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Trek Repaint(4 posts)

Trek RepaintKaboom
Dec 28, 2003 3:25 PM
I have this red Trek frame from the early nineties, and both the frame and the paint have taken a good beating in that time. I am going to ride this frame till it cracks, simply cuz i am not in a situation to blow the cash in a new frame.
My question is, can I get the frame repainted? is there anyone/anoshop that does this kind of thing? its Aluminum. Can i get them to do a personalized paintjob or just plain colors? how much is it going to cost me? any drawbacks to this? the paint it has now really looks like sh¡t. Any help much appreciated!
re: Trek RepaintMellowVelo
Dec 28, 2003 3:58 PM
The more detailed the paintjob, the more expensive - You can do a single coat, single color powdercoat job from someone like Spectrum PowderWorks for $120. If you want new decals or painted logos or multiple colors - it's going to go up pretty fast.
Lots of places can do it.djg
Dec 28, 2003 5:16 PM
There are likely motorcycle and/or auto body and paint shops in your area that can handle this. More specialized bicycle painting seems to start at around a hundred bucks, give or take, once you've stripped the parts from the frame. Spectrum has already been listed for powdercoating. Northeast custom color is another. Color factory in NJ is another. The back of velonews has a number of paint shop ads. I recently used a Michigan framebuilder named Matt Assenmacher to do a more complicated job on a more expensive frame. As another poster said, costs can escalate sharply as you diverge from the choice of a single color. Add decals and the costs go up. A second color and the costs go up. Etc., etc. It's easy to spend 300 bucks on a paint job (not including shipping) and there are places where you can run the tab up past 500 very easily. At the same time, a single color, properly prepared and applied should give you a nice looking and economical paint job. You'll just have to answer for yourself the questions what you can afford and what investment--if any--the frame justifies.
Lots of places can do it.Jack9
Dec 28, 2003 9:28 PM
Find a auto body paint shop and have them paint it when they paint a car a color you like. They will be all set up and should pass the savings along to you.