"Captain Dondo" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> On Fri, 02 May 2003 01:58:09 +0000, David L. Johnson
> > I had my old track bike coated. With single-color
powder on the frame
> > (metallic cobalt blue) and chrome plating on the fork
(it had been
> > painted), I paid $150. It would have been $100 for
frame and fork in one
> > color. I couldn't convince him to chrome the whole
thing, which is what I
> > really wanted, but the contamination of one bath to
another with leftover
> > solution in the tubes he did not want to deal with.
> Damn! That's cheap! Any chance this guy would do bikes
Sounds like a screaming deal to me, too. I've painted enough bike frames the hard way to appreciate
it. It's a lot of work, and unless you have some good spray gear, the results are unlikely to be
Actually, if you have the shop set up, you could do bike frames very cheaply. Guys that do roll
bars, etc. for offroad vehicles would be able to do this easily. Bead blasting a frame takes only a
few minutes, and so does the actual spraying. You could probably have less than an hour invested in
each frame, leaving plenty out of $!00 for rent and profit.
The rest of us fiddle around for hours.
Even if you did get a good finish from a spray paint can, these paints aren't very durable. Your
bike would be full of chips and scratches in no time. If you're going to invest all that time and
energy, and don't forget the effort to build up the bike, you might as well do it right.