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Poll: what color should I powdercoat my Trek?

Old 10-13-04, 12:03 PM
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What color to powdercoat this bike?

I expect this bike is at the price point and component group that it's going to be very popular. I already saw a clone of my bike on last weekend's ride. I want something a bit different than everyone else. I found a local shop who will powdercoat me for about 100 bucks. My prob is it's hard to "erase" the bike's graphics in my mind to visualize how it will look as a different color. Women can be especially good at visualizing color, so their input is encouraged.



My ideas:

1) SILVER. Possibly my first choice. I have seen sample/variations of metallic silver (meaning you can see speckle dust). I don't want chrome. But the tones I am considering vary from a roughly grayish or Ti color to a more aluminum color.

2) Black. Black is good cause it will hide grease, like on the chain stays. Black looks good when it's carbon.

3) Powder Clearcoat (over bare Al). Although it might look too unfinished.

4) Red. I have serious doubts about this, but I thought about doing the whole frame like the front triangle.

5) Other? If you have experience on what color looks really badass, especially in powder, let me know.

Thanks!
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Old 10-13-04, 12:06 PM
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I vote for black or leave it. I think it looks pretty damn good as it is.
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Old 10-13-04, 12:12 PM
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Black with red tires and spokes. Keeping it the same is good too.
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Powder Blue

I say no to Red, Yellow isn't bad either IMO. Black and the clear (are they really taking off all the paint?) would look cool. Isn't there heat involved in powdercoating? How will this process effect your carbon seat stays.
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Old 10-13-04, 12:21 PM
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Ti color definitely, although black is pretty tough too. I am guessing you don't plan on reapplying the Trek graphics afterwards?
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Old 10-13-04, 12:41 PM
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I think black would look better than silver
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pink.
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Dark grey (in between black and silver). Black slows defects easy. Every imperfection reflects off black.
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The Bicycle looks great as is. Perhaps you should think about this spontaneous action a bit longer?
 
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Isn't there heat involved in powdercoating? How will this process effect your carbon seat stays.
Hmmm...well, they are not going to touch the carbon part of the stays, so my initial thought was it doesn't matter. But now that I think of it, if the heat that is applied to the aluminum in the vicinity of the carbon I wonder if that will adverseley affect the carbon?
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Originally Posted by wildjim
The Bicycle looks great as is. Perhaps you should think about this spontaneous action a bit longer?
It does look nice the way it is.
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Root Beer, or, Peanut Butter.
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I would go pink if it was a Giant. But Trek needs Dark Blue. Almost Black, with a hint of Blue.
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Originally Posted by 53-11 alltheway
It does look nice the way it is.
I appreciate the compliment. I just think the roads will be crawling with these in the next 6 months, and I'd like to have a more unique look. I miss my Klein's paint job!
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Originally Posted by nnewton123
I vote for black or leave it. I think it looks pretty damn good as it is.
Ditto!
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Old 10-13-04, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by 53-11 alltheway
It does look nice the way it is.
It is one of the best looking bicycles I have seen and I wouldn't mind seeing it pass by each day.

I have a Cannondale Saeco Team bicycle which is common where I ride and it doesn't bother me to see another one pass by. It's kind of cool actually as you get to see bicycle in motion.
 
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Originally Posted by Towlie
Hmmm...well, they are not going to touch the carbon part of the stays, so my initial thought was it doesn't matter. But now that I think of it, if the heat that is applied to the aluminum in the vicinity of the carbon I wonder if that will adverseley affect the carbon?
Well, here is what Spectrum Powderworks says in answer to my Q:

"We can't powder coat the frame if it has carbon seat stays. It will have to
liquid paint."

Soooo...guess that solves the dillemma...
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Originally Posted by Towlie
I expect this bike is at the price point and component group that it's going to be very popular. I already saw a clone of my bike on last weekend's ride. I want something a bit different than everyone else.
At the risk of sounding like a jerk, perhaps you should have thought about these two things together before you purchased a bike from perhaps the most popular manufacturer in the country at a price point that you have in common with a ton of other people.

Regardless, it's your money. I had a black car once. It was a pita to keep it clean (I am kind of psychotic about such things), but boy did it look good after a polish. If you want to clean the bike after every ride, go black. If you want to hide the most dirt possible, go silver.

I would leave it the way it is, though.
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Old 10-13-04, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rwg
At the risk of sounding like a jerk, perhaps you should have thought about these two things together before you purchased a bike from perhaps the most popular manufacturer in the country at a price point that you have in common with a ton of other people.

Regardless, it's your money. I had a black car once. It was a pita to keep it clean (I am kind of psychotic about such things), but boy did it look good after a polish. If you want to clean the bike after every ride, go black. If you want to hide the most dirt possible, go silver.

I would leave it the way it is, though.

Yeah, well if you know my history I had more $ invested in a Klein, but it was too big and I sold 6 months later at a loss. I bought the Trek cause it was one of the few bikes that had the components I wanted at the price I could still afford. Accepting a lesser paint job was a fair trade for a better fitting bike, but for 100 bucks, shoot, one can afford to get a different paint job.

But it's all moot now -- as i just found out you can;t powdercoat a carbon-stay bike.
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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.
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Old 10-13-04, 03:11 PM
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i would go with a sparkly purple. i love purple...nobody uses it enough these days.
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wouldn't that void your warranty too?
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Love the color... same as mine...

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Originally Posted by my58vw
Love the color... same as mine...
And I suppose that illustrates Towlie's point.
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