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Anybody get a Project One paint job done?(4 posts)

Anybody get a Project One paint job done?NEIL
Jan 6, 2004 11:44 AM
I know you can have Trek repaint your old frame. Was curious if somebody had done this and how much did it cost? Also, did you send it directly to Trek or did you go through a dealer?

Ask Trek... (nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 6, 2004 7:03 PM
re: Anybody get a Project One paint job done?russw19
Jan 7, 2004 1:36 AM
For what it would cost you to have Trek repaint it, I would suggest you look into a custom paint job from someone like Joe Bell.

Project One paint jobs up the retail price of Trek, Fisher, Lemond, or Klein bikes by $300 to $500 depending on the paint scheme. It's cool to have a custom paint job, but those aren't really so much custom paint as limited paint jobs. Anyways, that is the price jump on a brand new unfinished frame. I would imagine it's more to have your old frame stripped and reprepped to paint. For $500, you could get some amazing paint jobs done by some good custom painters.

Just a suggestion, but from someone who works for a Lemond dealer, if you are going to go custom, then you really should go custom.

I considered it but...bicycle268
Jan 7, 2004 6:43 AM
due to the high cost I looked into other options. One was a custom job by a pro painter. After some consideration, I did a little homework and decided to paint it myself. Carbon is tricky to deal with. No chemicals, no sand blasting. Just VERY CAREFUL sanding, proper priming, painting and clearcoating. You can't bake the paint to harden so you have to spray many layers and sand in between. The biggest hurdle is the decals!! IMPOSSIBLE TO GET!! I couldn't believe how nice it came out. Jet black on the joints with a carbon weave (decal) on the main tubes all covered by a gloss clear coat. Took a lot of time but I'm happy. Just a couple downsides. The finish will not be as tough as a pro job and paint is very toxic to deal with...tqake precautions!