Powder coating is a highly durable dry (no solvent) electrostatic process for coating metal objects. A polarized electric charge is applied to the frame. The vinyl powder is charged with the opposite polarity. When the powder is sprayed on the frame the electric charges cause the powder to cling to the frame. Once the frame has been evenly coated it is baked in a 400-degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. This causes the vinyl powder to melt and fuse to the surface of the frame.
Powder coating resists cracking and peeling. It is extremely abrasion, corrosion, and chemical resistant. The durability of powder coating matches or exceeds the characteristics of conventional solvent-based paints. Powder coating is quite common in the automotive industry.
Powder coating is an electrostatic process followed by a baking cycle. Carbon fiber does not conduct electricity and does not stand up to oven temperatures. However, we have often liquid-painted carbon forks to match the powder coated frame. This process is generally around $80.00.
That is a definite "Maybe". If the pitting is deep it will still show. Minor pitting will usually fill in nicely.
A standard frame and fork requires 1 pound of powder per color or clear coat. Tandem bikes require 2 pounds of powder. Much of this ends up as “blow-by” and does not affect the overall weight of the frame.
Unlike solvent-based wet paint systems, powder coating is an environmentally friendly process. Since the process does not use any solvents whatsoever, VOC emission problems are eliminated.
No. Media blasting is a safe and effective way to remove all the rust and paint from a frame. We use only enough pressure to remove the paint but not affect the frame in any way. In some instances, we will use chemical stripping if media blasting isn't working.
No. There are some metals such as scandium and frame construction methods such as bonding that are not suited for baking. However, the vast majority of aluminum and steel frames are perfectly fine to powder coat. The temperature of the curing process is usually around 350-400 degrees for a short 10-15-minute time frame. This is far less heat than was used to produce the frame originally.
Yes, we are capable of most frame modifications involving small braze on parts. We also remove derailleur hangers for fixed gear and single speed conversions, reshaping the drop out to resemble the opposite side of the frame. Pricing available on request.
Quite often, yes. Some minor dings can be massaged out, it really depends on the extent of the damage. We also use high-temperature fillers or silver brazing to smooth out the imperfections. Please send us a picture of the issue for a good assessment.
Yes, we can usually salvage most metal head badges. Plastic and decal type badges do not fair so well. We do safely remove most steel or aluminum badges and then reattach them after the coating process is complete.
No, the media blasting process removes all decals, paint, oxidation, grease, and other materials. Powder coating must be applied to bare metal. We do have an ever-growing list of reputable replica decal manufacturers on our Resource Links page.
On standard decals, we professionally apply an automotive-grade clear coat to the frame to help preserve the decals should you choose to do so. If available, please purchase decals designed for clear coat application.
We are a full-service business. We will do as much, or as little, of the disassembly as you want. We have all the tools needed to take apart both new and vintage bicycles. Please see our rate guide for pricing.
Shipping is a separate cost. Typically the return shipping of a frame and fork is $35 to $45.
Current backlog has us 3 to 4 months out on full restorations, 6 to 8 weeks on the smaller projects. We'll gladly add you to the queue if you are willing to wait. Thanks for your patience.