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Powder coating vs painting
#1
An interesting duscussion in progress regarding a bike build... so advice/info please...

What paint is needed for an ali frame? How much does it cost to get it painted? Who's good "locally"?

What facilities exist "locally" for powder coating, at what price?
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#2
"MudMonkey" Wrote:An interesting duscussion in progress regarding a bike build... so advice/info please...

What paint is needed for an ali frame? How much does it cost to get it painted? Who's good "locally"?

What facilities exist "locally" for powder coating, at what price?
Powder coating would be much better for a bike as it is a harder and more durable finnish, but if it dose get damaged it'll be much harder to repair i believe. But powder coating is a lot cheaper depending on where you go and how much of the prep work you do yourself. Papa Smurf started a thread titled something like "what color should Treehuggers frame be" quite a few months ago where a few people linked to some local powder coating complanies, but i can't find it at the moment, even using the search button Undecided  If anyone has any luck finding it i would be grateful also as i never noted down any of the companies and still intend powder coating mine towards the end of 2010.
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#3
I've had numerous motorcycle parts powder coated at Lynx in Strood over the years, but usually "unofficially." If you choose the powder coat route you will need the old finish completely removed, this is eaiest acheieved by shot blasting, but you'll need someone who knows cycles & Ali to do that or much harm could be done.
Powder coating also uses a baking process to cure the finish, which I doubt affects frame heat treatment, but again worth consideration.
As with any finish it's all about preparation & back to Ali via shot blasting is undoutedly best, but with "thin as we can make them" bike frames you need to be careful.
Powder coat is thicker, harder & more brittle. Paint is thinner & more flexible. Stove enammel is the middle ground it's a baked on paint finish that is applied wet like paint.
I'd talk to an expert before doing anything. Have a look at http://www.argoscycles.com I've heard nothing, but good things, but had no first hand experience. Also worth a chat in your LBS to see if they know anyone local.
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#4
"Tinc" Wrote:Also worth a chat in your LBS to see if they know anyone local.

Or in Ashford the not so local bike shops in Folkstone and Canterbury ! Big Grin
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#5
Mudmonkey: My company owns a shotblasters plus Mobes had his (my old one) DMR powder coated including striping afaik for £30 by a place in Eastbourne, I can give you his email address if you want more info
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#6
Cool, yes I remember the discussion and couldn't find it hence asking. Frame would be new and uncoated btw. We shall see, something for a little later.
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#7
Found the old post for you.

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#8
Nice one Mark, cheers.
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#9
Thanks Mark Smile  Papa Smurf also recommended one that was at the bike show. I'll have a look through my pm's when I get home unless he beats me to it.
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#10
These are in Broadstairs

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I have used them a few times for customers bikes and they are good.
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