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Powder coat frame - being ripped off

otherselfotherself Posts: 32
edited October 2008 in Workshop
I need to get my trusty steel Olmo steed (no fork) a new single colour coat and don't want to spend a fortune. Just one coat, no sandblasting which I stated on the phone.

Six quotes by phone came back as: £110! most expensive and £65 cheapest; the other two were both £70. The remaining two shops didn't do cycle frames. My city, in the Midlands is quite industrial with high work loads for these kind of spraying industries I would've thought. Would that have anything to do with it? Why so much? Taking full advantage of people restoring steel frames due to the fixie boom? Leg pulling? Whats a reasonable price? I read them being done for as low as £20. I thought £40 would be reasonable, over £60 seems steep considering a pro frame shop like Mercian or Ellis Briggs do a more superlative finish for £75 or so.
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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    My guess is that they arent really used to doing this for a bike frame. If they did it all the time, then it would be cheaper - hence the better value of the proper bike resprayers ?

    Have you negotiated over the phone ?
  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    otherself wrote:
    Taking full advantage of people restoring steel frames due to the fixie boom?

    boom? ...not spotted that yet where I live..... 8)

    I've not looked into it much but I'd expect to pay at least £50 for a decent paint job. I seem to recall F&F being done for about £70ish so that would be a ballpark, as our friends across the pond would say.
    Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to prove anything that's remotely true! - Homer
  • W5454W5454 Posts: 133
    I had my frame powder coated for £25 in January.Some of the detail was a bit iffy,e.g. where stays meet the seat tube,but the sprayer usually does metal gates etc.In other words,not a cycle specialist.Having said that I've used the bike in all weathers and it cleans up well.Cheap and cheerful and ready the next day.8/10.
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