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Old 01-07-18, 08:43 PM
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Powder Coating in the DC Metro area.

Can anyone recommend a good place to get a steel frame blasted and powder coated? I have a 1984 Olmo Competiton that I am working on restoring and the frame has enough superficial rust that I think a new coat of paint would look good. I would prefer to use someone who has worked with bike frames before because it had some chrome on it that needs to be preserved. Also, approximate prices would be helpful too.
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I would check with an LBS. Especially down there in the DC area. There has to be a bike co op that might point you in that direction. DC is a big bike market (I wonder some time on CL though)
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Thanks. Iíve reached out to a couple, but havenít received a lot of good info back.
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I've worked with Spectrum Cycles before. You would have to ship, based on where you are, but the work is restoration quality. I only bring that up since you brought it up--there are few paint shops that deal in super high quality restoration jobs, and even fewer for bicycles. One color, no masking, comes to something like $650-700 after media blasting. Two tone or chrome restoration easily doubles it.

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I can also speak highly of the competency of your average motorcycle powder shop. Show them what needs to be plugged/masked before spraying (headtube, bottom bracket, seat tube, any threaded braze ons), and you'll get back a decent product. Wet paint is much harder to spray on bicycles, especially around the seat tube clusters where it intersects the chainstays/seatstays...people who've never done it (but are fine automotive painters) are often very sure of their ability to get good coverage in these difficult spots.

Not being local, I can't really help on that front.
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I can't personally vouch for them yet. They are in my short list after some research and asking around when I was looking to have random car parts done.
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Can't vouch for them, I've never used them but a neighbor has used Mt. Airy coatings for some kind of equipment powder coating, not bicycle - https://mtairycoatings.com/
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