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Custom frame painting ideas(16 posts)

Custom frame painting ideasCaseysdad
Apr 9, 2003 9:50 AM
Okay, here's one for all of you right-brain types!

One of the fringe benefits of purchasing the obscenely expensive custom ti frame that I'm slowly saving up for is that I'll get to design a custom paint job for it. I realize that this is entirely a matter of personal taste that only I can ultimately decide. However, I have virtually no ideas at this point, so I'm taking the same approach to choosing the paint as I took to choosing the frame - i.e., expose myself to as many options as possible and narrow it down based on what I decide I like. At the moment, my only preference is for something relatively "bright" that will enhance visibility/safety on the road. Beyond that, I'm wide open.

That being the case, can anyone point me toward websites or other resources that might have pictures of bikes with exceptional (i.e., artistic, creative, unique) paint schemes? I'd also be interested in hearing "if I were painting MY bike..." suggestions. Extra points for ideas that are particularly imaginative - albeit still reasonably realistic and tasteful.

By the way, this will be a ti frame, and since I kind of like the look of a bare ti finish, I'd consider something that involves painting only part of the frame and leaves the ti as the "base color".
I'm lusting after thiscarpe_podium
Apr 9, 2003 10:19 AM
for my Ti bike:
Now that's different!
Nice workboneman
Apr 10, 2003 12:29 AM
Thanks for the link.
My wife's anodized Ti... (large pic file)TFerguson
Apr 10, 2003 6:18 AM
Nice looking ride (nm)boneman
Apr 10, 2003 11:14 AM
re: Custom frame painting ideasoutacontrol
Apr 9, 2003 10:20 AM
I'm going through the same thing trying to figure out a good custom paint job. I've looked at every bike shoot in the gallery and other sites I have found. Here is a good one to look at.
Here is a nice fade on a Ti bike.
Apr 9, 2003 10:24 AM
For some reason it didn't come out so here is a link.
that is a beautyFrith
Apr 9, 2003 2:07 PM
modern, understated, bright, dull, classy, flashy, all at the same time. To quote someone on this board a couple of months ago, not sure who, "That would be absolutely tits!"
i really wanted..._rt_
Apr 9, 2003 10:22 AM
to have my bike painted an irridescent orange-to-pink (with blue lettering). i recently warrantied the paint job on my carbon frame & i was hoping for a custom paint in return. unfortunately, i was told that was not an option. so i took one of the standard, significantly less gaudy paint options.

trek has custom paint options on the web for their Project 1 bikes. you might want to look there for some ideas.

Apr 9, 2003 10:59 AM
has a great photo gallery!
Browse the Independant Fabrications galleries.aeon
Apr 9, 2003 1:03 PM
Some very nice stuff there. I'll leave it to you to find a link.

You can't go wrong with supergloss pearl white with red panels, a la Spirito's Eddy Merckx. Beautiful.
re: Custom frame painting ideasjtolleson
Apr 9, 2003 3:00 PM
When I was shopping paint schemes for my new ride, I looked at the photo gallery on the Serotta, Landshark, and Indy Fab sites. They were really helpful, and I wound up using a pic of a Serotta (mountain bike, no less) to guide the folks who were painting my Seven.
I saw the coolest paint job at a race once.Ken of Fresno
Apr 9, 2003 3:29 PM
You mentioned bright colors for safety and that remeinded me of a bike I saw at a race years ago. It was bright green on the right side of the bike and bright orange on the left side. On a short crit course you would think he switched bikes. I remember telling my fried to check out the guy on the green bike, no, wait, I mean, the orange bike. It was pretty funny.
Spectrum Powder WorksNatC
Apr 9, 2003 5:48 PM
This place is widely acknowledged as the gold standard in aftermarket painting and powdercoating (at least in the mtb world). Top-notch finish with tremendous attention to detail.
custom made frame & custom airbrushed.....tandemania
Apr 9, 2003 10:07 PM
my frame is custom made in Italy and i had it custom airbrushed in Malaysia.
re: Custom frame painting ideasJBergland
Apr 10, 2003 5:36 AM

Here are a couple thoughts/ideas.

* Wet painting is going to give you more 'design' options... something much more unique and original.

* PowderCoating is going to give you a VERY robust finish... will stay looking sharp for years!!

* Have you considered polished Ti??

Good Luck!!