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Repainting Trek OCLV question(8 posts)

Repainting Trek OCLV questionwonderdog
May 31, 2002 10:25 AM

Hey, I have a 1999 Trek OCLV (5500) bike that has some paint blemishes in it, and I'm tired of the paint scheme. Has anyone here every had one repainted? Who did it? I know that Trek has a repaint program, but I was wondering if there were other options. Were you happy with the work, and lastly, how much can I expect to pay?

Thanks for your help.

ps - Trek said that Project One is for 2002 OCLV bikes only.

re: Repainting Trek OCLV questiontexfan
May 31, 2002 10:41 AM
I was in my lbs the other day and a customer had brought in his 1999 5500. It had a beautiful custom paint job on it. He told me that he took it to a local motor-cycle custom shop when the bike was new (I believe that its original color was white), had the stickers stripped off and got a realy nice purple fade paint job.

When I saw the bike the paint job was 3 years old and looked great.

That was a long way of saying yes you can get it repainted.

Good luck
re: Repainting Trek OCLV questionNJRoad
May 31, 2002 10:52 AM
I don't imagine it would be a problem as long as you are not looking for a natural carbon look (ala Calfee). A straight up paint job could be had from any number of frame painters. Joe Bell and Airglow come to mind (do a web search). You can expect the cost to start at $200 and I have no idea where the ceiling could be. If you are looking for a natural carbon look here is the answer I got from Airglow.

Your website mentioned refinishing of a carbon fork by hand sanding. What is the look of the carbon after the sanding? Can you leave it as is or does it require a new finish other than a clear coat? A local speed shop recommended Plastic Bead Blasting, will that work?

Some people do take the finish off of carbon with media (plastic) blasting. We still prefer to prepare carbon by hand as this doesn't damage the carbon fibers at all. If you want to remove all the paint from a carbon fork and
leave it natural carbon, the best way to acheive this is by chemical stripping. We do not do this. The epoxy primer that is used to paint this product is very difficult to get out of the fibers, so we always put a new paint finish on carbon. Hope this answered your questions.
Wow, what horrible advice...esoteric
May 31, 2002 1:30 PM
Chemical stripping poses a total hazard to the resin matrix and you run a full risk of compromising the structure. Bead blasting is also dangerous with an inexperienced operator, especially in tight areas on the frame.
re: Repainting Trek OCLV question2_cheap
May 31, 2002 11:03 AM
Although I haven't shipped my frame to them yet, Airglow seems to be near the top of the heap for frame painters/refinishers. I wouldn't hesitate using them.
Airglow repainted my 5200rockit
May 31, 2002 1:49 PM
Ronny did a beautiful job. He can do custom decal work as well.
May 31, 2002 11:21 AM

Airglow painting looks beautiful! Check them out at

Thanks for the tips.

re: Repainting Trek OCLV questioncapnjim01
May 31, 2002 11:23 AM
if you check with trek about having someone else paint your frame they may tell you this voids the original warranty(sp?). if that matters to you