Once the frame is cleaned it goes off for paint. We use 2 pac wet paint on all of our framesets as it gives a lovely deep finish that can’t easily be achieved with powder coating. By using wet paint we can also offer multi colour paint jobs as well as paint on graphics. The wet paint process is as follows:
- Firstly an acid etch primer is applied. This helps the paint to adhere to the metal as well as helping to protect the frame from oxidization if it chips.
- The first paint colour is applied to the frame.
- If the frame is having a multi colour paint job then masking is applied and the additional colours are sprayed on.
- Once the frame has been painted then any decals are carefully applied. Often our paint finishes are a mix of painted on logos and colour-matched decals.
- A clear coat/lacquer is then applied which adds durability and gives a glossy finish.
- Finally the frame is heated up to help speed up the curing process.
- For the first 6 weeks the frame is still curing so it take that time for the paint to fully harden.
- We supply touch up paint with our frames that should be applied to any chips.
- We also advise you to protect the frame by every so often applying a liquid or paste wax. This helps to stop scuffs but also means that mud and grime slides off much easier when cleaning your bike.