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Old 04-25-10, 12:53 AM
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Question about painting lugs...

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I want a new paint job on a mixte frame I have. It has really ornate lugs. I was thinking about sending it out to powdercoatstudio.com and then detailing the lugs myself similar to the picture below. Is that possible? Or does the detailing have to be gone over with some kind of topcoat and/or put in the oven?



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Ask them. They'll know.

Or use a powercoater who specializes in just that sort of thing--Spectrum Powder Works. They regularly turn out things most powdercoaters wouldn't even attempt. There are many lugged frames in their 36-page gallery.

Just look at this one seatpost cluster:
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Or do your own detailing with a Testors paint pen. Maybe practice on that frame before you send it out for painting, or if you have an old, junky frame around, use that for practice.
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Old 04-25-10, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Or do your own detailing with a Testors paint pen. Maybe practice on that frame before you send it out for painting, or if you have an old, junky frame around, use that for practice.
I did that years ago using Testor's model enamel and a tiny paintbrush. Detailing the edge (thickness) of the lug is easier to do than you'd ever imagine. I don't remember how long I kept that same paint job but I think it was 10 to 15 years or so and it still looked good.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Or do your own detailing with a Testors paint pen. Maybe practice on that frame before you send it out for painting, or if you have an old, junky frame around, use that for practice.
if you have a steady hand and/or good masking tape (not the cheap stuff from Home Depot), you can do a good job with a paint pen or just brushes and model paint. A friend of mine just finished restoring his '80s college bike--he had it coated, then enameled the lugs right over the powdercoat. Looks good.
One good brand of tape is Frogtape.
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