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Some questions about resprying a frame

Old 08-04-12, 12:43 PM
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Some questions about resprying a frame

Have any of you experience in respraying paint on a bike frame

*Is it best to let professional powder coaters do the job

*Is powder coating the best option

*What is the finished product like

any input/suggestions/advice appreciated

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Old 08-04-12, 12:52 PM
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And to answer, spraying yourself can look ok if done really well, but it can be hard to do so. Just find a local powdercoater and have them do it. It'll look best, and if they screw up (most likely won't) they can fix it. Its really hard to fix something that you sprayed yourself when you aren't sure what you did wrong in the first place.
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Welcome to the Internet. As you clearly know, we don't need any details to understand what you are trying to accomplish.
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Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
Welcome to the Internet. As you clearly know, we don't need any details to understand what you are trying to accomplish.
It's pretty obvious to anyone who actually reads the post.

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A professional powdercoating job will never look as good as a professional, multi-stage paint job. Likewise, a really good rattlecan paint job will never look as good as a professional powdercoating job.

Based on the few quotes I've gotten, including all prep (stripping/cleaning the frame, primer/base/clear), a good paint job will run you minimum $500. You can get a great powdercoating job for about $150. If you actually do it right, you'll probably spend about $100 on materials to do a rattlecan job (assuming you don't have any of the materials required to begin with). How good you'll do depends entirely on how much time and effort you spend on prep, how clean your workspace is, and how evenly you can lay color. If it's your first job, expect it to look like crap.

Powdercoating does have a few benefits over paint. First, powder is a very durable finish. You can dent it, you can scratch it, and you can generally abuse it without knocking any color off the bike. You have to really try to get the finish off. Paint will scratch and chip a lot more easily, no matter how many coats or how thick the coats were laid. Powder doesn't require nearly as much time to cure, where a good paint job will be soft for days after taking it home. A professional paint job will give you deep, vibrant colors and can still look very "wet" when it's properly cured. Unfortunately, even the glossiest powder still looks like powder.

For most bike finishes, powder is the way to go. I wouldn't repaint a frame unless it was a complete ****box to begin with and I wanted to cover up the rust, or if it was a '20s Waterford that really deserved to be restored.

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It's pretty obvious that powder coat is the best option.
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Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
Welcome to the Internet. As you clearly know, we don't need any details to understand what you are trying to accomplish.

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I say, you can make some powdercoat paint jobs look just as good as some multi-staged layered professional paint jobs...
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