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Powdercoating Frame(4 posts)

Powdercoating FrameBridgestoner
Feb 18, 2003 10:44 AM
I'm looking for a quality powdercoat job. I want a company that does this regularly. One that will be kind to my lugged steel frame when stripping. And this company should be capable of reproducing decals. Anyone have experience with such a firm?
re: Powdercoating FrameAndy M-S
Feb 18, 2003 1:16 PM
Dunno about reproducing decals, but for everything else, go to www.spectrumpowderworks.com. They did a nice celeste for my old Bianchi, and the lugs look fiiiiiiine!
Cyclart ...Humma Hah
Feb 18, 2003 3:38 PM
... they're in northern San Diego County, CA, they're bike specialists, and have a world-class rep. They powdercoated my cruiser, including a decal restoration of some of the original Schwinn decals, two custom decals, and clearcoating. The job was expensive but very good, and has proved to be durable. I had reservations about spending over $360 to powdercoat a bike that sold new for $89, but I've never been sorry since.

I got a pretty basic job. They're capable of full restoration, including frame repairs and chroming.

They're on the web as cyclart.com.
re: Powdercoating FrameLone Gunman
Feb 18, 2003 6:25 PM
Had my '99 Lemond Z PCed. Paint was removed by placing the frame in the oven and baking the paint off. It just flakes off like ash, in fact it was "flaking off" just looking at it(reason for redo), the paint won't accept heat very well(853 steel) and what was left was wire brushed off.

The company I chose to do the work does alot of auto/motorcycle parts. They had a decent selection of colors the were UV safe, a major consideration for frame PC since you don't want it to fade.

Cost was $150, bought a set of decals from Lemond $30, then had a person that does autobody paint work wet spray part of the frame and all of the fork and apply the decals and then 3 coats of clear over decals, $125. Any defects were in the decals not fitting 100% correct but you gotta really look to find the errors.

The result was stunning and I am very happy with the outcome. I have no idea why PC is not used more in the bike industry, especially when I believe it is cheaper and environmentaly cleaner to do.

Powder coating is not hard to do, just have to make sure they got good coverage, there will be no runs or drips.