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Bicycles Paint Pricing
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Steel and Aluminum

Painting is only done in the warmer months

What's involved in painting a frame
(a lot of time)

 

When I receive a frame, the first thing I do is  look the frame over for any obvious problems.

Then the frame is chemically stripped, washed and the chemicals are neutralized. And then inspected one more time for surface imperfections such as nicks, dents, scratches, etc.  If your using the Two Stage System  they are repaired at not charge along with a frame alignment. The One Stage System does not cover these repairs. The frame is then sanded down to remove any paint residue, tarnish, rust or corrosion. I do not use any sand blasting equipment.  

Now the frame is prepped for primer with an acid etched, which removes grease and oils from the metal. The first coat is a epoxy chromate primer. This coat seals the base metal from air born contaminates and provide a bonding surface for the filler coat. When dry it is lightly scuffed out, wiped clean, taped to seal the holes  and the first 2 coats of primer/filler are applied. The tape is  delicately cut and a special tool is used to lay down the tape properly.

From now on the paint is sanded between each coat.

The primer/filler coat is designed to fill in very small imperfections and provides a base for the top coats. When this is dry the whole frame is carefully sanded smooth with 320 grit dry sandpaper and cleaned. The frame is then blown off with dry air and sprayed with a special radioactive static eliminator  to greatly reduce dust  caused by small airborne debris.

 It is now ready for top coating.

The top coat paint is thoroughly mixed and allow to sit for approximately 1 hour. This amount of time is need to start the chemical reaction of the paint. After each top coat the paint is allowed to dry for 24 hours, wet sanded using progressively fine paper and cleaned, starting at a 320 grit. Top coats start at a 4 parts paint to 2 parts activator to 1 part reducer mix and progressively reduced to a 1 to 1 to 1 mix.  I run my spray guns at approximately 45psi. This is to provide a better atomization of the paint as it leaves the gun. After sitting overnight, the masking tape is carefully removed and the transition areas are blended to remove any excess paint build up .

Continuing with a Stage Two Paint

Decals are now applied and the first coat of clear is painted. The clear coat is applied the same way as the top coats.  To get as good a gloss as possible, the last wet sanding is done with 1000 grit sand paper. If all looks good, the tape is pulled off the shift bosses and from inside the head tube. I let it sit for for a few days to flash off the paint, before giving it a buffing job.

Well, there you have it. It's not easy or fast, but it's nice to do something for a living that people like to look at, can appreciate for many years, makes them want to ride their bike, and with a little luck will lead to many happy memories.

The whole process from start to finish takes about 2 months.

 
 
Steel: Single Stage Paint System
 
  1. A general frame inspection for any oblivious problems.
  2. The frame is chemically stripped to the base metal.
  3. Frame is inspected one more time.
  4. At this time any metal work is performed.
  5. Then the frame is cleaned with metal conditioner (an acid cleaner).
  6. Next a self etching primer is applied to the frame.
  7. Primer/Filler is applied next which becomes the real foundation for the paint. 
  8. Wet sanding then brings out that glass like surface, for color application.
  9. The frame is then re-primed as needed to cover any frame work.
  10. A two part enamel is now applied, wet sanded between each coat. A total of 3 coats.
Steel: Two Stage Paint System
 
  1. A general frame inspection for any oblivious problems.
  2. The frame is chemically stripped to the base metal.
  3. Next the frame is checked on an alignment table.
  4. Frame is inspected one more time. All dents, scratches, imperfections are corrected. (no bond)
  5. At this time any metal work is performed.
  6. Then the frame is cleaned with metal conditioner (an acid cleaner).
  7. Next a self etching primer is applied to the frame.
  8. Primer/Filler is applied next which becomes the real foundation for the paint. 
  9. Wet sanding then brings out that glass like surface, for color application.
  10. The frame is then re-primed as needed to cover any frame work.
  11. A two part enamel is now applied, wet sanded between each coat.
  12. 4-6 coats are applied with wet sand between each coat. Sand paper starts at 320 to 600.
  13. After the base paint work is completed decals are applied.
  14. Several clear coats are applied and wet sanded between each coat.
  15. Frame is then buffed out.
  16. Finally a rust inhibitor coating is applied to the inside of the tubes
Aluminum: Single Stage paint System
 
  1. A general frame inspection for any oblivious problems.
  2. The frame is stripped to the base metal using chemical strippers.
  3. Then the frame is cleaned with  metal cleaner. 
  4. Next  a self etching primer is applied to the frame.
  5. Primer/filler is applied next which becomes the real foundation for the paint.
  6. Wet sanding then brings out that glass like surface, for color application.
  7. The frame is then repainted as needed to cover any frame work.
  8. A two part enamel is now applied, wet sanded between each coat. A total of 3 coats.
Aluminum: Two Stage Paint System
 
  1. A general frame inspection for any oblivious problems.
  2. The frame is stripped to the base metal using chemical strippers.
  3. Next the frame is checked on an alignment table.
  4. Frame is inspected one more time. All dents, scratches, imperfections are corrected.
  5. Then the frame is cleaned with  metal cleaner. 
  6. Next  a self etching primer is applied to the frame.
  7. Primer/filler is applied next which becomes the real foundation for the paint.
  8. Wet sanding then brings out that glass like surface, for color application
  9. The frame is then repainted as needed to cover any frame work.
  10. A two part enamel is now applied, wet sanded between each coat.
  11. 4-6 coats are applied with wet sand between each coat. Sand paper starts at 320 to 600.
  12. After the base paint work is completed decals are applied.
  13. Several clear coats are applied and wet sanded between each coat.
  14. Frame is then buffed out.
  15. Finally a corrosion inhibitor coating is applied to the inside of the tubes
 

 

 

 

Paint Stripping Only    
Chemically stripping the entire frame and fork 190.00  
Chemically stripping frame only 180.00  
Chemically  stripping fork 140.00  
     
Single Stage Paint System    
Frame and fork 335.00 Plus paint
Frame only 310.00 Plus paint
Fork only 250.00 Plus paint
Tandem frame and fork 515.00 Plus paint
Tandem frame 415.00 Plus paint
Tandem fork 250.00 Plus paint
     
Two Stage Paint System    
Frame and fork 485.00 Plus paint
Frame only 360.00 Plus paint
Fork only 275.00 Plus paint
Tandem frame and fork 540.00 Plus paint
Tandem frame 520.00 Plus paint
Tandem fork 275.00 Plus paint
     
Additional options    
Fitting your decals Stage One $2.50ea  
Fitting your decals Stage Two FREE  
Fine Lines per frame $150.00  
Chrome   varies per shop rate
Metal Polishing Frame and Fork $535.00  
Frame Saver Internal Tubing Treatment. $75.00  
Each additional color paint $250.00  
High metallic, Candy colors and exotic finishes... $380.00  

Eagle One warrants all work to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for 12 months. Work determined to be defective, by us, will be repaired or refinished at our discretion. Shipping back to you will be at current UPS price.

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