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That reminds me. Frame painting options??(10 posts)

That reminds me. Frame painting options??Kristin
Oct 7, 2003 7:15 AM
The CammoCommuter looks like a true beater. The seller had removed all the original paint from the frame and simply spray painted it with enamel. It looked good enough, but didn't last. The paint is rubbing off all over the place. I need to do something, since I plan to ride it in the snow. What are my options? Cheap is priority. Oh, its a steal frame. ACK! I mean a steel frame. I'm gonna jynx myself.

I thought about just wrapping it in duct tape, but I'm not sure that's a good solution. I don't know how duct tape stands up to time and weather. Also, it seems like a heavy solution.
just paint itDougSloan
Oct 7, 2003 7:32 AM
Just remove the components, or mask them off, and paint it with spray paint. Can't look any worse, can it?

Before painting, lightly sand with very fine sandpaper, then use tack cloth to remove dust, then clean with degreaser. That will make the paint stick better. Do several light coats.

Don't use duct tape. It will break down and peel off. Also, you'll likely get water trapped under it, which will increase rusting.
No, but I'll have to do it every 6 months.Kristin
Oct 7, 2003 7:46 AM
Repainting a frame in a 600 SF condo every 6 months? I'd rather let it rust.
just touch up where needed nmDougSloan
Oct 7, 2003 7:49 AM
If you want to keep the CammoCommuter lookMR_GRUMPY
Oct 7, 2003 7:46 AM
Just wash the bike down and brush paint it with two or three different colors, to give it that " I was just using up old paint" look.
Do the prep work yourself & take to paint shopbimini
Oct 7, 2003 8:51 AM
If you know someone who does painting see if they will cut you a deal.

If you do the prep work and if you are willing to use a paint they already using on another job, they could probably cut you a good deal to spray your frame while they are running the other job.

See if they can use a good automotive quality paint or powder coat.

Don't do the duct tape, it will trap water and guarantee rust. Better to nothing at all and dry it with a towel after it gets wet than use the duct tape.
Powder Coat...scary slow
Oct 7, 2003 9:22 AM
I just had a frame and fork powder coated for $50. Frmae looks great and from what I have read powder coating is nearly indestructable.
Powder Coat...10speedfiend
Oct 7, 2003 4:43 PM
Could you please e-mail me with where you got it done for $50. My bike is in desperate need of some new skin.
re: That reminds me. Frame painting options??BigFatSal
Oct 7, 2003 9:27 AM
Here's a couple options:

But first remove all components so you just have a bare frame.

a.)Find a motorcycle painter. Go to a local motorcycle shop and ask if they do it or if they can recommend someone. Guys who paint motorcycle frames have experience painting thin round tubing versus guys who paint cars that have large flat surfaces. Ask to have it sandblasted first.

b.) Find a local powder coating shop. Powder coat is good because it's very durable and coats nicely since it goes on as a dry powder with an electrostatic charge, then gets baked and melts, flowing over the frame and really encasing it in a protective finish. Again, make sure it's sandblasted first.

Either option, if you use a paint color they already have in stock, should cost you about $50 bucks.... Not sure how much you want to spend but that's a pretty decent price that'll keep your frame in great shape for many years. Good luck! :>)
Forgot to mention something!BigFatSal
Oct 7, 2003 9:34 AM
Be sure they mask the frame openings so everything goes back together correctly. You don't want any paint inside these areas: seat tube opening, head tube openings, bottom bracket area. If they also paint the fork, don't paint the steerer tube or where the headset races sit - just paint the blades. A bit hard to explain in words. Could show you in person much easier! Oh well, hopefully you know what I mean!