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powder-coating places in central North Carolina?

Old 12-01-05, 11:47 AM
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I live in Chapel Hill, NC (near Raleigh), and have some thoughts of powder-coating a Centurion road bike that I just got on eBay. Does anyone know of a place around here that does powder-coating, for not too much cost? I figure that I might as well do it now, as the frame is fully stripped down. I haven't asked my LBS yet, they may know some local places as well.
How much should I expect to pay for a basic powder-coat job?

In high school, I knew a guy from my church who worked at a powder-coating place, and he did three bikes for me, all for free, on his lunch breaks at work or something. Including a really nice dimpled and slightly speckled finish on an old Schwinn flash-welded frame, leaving the chrome showing on the bottom half of the fork, and the rear halves of the chainstays and seatstays. It was much more beautiful than that bike deserved, but it was my first road bike and I did my first multi-state journey on it. My brother later used the bike, and lost it when he failed to lock it up one time.
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What are we, the local yellow pages?

Check with your local LBS's for their suggestions or just call Spectrum Powderworks. Yea, you may have to ship the frame and it'll cost a tad more, but they are great.

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Well, just figuring that some people here are from NC and might know
Spectrum does beautiful work - I checked out their website last night - but it costs more than the frame in question is worth to me. For now, I'll probably just keep the current paintjob, but was thinking that, since the frame is all stripped down and cleaned right now anyway (I'm going to put frame saver on it shortly, unless I decide to paint it first), why not cold-set the rear dropouts to 130mm spacing (instead of the current 126) and get it powdercoated now? Will check with LBS, though...
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Might want to call some motorcycle shops, some are into custom paint jobs and such.
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That's cool. Nothing gets me worked up more than talking about getting a frame painted.

Call around to some local paint and body shops as well.

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Try Chip at C4 labs. He's somewhere in that mid-atlantic area. He's usually does BMX but he might be able to do that one for you. His work is awesome, I've used him as have hundreds of others on www.vintagebmx.com

His e-mail is: A2002Corvette@aol.com

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Good thought to check the auto body shops. I'm getting more psyched about this idea, now, too. Can see how you get excited about it. Ideally, I'd like to go with Carolina Blue. Go Heels

Edit: I called my LBS and got recommended to an industrial steel-finishing place about 30 miles from here. Cheapest thing is to have them do it with whatever color they're doing for the day; one-off jobs (such as Carolina Blue) will be more expensive. For this bike, I'll go with the cheaper one, I think.

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Check out www.carolinafbodyclub.com , when I lived in NC (Burlington) there was a guy in the club that did powdercoating. He was very good and had good prices.
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