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Old 09-20-13, 06:00 AM
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Need some info on powder coating

I have an 80's World Sport I want to get powder coated (don't ask me why....just want to do it).

A local firm https://www.custompowderandmetal.com/ will do frame/fork for $100 single color. Says he has done a number of bikes and knows all about keeping threaded and press fit areas clean so parts can be reinstalled without a problem.

Here's the problem...bike is already stripped but he says he will sand blast anyway and treat the frame with something to insure a good base for the powder coat/

I'm concerned that blasting might weaken the braze on, lug and drop out joints. I also heard that done incorrectly, it can warp metal. For the record, the World Sport has cromo main tubes, and the remainder hi-ten (I believe).

Are my concerns valid? Have you powder coated any older bikes. Thanks for any info.
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If he doesn't sand blast the frame the powder will be bad any place that you have touched the bare metal and you will not see the problem until the frame comes out of the oven. Any good powder coater will always sand blast ( more probably media blast) before he/she does the coating. The blasting will not hurt a thing if the frame is in good condition. If it blows a hole because the frame was rusty you probably shouldn't have been riding it anyway. Your concerns are not valid. Roger
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I would check with him if he really meant "sand" blast or not. Sand blasting will errode the metal thickness, something to avoid. Beyond that, it is a good thing for him to do a media blast as part of the preparation. I would not want it any other way.
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A $100 paint job on a $50 bike (the whole bike), always makes sense to me.


Worrying about a Schwinn frame being weakened? Only rust can do damage to it.

Like any finishing job, prep and cleanliness is everything. From the vendor's web site, it appears they know what they are talking about. Plus being in York, PA, they're Harley guys!
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I've done some sand blasting on the bikes I've painted. I spoke with David (Framebuilder) about concerns and we did a little test.
Steady stream on top tube of trashed bike, around cable braze ons. No discernible degradation of the tubes or the braze on.
Any frame prep will be much less concentrated so I wouldn't worry about it unless the frame has rust and is already compromised.
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Prep is everything (for either paint OR powdercoat). If you trust the guy, just let him do his thing. I media blasted my own 83 Trek frame, and took it to my guy wrapped in a plastic bag after being rubbed down with alcohol, and he STILL blasted it again. And it came out great.

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Yep, all correct. Media blast (aluminum oxide is what I was told, but may be wrong), then a prep solution to ensure cleanliness and adequate 'tooth' for the PC to adhere.
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I've had 5 bikes powdercoated, everything from steel to Alu. Never an issue.
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I wish all my bikes had been originally blasted and powdercoated.

I've had a bunch done, from $60 disasters (over chrome) to $125 by an experienced coater with decals and follow-up clear coat, total of about $250. The vast majority have been great.

In my experience, few come out as great as older Cannondales.
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