Repainting my bicycle frame

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  1. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    Another new ebike, my fourth. Love the bike, do not like the color or the graphics. I'd like the frame color to be much more muted, like a sand color, and the graphics gone. The graphics look to be beneath a generous layer of clear.
    Bodywork is not my area of expertise; what's my next move?
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  2. MiniBike

    MiniBike Still here...

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    Maybe a wrap instead of paint?
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  3. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Hockey tape the fucker.. hundreds of colours. Probably need a few roles at a few bucks each.
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  4. JimVonBaden

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    Paint it black! I paint everything black, so they say!
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  5. villageidiot

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    I’m usually a strip it apart, send it to be powder coated/cerakoted
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  6. MrBob

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    So, you're recommending the Newfie method?
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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Never heard the newfie method before. How's that done?

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  8. MrBob

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    Hockey tape all over the fucker.
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  9. fitzPA

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    I stripped mine and had it sand-blasted-> powder coated; $110; tough paint and has lasted well
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    ^this^

    had it done to our tandem and my bridgestone rbt and got exactly what I wanted. the tear down / rebuild helped me become more familiar with each bike.
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  11. Spam16v

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    Do not media blast it, chemical strip and powder. If you take it to a powder coater already stripped and clean, it’s usually cheaper (it definitely is with me when I coat people’s stuff). So time with a paint brush and liquid stripper is time well $pent.
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  12. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    I don’t mind stripping it, though an ebike might present some challenges. I used to strip furniture, so I got that down.
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  13. SafetyThird

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    As a painter I'd vote powder coat. Frames take a lot more paint than one would expect.
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  14. MrBob

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    Powder coat would look the best, I think. Would heat from the process cause any problems with the aluminum frame?
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  15. fitzPA

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    Would heat from the process cause any problems with the aluminum frame?

    not in my case; I had a Rock Hopper frame powder coated - worked out great
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  16. Toyanvil

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    I blasted and powder coated mine, I also welded on guides for hydraulic brake lines.
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    This was stock
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  17. Spam16v

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    The 350-400 from coating won’t hurt it. Any welding on it & you should get it re-heat treated afterwards.
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  18. MrBob

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    Tiger?
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  19. SafetyThird

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    No, it won't get hot enough to matter.

    That's my opinion as a mechanical engineer.
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