Sloppy masking. The fork crown race needs to be clear of coating for the race or bearing to fit properly.
These photos are classic examples of what you might experience when you choose a traditional powder coating company versus one that specializes in bicycles. We are bike mechanics. We know and understand the nuisances and intricacies of what should, and should not, be powder coated.
Damon, of Florence, AL, sent us an Ibis Hakkalugi (pronounced "hock a loogie") to be refinished. He purchased the bike, painted bright yellow, at auction. He sent it to a local powder coating shop for a fresh coating in a different color. The results were less than satisfactory, enough so that the company didn't charge him for the work they had done. He sent it to us to be redone. The color that he was after was a matte Navy Blue.
The S&S Coupler collars were removed and the bike was stripped of the recent coating, media blasted, and recoated with Navy Blue and a top coat of Casper Clear. The Ibis company has a novel rear cable housing stop called the "hand job" which turned out to be made of brass. We polished it out and coated it with gloss clear to to preserve the luster. Damon now has a pretty snazzy ride for cyclocross races.
"Hey Groody Bros.,
The frame arrived and it is perfect! You have officially won all future powder business from me and I’ll be singing your praises to anyone that will listen and even those that won’t. The local bike shop said they’ve been looking for someone to send people to as well so I’ll give them some of your cards. When I get ready to buy that 1978 bike I’ll reach out to you and probably just ship it directly to you.
Thanks again for your excellent work and for going above and beyond."