/ Stripping and painting a bike frame
I have an old Giant OCR (alu) in immaculate condition. It is quite light and with wide pear shaped tubes it looks quite good. Unfortunately it's the old yellow, red and grey Giant colours and looks very dated.
I also have some Mavic CXP30 deep section wheels. They are bombproof, with Ultegra hubs. Again unfortunately they are yellow so I'm looking to do those too.
Hoping to go for the matt black stealth look - should be a cool bike.
I want the cheapest way as it's just a hobby project for the winter - hopefully be a good bike for the Flanders Sportive in March.
If you are going for the proper mat black stealth look, you may want to rethink it.
It is a total pain to upkeep. I looked into it for a car once and all the advice said it looks fantastic, so long as you don't take it out in any kind of weather.
Do not underestimate how hard it is to keep it looking good.
Easiest job is find a good powder coater and let them dip it in a tank to strip it and then powder coat it, other than that paint stripper, etch primer, base coat, and Lacquer flatting back after each stage. I've spent days rubbing frames down, you can do a half decent job with rattle cans, not a very tough finish tho' but generally better to let good a painter do the rest.
> Easiest job is find a good powder coater and let them dip it in a tank to strip it and then powder coat it, other than that paint stripper, etch primer, base coat, and Lacquer flatting back after each stage. I've spent days rubbing frames down, you can do a half decent job with rattle cans, not a very tough finish tho' but generally better to let good a painter do the rest.
Agreed. Can spray is very soft compared to having it done properly and baked.
A friend got a bike stripped and powder coated for under £30. She was very pleased with the result.
What Clare said really - but I'm in France and wandering round and finding someone who actually wants to take money from me to do a job might be a problem.
Not worth a pro job - frames is probably only worth 30 quid.
That's about average, powder coating has really come on over the last ten years, someone who knows what they are doing can produce results which are on a par with paint and is so much more hard wearing.
Part of me wants to spend a bit of time in me shed ;-)
Maybe you could powder coat it yourself then, get some old electric fires and build a small stove, volia!
Try "la peinture en poudre"
In that case, Hammerite do matt black in a can. I used it to good effect on some handlebars recently, but couldn't comment on longevity. A whole bike might not work out too cheap compared to TC's 30 quid. The trick is many very thin coats.
It is thermolaquage I think.
Different grades of wet/dry paper and plenty of elbow grease!(You've got all winter to do it)
Can't comment on the painting.
could be worth asking on the retrobike forum, some of the members are very knowledgeable in these things
Do not strip before painting your bike frame! The only thing worse than removing hammerite from your tackle is explaining to the wife how you did it ;-)
> A friend got a bike stripped and powder coated for under £30. She was very pleased with the result.
Where was this done? Seems a great price.
Somewhere in Shipley, I believe. I'll find out!
yeah i learned the hard way- lots of effort for a crap finish that scratches easily. next time, i'd take to mr powdercoat
(Bettablast in newcastle did a great job with on a steel frame for 45 quid- about the same as my diy spraypaint attempt)
I understand it's difficult to mask threads etc. for the powder coating process.
The OP should be prepared to re-tap-out the B/B threads and do a bit of work with a file to get the seat-pin back in.
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