if that number changes when I get there...
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Wow, nice end result Southpawboston!
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I had a frame with chrome fork tips coated with no issues - plus the lugs look great, and he even matched the existing paint. The price? $50. This dude is trying to rob you.
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I had a frame with chrome fork tips coated with no issues - plus the lugs look great, and he even matched the existing paint. The price? $50. This dude is trying to rob you.
did that price include all prep work: stripping the paint, media blasting the bare metal, and TSP wash prior to the powder coating? and did it include a primer powder coat before the color coat?
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Thanks for all the replies; I appreciate the advice. I was rather disgusted about losing the chrome rear triangle, and was initially quote $160 for the 2-color fade, including glass media blasting and prep work, not sure about the primer. I'm a bit hesitant about the heat, not for the chrome but for the Deda tubing that is 0.4mm thick in places.

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