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Poll: what color should I powdercoat my Trek?

Old 10-13-04, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by rwg
True, if the $100 didn't get you into a different bike you wanted more, why not.

How come you can't powdercoat a carbon stay bike? Does it have something to do with the manner the carbon is attached to the aluminum? It's a little surprising - lots of carbon bikes are painted/powder coated.
From a few posts above, I'm sure it's because of a little thing called heat transfer. True, you can tape off the carbon stays, but applying 400 F to the aluminum part of the stay will certainly stransfer alot of heat to the carbon, and the CF matrix is basically plastic. And the joint itself (glue?) may not withstand the temp either.

BTW, nice pic my58vw!
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Old 10-13-04, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Towlie
BTW, nice pic my58vw!

Wait a sec -- that's why yours looks extra jazzy -- you upgraded wheels, eh? What'd the upgrade cost?
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Old 10-13-04, 05:14 PM
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When they powdercoat something, the whole thing gets put into an oven for a couple hours at about 400 degrees (f). It's not like pointing a heat gun at certain parts - the entire frame would need to be "baked".

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Old 10-13-04, 09:32 PM
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approx 350 dollars...
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just take black electrical tape and .....


Change out the bar tape to red and tires to red.
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Old 10-13-04, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by crosscut
just take black electrical tape and .....


Change out the bar tape to red and tires to red.
Are you saying wrap the frame in black electrical tape? Yeah, that would look pretty sweet. Or duct tape. Would give it the nice silver color I was looking for, but with some texture.
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Old 10-14-04, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Towlie
Are you saying wrap the frame in black electrical tape? Yeah, that would look pretty sweet. Or duct tape. Would give it the nice silver color I was looking for, but with some texture.
Hey Towlie, maybe I missed something, but is there some specific reason that you're locked in on powder coating? Have you looked into a traditional paint job? Wouldn't be that much more $ and would give you a ton more customizing options, which seems to be one of your objectives...just wondering.
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Old 10-14-04, 07:53 AM
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I had a dream last night that everyone in a certian cycle club had to have the frame this sort of soft purple color. I chose not to join.

I vote for the Silver Bullet.
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Old 10-14-04, 08:04 AM
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Why mess up a perfectly good factory paint job? You're gonna have a lot of work sanding down the existing paint, and i don't think blasting it is an option, with the carbon rear stays. i'd leave it alone...
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As you have already discovered powder coating is not the appropriate process. The whole frame would need to be put in the oven to bake.

Beyond that you would be stuck with one continuous color.

The best-looking bikes I have seen are done in what they call fade where one Imron color transitions into another like white to blue.
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Originally Posted by Towlie
Are you saying wrap the frame in black electrical tape? Yeah, that would look pretty sweet. Or duct tape. Would give it the nice silver color I was looking for, but with some texture.
mmmmmm.. Mexican crome.
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Unless I'm wrong, you can't powdercoat that bike. It has carbon fiber seat stays. The 400deg heat would ruin them and melt the glue. If your guy puts that in the oven you'll have a real mess on your hand.

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Old 03-18-05, 04:12 AM
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Sorry, I think it looks pretty nice just as it is.....
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Old 03-18-05, 06:16 AM
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I personally like a flat black. But besides this I would be very concerned that it would only cost $100.00. Personally, I would not trust someone that is going to strip the bike properly, prepare the existing paint, and do a good job for that kind of money. What about replacement decals?
It looks good the way it is and it might be more trouble then it's worth.
Good luck on your decision and keep us informed.
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Old 03-18-05, 07:02 AM
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I suggest you give it some more thought...real hard in fact. You ever see a monochrome $100 powder coat job? They shooting clear over it?...not for $100 they are not. You aren't going to put any decals on it and bury them under a clear coat? If you are to make the bike look decent...more like $300-$400 with clear coat and some minimalist decals. No disrespect, but you are going to ruin your bike. You bought a BMW if not an Acura and you are considering putting an Earl Scheib paint job on it. If exclusivity is what you seek, sell that bike and buy a more exotic bike...or build a bike with an exotic frame and factory paint job....or take the components off your bike and store that frame and build another bike....would be money better spent. What you are going to end up with is a more depreciated, and poorer looking version of what you have which would be a shame.
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That's one thing I love about custom steel frames - fit like a glove, you won't see another one in the world, and they aren't that expensive.

Ferrari red is a nice color, or yeah, some sort of dark blue ...
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Originally Posted by baxtefer
wouldn't that void your warranty too?
I've read the same, your warranty will be effected if you repaint (unless Trek does it for you).
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Old 03-18-05, 07:46 AM
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Leave it, I think it looks great the way it is.
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Turquoise. Nice flash as you pass me.
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Originally Posted by biker7
I suggest you give it some more thought...real hard in fact. You ever see a monochrome $100 powder coat job? They shooting clear over it?...not for $100 they are not. You aren't going to put any decals on it and bury them under a clear coat? If you are to make the bike look decent...more like $300-$400 with clear coat and some minimalist decals. George
I don't know much about US prices, but I agree.

The real problem is getting good decals. I like my bikes to look like a nascar, with stickers all over them

On the silver thing, I reckon silver frames look good hanging on a rack, but they just look like undercoat when they're built up. I had one, and I couldn't get over it

Having said all that, everyone should have a red bike, a dark blue bike, a white bike, and a black bike...SEXY!!

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Originally Posted by baxtefer
wouldn't that void your warranty too?
yes it will.
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Hindsight is 20/20. However, foresight would have eliminated this problem.

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Red to a sunset fade to gold, or, red to a sunset fade to purple
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Won't powdercoating add weight too?
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I'd leave it alone for all the reasons mentioned above. Perhaps you could take the "Pimp My Ride" approach by changing the saddle, handlebar tape, cages, tires, etc? It would probably cost less than a good paint job. If you're looking for exclusivity, avoid a metallic gray paint job. It will look like many of the ti bikes out there.
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