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Painting titanium...(13 posts)

Painting titanium...koala
Dec 7, 2002 3:16 PM
I e-mailed Seven and asked them what it would cost to paint a ti frame half paint and half bare(a la Serotta). I also asked them how much weight the half paint option would add. The answers were a little unsettling. 350 to paint half the bike in a Serotta style! Would the whole bike be 700? They also responded that painting half the bike would be 3 to 5 ounces! You mean there are 6 to 10 ounces of paint on my 3.37lb. steel frame? I guess I would only consider an unpainted frame from them!
I vaguely recall that bike paint...PdxMark
Dec 7, 2002 4:36 PM
was said to weigh about 100 grams - or about 4 ounces. So Seven's numbers are a bit high relative to my unsubstantiated and weak recollection.
re: Painting titanium...bsdc
Dec 7, 2002 8:54 PM
I doubt it costs twice as much to paint the whole bike. If painting half the bike costs $350, then I would imagine that painting the whole bike would cost $350-400.
re: Painting titanium...jtolleson
Dec 7, 2002 9:02 PM
I had Seven paint my bike a two color fade with bare chainstays; it was $385.
re: Painting titanium...rookierider
Dec 8, 2002 4:20 AM
Have you talked to Tom Kellogg at Spectrum? Custom titanium, beautiful workmanship, and comparable in price to the Seven.
Yes I have talked to Tom...koala
Dec 8, 2002 4:44 AM
Its a toss up between him and Seven. Any feedback is appreciated.
Yes I have talked to Tom...rookierider
Dec 9, 2002 3:17 AM
Tom is first rate in my book. I was also sold on Seven until I met Tom. I went for a visit one free day and was not disappointed; Tom answered any questions I presented, I saw his operation, and once gone I felt at ease with dropping that much money on a bike. Although I try to support the LBS, I've found sometimes you get more accurate info going directly to the source. Sure Tom wants me to buy his bike but there was no pressure whatsoever, and I really like that. Good luck with your choice.
Have you thought of Ti-Dying it? Not the cheesy '80s crap...hycobob
Dec 8, 2002 9:18 AM
I forget who does it but a friend has had both of his Ti bikes anodized. It adds ZERO WEIGHT, unlike painting and they do really great work. You can get all kinds of designs, solid color, or mottled (splotched mixture thats wild looking, my buddy has this style). Somebody here should know the girl who does this. I think she is out of Minnisota? She also can do great custom (one of a kind) paint jobs.
www.titaniumarts.competer in NVA
Dec 8, 2002 11:30 AM
Is this the site? If I were getting ti, this seems the way to go...preserves the "metallic sense" of the bike. I was surprised to read on an old Merlin web site that anoidizing ti would void their warranty because of surface cracks that propagate into the ti,causing it to fail. I'm no metallurgist, so the idea seems far fetched to me (someone explain it please). I would take a chance, those colors are incredible.
Have you thought of Ti-Dying it? Not the cheesy '80s crap...mackgoo
Dec 8, 2002 4:07 PM
She is right here in Ma. I talked to her last year. It is very expensive, I ended up passing. It's funny you would mention Merlin. Her husband was one of the founders, sinse sold out. She mentioned that the process was not reproducible enough for a production process such as that. It always comes out a little different.
Site and example of anodized bike......TFerguson
Dec 8, 2002 1:42 PM

Check for an example of my wife's bike.

Below shows parts of the top and down tubes. This is actual anodization with no paint or die used. It is titanium oxide ("titanium rust") and is applied with an electrical current.

Lovely bike, but she doesn't look happy about it :) nmPdxMark
Dec 8, 2002 4:00 PM
Thans for replies. Much appreciated.n.m.koala
Dec 9, 2002 6:10 AM