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Frame refinishing ... ???(5 posts)

Frame refinishing ... ???MrDan
Jun 21, 2003 12:43 PM
I'm going to refinish a frame over the coming winter. I know of Joe Bell, but would like to find someone local (central MA) who can strip, add braze-ons align etc. I might want a tow-color fade, but might consider powder coat?

Chime-in please!
re: Frame refinishing ... ???russw19
Jun 21, 2003 4:40 PM
Adding braze ons and aligning your frame is a job for a frame builder. Look them up by checking with your local shops to see if they know anyone in the area who does that stuff. Also check with your local bike clubs. They would know. As for the paint, I am in the process of having my old Cannondale repainted to be my beater bike... you can spend a lot of money and have a custom paint job done, and Joe Bell is one of the absolute best, or you can get it done a lot cheaper.

Joe Bell and others that do that quality of work are restoration specialists. They will do whatever you ask of them and do it right. They will get you factory decals and reapply them if you want, and you will be more than happy with their work. But you will pay a lot for it.

If you are restoring a bike and want a great paint job, they are the way to go. But if you are simply refinishing a frame or looking to change the color and using it more like I am going to use mine, for a commuter or beater, you can do it yourself, or have it done by anyone that paints cars.

I have found that with all the kids getting custom crazy paint on their Honda Civics and Dodge Neons that there are a ton of places around my town that can paint a bike frame. I found a place that will give me a 5 coat powdercoat with 3 layer clear coat (no reapplying decals, but I didn't ask them to) for $120. So if you go powdercoat, you can probably get it done cheap.

I don't know what level of finish you are looking for, but powdercoating is easy for any local body shop that does painting for cars. Give em a call.

Otherwise, Joe Bell, his prices are really pretty good from what I have seen, and when you consider the quality of his work, that is who I would choose if I wanted a restoration type finish.

Will standard decals stick to powder coat or...TFerguson
Jun 22, 2003 6:11 AM
do you have to go to a sticker of some kind?
Will standard decals stick to powder coat or...Lone Gunman
Jun 22, 2003 5:01 PM
Powder coat finish is just like any high end paint only much more durable, amazing finish. What I did with my frame which was steel...can not PC CF, and possible alu, not certain on alu though. I had the frame PC which when finished was like a primer and finish coat all wrapped into one. Had sections of the PC lightly sanded to rough up the surface and then had paint sprayed on, decals applied, clear over the decals, which I understand is tricky for some reason, I now have a red and yellow $300 paint job that is tough as nails.
re: Frame refinishing ... ???jromack
Jun 22, 2003 4:50 AM
Also look at in New Paltz, New York.