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    Getting a frame repainted

    Long story short - I had to warranty a steel frame that cracked in under 2 years, the only color replacement frame the company had available was glossy white that glows in the dark.............I night ride a lot in Marin and a glowing, high visibility frame isn't exactly ideal for being stealth....

    So I need to get this frame repainted, nothing fancy, pretty much whatever is the cheapest solid dark color. I've called a few powder coating places and auto body shops and gotten ballpark quotes of $200-$400, which is a bit steeper than I want to pay.

    Any suggestions for low cost frame repainting that doesn't involve a rattle can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Long story short - I had to warranty a steel frame that cracked in under 2 years, the only color replacement frame the company had available was glossy white that glows in the dark.............I night ride a lot in Marin and a glowing, high visibility frame isn't exactly ideal for being stealth....

    So I need to get this frame repainted, nothing fancy, pretty much whatever is the cheapest solid dark color. I've called a few powder coating places and auto body shops and gotten ballpark quotes of $200-$400, which is a bit steeper than I want to pay.

    Any suggestions for low cost frame repainting that doesn't involve a rattle can?
    See if you can talk a painter or powder coater into spraying it when they spray a car, in the same color. You may have to prep it.

    I've gotten a couple of bikes powder coated for $75 for the frame using a powder the guy had and that included bead blasting. But I'm on the other side of the country from you.
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    My neighbor used this on his bike with good results.

    https://us.spray.bike/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    My neighbor used this on his bike with good results.

    https://us.spray.bike/
    Thanks for the tip on that stuff! Looks like I'd need to sand the frame down since it is new from the factory (and also to hopefully dull "glow" a bit!)

    What kind of bike did your neighbor repaint?

    I'd still rather just pay to have it done rather than deal with paint dust and setting up a spray area in my driveway/garage and also just to get it done quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Thanks for the tip on that stuff! Looks like I'd need to sand the frame down since it is new from the factory (and also to hopefully dull "glow" a bit!)

    What kind of bike did your neighbor repaint?

    I'd still rather just pay to have it done rather than deal with paint dust and setting up a spray area in my driveway/garage and also just to get it done quicker.
    A fixed gear bike, looked good but took some time. I believe Calfee paints frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Thanks for the tip on that stuff! Looks like I'd need to sand the frame down since it is new from the factory (and also to hopefully dull "glow" a bit!)

    What kind of bike did your neighbor repaint?

    I'd still rather just pay to have it done rather than deal with paint dust and setting up a spray area in my driveway/garage and also just to get it done quicker.
    Squid Bikes in sacramento does alot of frame painting with Spray.Bike. Might be worth sending them an email about painting something for you.

    It's a longshot, they're pretty busy with cross racing season, but might be worth a quick email.

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    D&D cycles in San Lorenzo.

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    I ended up taking my frame to Leon's Powder Coating in Oakland. http://http://www.leonspowdercoatings.com/

    They definitely weren't the most organized shop but it was $80 out the door for them to blast the old paint off and powder coat it with the color of my choice. Best price I found after getting a bunch of quotes and I'm pretty happy with the result.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    I ended up taking my frame to Leon's Powder Coating in Oakland. http://http://www.leonspowdercoatings.com/

    They definitely weren't the most organized shop but it was $80 out the door for them to blast the old paint off and powder coat it with the color of my choice. Best price I found after getting a bunch of quotes and I'm pretty happy with the result.

    Cheers!
    Pics please

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    thats a solid price

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    I ended up taking my frame to Leon's Powder Coating in Oakland. http://http://www.leonspowdercoatings.com/

    They definitely weren't the most organized shop but it was $80 out the door for them to blast the old paint off and powder coat it with the color of my choice. Best price I found after getting a bunch of quotes and I'm pretty happy with the result.

    Cheers!
    That's a GREAT price. I powder coated some small vintage floor vents for my house and they were more than that each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Pics please
    Will try to get some pics up tonight or tomorrow. Had the headset pressed into the frame and have to pick it up from the shop tonight.

    I was pretty skeptical of the price initially and half expected a bait and switch situation. I spoke with them several times confirming the price, that I didn't need to prep the frame, etc before actually heading over. Definitely not the prettiest part of Oakland (49th + San Leandro) and they have a huge, older shop space with parts scattered all over it.

    Dropped my frame off on a Saturday, they said they'd have it done within a week and would call me when it was ready to go. I called them on the following Thursday to check in and they said to come by at noon on Saturday and it would be all ready. Tried calling a few times Saturday before heading over but no answer, got there at noon, they asked if I could come back at 2 because it wasn't done yet...... Frustrating but I didn't have much of a choice at that point. I let them know I wasn't thrilled with the delay and they said they'd have it done by 1 (it has already been blasted, just needed to be coated). Went over to Temescal brewing to pick up bottles, have a pint and lunch, got back at 1:30 and it was all good to go.

    $80 and I was on my way. Hope to have the bike built up this week and back on the dirt after this next storm moves through!

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    Here's some pics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IrieRider View Post
    Here's some pics.


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    Wow!! $80, sign me up.

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