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Old 03-09-20, 12:17 PM
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Frame Painting In Michigan

Anyone know of anyone who does frame painting in Michigan? Preferably around the Detroit area. I'm customizing/restoring a Schwinn Superior (it was my bike when I was a teenager). There are a couple places that do powder coating but having trouble locating anyone that actually paints frames.

Thanks for any recommendations and sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question.
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Old 03-09-20, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by xaztec View Post
Anyone know of anyone who does frame painting in Michigan? Preferably around the Detroit area. I'm customizing/restoring a Schwinn Superior (it was my bike when I was a teenager).
I've been building and painting frames in Michigan since 1976. I'm in Niles on the other side of the state just above South Bend, Indiana. Matt Assenmacher in Swartz Creek (closer to you) has been doing it even longer than me. He runs a bike store so he usually does paint jobs in the winter. What age is your frame? Is it the age when Schwinn did candy colors or was it later when they did solids?

I'm not sure what kind of paint Matt uses now. We all used to use Dupont Imron (or PPG equivalent). I've found that the House of Kolor pearls + candies can replicate old Schwinn colors. I've been wanting to repaint a 1965 Schwinn Super Sport. If you want to help with the grunt work while I do the spraying we can work out a deal doing them at the same time.
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I would take Doug's offer up if at all possible. Besides a great paint job you'll have a blast and learn far more then you ever thought was needed.

Have you checked out any motorcycle shops for their painters? I would avoid auto painters if they have had no experience with a bike frame. The differences between spraying a broad and gently flowing shape (like a car body) and that of a frame made of tubing is rather large. The powder coater I have used also offers a wet spray job at about twice the cost of PC. Not up to the grade of Doug's work but local to me and less $.

Some (like Doug has to me) will say that of all aspects of a self built frame that should be splurged on the paint is #1 . Why? because the lay person will see the finish grade and assume the frame building is of the same level of skill. So a cheap PC or wet job will be stating the frame build is also of a cheap and cost savings manor. Andy
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