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Powder Coating

Old 12-04-08, 03:38 PM
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Powder Coating

I got a great deal on an 08 CAAD 9 earlier this year, but I'm not a huge fan of the paint work, and I know a lot of people weren't when they came out. Any of you ever powder coat your aluminum bike? Do you have any before and after pics? It would only cost $100 or so from a reputable painter near me, so it might be in my bike's future if I hear/see good things.

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Check with Cannondale. Powder coating involves heating at significant temperatures (400F), this could affect the integrity of the aluminum. Certain alloys can lose strength after powder coating.

A simple paint with a urethane top coat is plenty tough and gives a nicer finish.
 
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Auto Air paints are popular with small projects like bike frames. Then a good urethane clear is all thats needed after decalling. I wouldnt bother with powder coating as its labor entensive and will cost a bit. If you feel adventurous you can go buy an airbrush and actually do the painting yourself. It aint all that hard. They even make airbrushes that work with compressed air in a can. Very inexpensive
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im in the same boat. Im not a fan of the white and blue. Any info on how to would be appreciated.
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Mine looked like this:



And after:










There was some work to do after I got it back, but for $100 I can't complain. Looks better than it did with the huge Motobecane on the downtube.

The guys that did it said it would not be a problem for the aluminum, but they're not the manufacturers, so who knows. One thing to consider is if your frame is still under warranty, it won't be after you powder coat it.

Also, the stripping was included in the price. They used a chemical stripper and took the headbadge off too.
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...also keep in mind if you paint, you pretty much kill the resale value.
 
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I was wondering--what about some acid wash anodize? That would likely be pretty dang cool.
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I'm in the exact same boat with my CAAD9 and will be watching this thread. Based on the limited research I've done it sounds like powder coating is the best option for me as I think the cost would be much greater to have someone strip it down and paint it at an auto shop. Just the materials alone could cost more than the powder coating if I want a durable finish. I'm also considering just stripping the paint off and do a coat of clear over the bare aluminum as I think that's a great look with black decals. I'm just debating whether I'm willing to sacrifice my C'dale warranty for a cosmetic improvement. I may practice on my 10 year old MTB first.
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I was wondering--what about some acid wash anodize? That would likely be pretty dang cool.
It works on the tubing, but the welds take on a different color if you use transparent dyes. ALAN used to do this for their glued frames.

black works well, Cervelo used to do this.
 
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I came to hate the paint on my steel frames....nicks, scratches, smudges, chips. After a few years of that I was right on the verge of having my Tommaso sand blasted and powder coated.

If you can do it to al, then I'd say go for it. Your maintenance time should drop considerably.
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Heavy Good for training setup purposes though. Train heavy, race light.
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Here is a powder coated CAAD9. Thanks to mylesofsmyles.
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