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Any Ti buffs ever consider "painting" your bike this way?(21 posts)

Any Ti buffs ever consider "painting" your bike this way?Mel Erickson
Feb 3, 2003 2:52 PM

Looks vely intelestink!
now that's coolDougSloan
Feb 3, 2003 3:12 PM
About time Ti got some personality. I really like that. "Planets and moon" look good.

They make TI jewelry that looks like thisColnagoFE
Feb 3, 2003 3:14 PM
The only thing I'd be worried about it the anodizing affecting any of the metal's properties. ANyone know if this is a problem? You'd think that someone wou;d have come out with a rainbow colored TI frame by now if there were no structural (or major cost) issues.
They make TI jewelry that looks like thislegs
Feb 3, 2003 3:36 PM
anodizing makes the surface more brittle.. not a good idea and oftentimes voids warranty.
Read closelyMel Erickson
Feb 3, 2003 3:50 PM
This is not anodizing in the same sense as aluminum. However, I have not idea what it does to the integrity of the metal. From the description of the process it doesn't sound like it would compromise the Ti much. Besides, Ti is a much less porous metal than aluminum and should withstand this type of alteration. Maybe someone should contact them and see what they say?
Anyone know what happens to the warranty?n.m.koala
Feb 3, 2003 3:20 PM
Anyone know what happens to the warranty?n.m.Rob Sal
Feb 4, 2003 12:57 AM
Both the Merlin and Litespeed websites say that anodising your frame voids the warranty.
re: Any Ti buffs ever consider "painting" your bike this way?Akirasho
Feb 3, 2003 3:46 PM
... a few years ago, I saw a similar treatment on a Cannondale tandem... very unique (as with Ti, the Al treatment gives a one of a kind finish... impossible to totally duplicate).

... I've got an extra Ti frame... hmmmmmmmm...

Be the bike.
re: Any Ti buffs ever consider "painting" your bike this way?j-son
Feb 3, 2003 4:38 PM
Several years ago at the 89er stage race in Norman Ok I saw a drop dead gorgeous anodized ti Moots. The effect was stunning ... purple-gold-blue-green-bronze all morphed and swirling together. The bike was ridden by an equally stunning female racer of modest fame from the mid 90s, although her name escapes me.

Not sure if the frame was done by this company, but the look is quite similar.
I've seen Ti jewelry done that way ...Humma Hah
Feb 3, 2003 5:40 PM
... and wondered if I'd ever seen the technique used on a bike. Titanium changes color depending on the anodizing voltage used, and the results can be quite stunning.
I've seen Ti jewelry done that way ...mackgoo
Feb 4, 2003 9:50 AM
It also change's based on the alloy.
seen a few aroundFTMD
Feb 3, 2003 5:58 PM
I've seen a moots road frame that was anodized on ebay. No specific pattern, just a swirl of blues, purples and greens. Also, someone recently posted pics of a moots ybb mtb over on that had been anodized in the same pattern. So, there are a few floating around.

Personally, I like the dull finish much better, but hey, to each his own.
A friend has 2 bikes she didhycobob
Feb 3, 2003 6:05 PM
A riding buddy here in Texas had Leni Fried anodize 2 bikes. Both his road and MTB are done in the splatter style; and the website doesn't do it justice. All of his Ti bolts were done too. If the splatter looks as good in person, as I think it does, some of her more intricate/artsy designs ought to really kick butt. Its too bad that you can't anodize Ti red, I'ld really like that. If I had some extra greenbacks I would have something like a mix of the alien and planets done to my Sampson. Her paint jobs are great too...she is definitely a real artist.
Yep, his road bike looks a little like this...Tig
Feb 3, 2003 7:00 PM
Very original looking Litespeed, but a little more subdued than this example.
Did you ever see his splattered McMahan MTB?hycobob
Feb 3, 2003 7:16 PM
I think thats what Chris' MTB is? His blue anodized Cook Bros. cranks went really well with the splattered Palmares...right up to the point where they snapped in two.
Nope. He sure like fast cars and nice bikes though! -nmTig
Feb 4, 2003 7:10 AM
Re: finishing TiAhimsa
Feb 3, 2003 6:25 PM
Can ya powder coat a titanium frame?




Something d-o-o economics?

Re: finishing Ticomedy-tragedy
Feb 4, 2003 7:22 AM
I had my Ti frame powder coated last year without any problems. According to the coater he just uses the normal prep and puts it in the oven.

There's a place in Denver called Spectrum Powder Works that does nothing but powder coating for bikes, Ti included. If you have questions go to their web site and give them a call.

I love mine.
The method would also work well for unpainted aluminum...joekm
Feb 3, 2003 7:10 PM
The anodize (or possibly alodine - a "field anodizing" process) actually is meant to provide corrosion protection. One neat feature is that the corrosion protection mechanism is such that, even if the surface treatement were locally scratched to the bare metal, the scratched surface is still protected.

I imagine it would be lighter than paint as well...
it adds 0 gms.....not so for paint (nm)hycobob
Feb 3, 2003 9:27 PM
re: Any Ti buffs ever consider "painting" your bike this way?mackgoo
Feb 4, 2003 9:48 AM
Ilooked into this, went down and talked to her. I almost did it but it is very expensive. In the end I backed out.