Hull is a dump, but its not a complete loss. A few months ago I completely re-did my '99 Orange evO2 frame for a grand total of Â£40. This was originally a black and silver custom job from Orange and was quite a looker. Recently I'd noticed a couple of spots where the frame was oxidising under the powdercoat, resulting in bubbles which burst into white powder when you bothered them.
Not wanting the frame to die I had it media blasted. This took a few phone calls to arrange as nobody was willing to strip aluminium. I eventually had the work done for Â£10 + VAT in an anonymous looking factory unit somewhere in one of our mysterious industrial estates (you should have seen it in there - like an Aladdin's cave, old cars getting stripped and painted). More phone calls brought me to the attention of "Ben", the chirpy sales rep from a powder coater literally ten minutes down the road. Two days later, and it looks like this -
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Check out the chainstays too, while I was at it I removed the canti mounts and welded up the holes. The powdercoat cost me Â£15 + VAT - it looks gorgeous and the guys at the powdercoaters could not have been friendlier. The bike is a lot more complete now - Orange supplied decals for the downtube, a silver seat tube sticker and a new headtube badge (which cost me a tenner from an ace girl from sales called Rachel). The frame does not look like it has been re-done, even to me it looks factory finished.
This is the second bike I have powdercoated. I have already started on my next bike, which is a P7 from eBay (the red one that went for fifty quid, if anyone was watching). I have stripped the paint myself using harsh chemicals and this time I think I am going for a primered / lacquered spray job. I haven't started doing my homework on the costs just yet but I am not paying through the nose for it.
I've also got a Prestige to do but I daren't make a start on it yet, the paintjob is so pretty I am scared of ruining it - its a gunmetal colour with purple fades on the headtube, top of the seat tube and bottom bracket shell (I already have the decals bought though). I am sure I can get an immaculate one-colour finish done on the cheap but don't know where to start on a two-tone one. I'll post a picture of it if anyone cares.
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