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They're not clear-coated, are they? Doesn't look like it, but then again, I know nothing about paints.
 
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Re: Are superbike frames just painted or are they powdercoated from the factory? (No. 467)

Painted, not clear-coated
 
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Re: Are superbike frames just painted or are they powdercoate ... (Buckelew)

Is powdercoating primarily just for wheels?
 
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Re: Are superbike frames just painted or are they powdercoate ... (No. 467)

no reason your frame couldn't be powdercoated. it's metal and won't be effected by the short exposure to the heat required for powder to flow out and cure. it's done commonly.
 
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Powder is not any stronger than paint, and you will never get (even after clear powder over the color) the quality of shine that you can get with paint. Also if powder chips, you cannot touch it up, it has to be re-done. I prefer paint, it is not as brittle and can take rock hits (usually) better than powder can. Main reason people powder stuff is because it is alot cheaper than paint.
 
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Re: Are superbike frames just painted or are they powdercoate ... (s4strati)

I think one reason why tube frames aren't sent through powdercoat ovens is that welding during fabrication (always) sets-up stresses that will often cause them to warp at these temperatures.
 
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Re: (Judge)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Judge »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Powder is not any stronger than paint, and you will never get (even after clear powder over the color) the quality of shine that you can get with paint. Also if powder chips, you cannot touch it up, it has to be re-done. I prefer paint, it is not as brittle and can take rock hits (usually) better than powder can. Main reason people powder stuff is because it is alot cheaper than paint. </TD></TR></TABLE>

not sure if this is entirely accurate.

Also, never seen an issue with heat and powder warping a frame...and the "no shine" issue is false as well





here's a tidbit from an article i read on the DIY website: A "powder coat" finish is actually stronger than paint and is impervious to things such as brake fluid and battery acid
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">not sure if this is entirely accurate.

Also, never seen an issue with heat and powder warping a frame...and the "no shine" issue is false as well

here's a tidbit from an article i read on the DIY website: A "powder coat" finish is actually stronger than paint and is impervious to things such as brake fluid and battery acid</TD></TR></TABLE>

I agree, powder coating is very comonly used on bicycles <U>because</U> it is stronger and more resistant to chipping and scratching. I think a good paint job is able to give more depth of color and certainly gives more finish selection, but powdercoating is a very good option. Especially for something like a frame or wheels.
 
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Me three.
Powder coating will look as good if not better than paint on most of the surfaces that its used on.
Its also way tougher than paint. Lastly, I dont know of any frame, not even aluminum, that will warp at 350-400f. Especially for only 20 minutes!
 
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>>>>>Powder is not any stronger than paint, and you will never get (even after clear powder over the color) the quality of shine that you can get with paint. Also if powder chips, you cannot touch it up, it has to be re-done. I prefer paint, it is not as brittle and can take rock hits (usually) better than powder can. Main reason people powder stuff is because it is alot cheaper than paint. <<<<<<

Put down the crack pipe and walk away <gg>.

Powder is a hell of a lot harder than paint. I've sandbkasted enough frames and wheels to know the difference - and the paints used by bike makers can';t hold a candle to powders for strength and durability.

As far as shine and gloss goes, again you're way off. Maybe the powders of 10 years ago didn;t shine, but I've applied some chrome powders that are as shiny as a mirror. the translucent colors that overlay the chromes really shine and are available in a rainbow of colors.

Powdercoating can also be wetsanded and polished just like paints are, and the shine that that process produces is nothoing short of amazing.

Eric
 
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