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    Finish

    After reading a different thread here on VRC, thought i'd ask. Assuming the quality of the finish all being equal, what is the comparable prices to redo a frame in:

    Powdercoat
    Paint
    Chrome

    Haven't put a lot of thought in it because I have other projects that will come first, but have toyed with the idea of finishing the Champion frame any one of these three.

    I always figure powdercoat is about the same price as spraying but more durable.
    Spraying is usually era correct for most older bikes, but not as durable as powdercoat.
    Chrome is cool on some bikes, durable but pricey.

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    You have them listed in correct order. I would absolutely go powder from a place who knows how to shoot bikes. Then come back with high quality auto paint in a rattle can for any details ala Schwinn DX.

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    What about nickel plate. Should be a bit cheaper than chrome as it the 2nd to last dip before the actual chrome. Has a nicer look to it in my opinion too.

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    Any plating will cost a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckevlar
    What about nickel plate. Should be a bit cheaper than chrome as it the 2nd to last dip before the actual chrome. Has a nicer look to it in my opinion too.
    What he said....
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    I like the durability of powder but I have heard that some paint colors are difficult to match.
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    I know you are doing a steel frame but are there issues with the heat required for powdercoating some frames? I think I am going to do powder on my 30's Mercury.
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    Powder coating is cheaper and more durable but generally not as aesthetically pleasing. Which is more important to you?

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