Powder coating is nowhere near 400C... we bake our welded aluminium frames (not of the bike variety admittedly, but structural none0the-less) at 190C for 20mintues, and are starting to experiment with powders at temps as low as 150C
G - you seem to know this stuff - what's you thoughts on the visibility of the butting through the powder coating? Good pic of it here on the down tube.
I'd hardly say that.... and I’ve never powdercoated a Pace so no direct experience in that regard. Was just correcting the temperature misnomer:LOL:
However, I do know that without specific instruction or existing skills / experience of bike frames, many of the more "industrial" types of powdercoaters will be of the "just slap it on nice and thick, coz thats what we always do" technique, which wont lend itslef to retaining all that butting detail.
So, I would say either:
- polish and/or anodize as mentioned, or
- go with one of the recommended co's in the paint/powdercoat thread, or
- go for paint only