Bored with the color of your bike? Let someone skilled in bicycle painting refinish it !
"Bicycle painting brought new life to my old bike."
Bicycle painting was not on my radar until about 7 years ago. My wife and I bought a tandem and we didn't really think too much about the color of the bike. When the manufacturer asked us what color we wanted, we just chose something, I would call it Champagne. I had driven a car for a while that was this color and it looked really good on the car. When applied to a bicycle however, the effect was not the same.
After having the bike for a few years, we decided we wanted to upgrade some components. At this point the discussion about the color of the bike came up. So, anyway, we talked about this and decided while the bike was back at the manufacturer's plant we would have them re-finish it.
You are probably at this point now, or why would you be looking for bicycle painting?
I don't want to burst your bubble her but unless you are very patient and diligent have a professional do it. A can of spray paint and 10 minutes of sanding is not going to give you results that you will be proud of.
There is quite a bit
involved in getting a bike to look just right and the price that a
professional shop charges is well worth their know how.
Still if you are really determined, here are the steps of bicycle painting. Follow these closely if you want to have a good finish your
Doing it yourself
The biggest thing to remember is that if you are going to paint the bike frame yourself, taking time and following through with the small details is where your paint job will show as being done well.
If you can't do this, leave it to the professionals. Many years ago I was into painting cars. I did several of my own, some more than once plus did several for friends of mine. I had a nice paint shop to work in because my family had a workshop for our fleet of rolling stock for our cement company. These trucks needed to be painted our touched up constantly. The guys in the paint shop there taught me a great deal. This carries over to what I am sharing here with bicycles. Painting a car or painting a bike, you have to do the little things well for the big job to look good.
To quote the guys from Velocolour
in Toronto "Painting
a frame is pretty simple. All it takes is skill, knowledge, patience,
the right equipment (like a stripping tank, a large sandblast cabinet,
multiple HVLP spray guns, a good spray booth, a drying "oven"). And did
we mention patience, a lot of patience?"
Powder Coating - Let their photos show the results!
If you want a traditional paint job instead of a powder coat job you have to be sure you pick the right shop to do your bicycle painting. When we had our tandem repainted, I used the manufacturer. It was convenient to have the parts put on and the color changed right there. They did an amazing job and I'll recommend them below.
Calfee Design - These guys fixed my TT frame and offer some really nice refinishing options. Take a look at their site. 1st rate work.
Painting - Check out these guys for a quality paint job.
Look through their portfolio for examples of what they have
Davinci Design - These guys repainted our tandem with a great color changing paint job. I can't attest to them doing other brands of tandems but I can't see how it could hurt to contact them and see if they will handle your bicycle painting for you on either your tandem or single bike.
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