Dirtbike frame powdercoating?

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7/21/2018 6:07 PM

Looking into the idea of getting my frame and possibly swingarm powdercoated black of some sort this winter when its too cold to ride and not really riding anyways.

I know the process of powdercoating but i dont have the time/space nor experience to do the job myself. So thats where you guys come in.

Who does motorcycle frame powdercoating and does a good job/knows what they are doing that wont break the bank?

A couple questions as well:
- How well does powdercoating hold up to abuse? (Decent wrecks, scrathes, general beating bikes take)
- Also say I get my frame/swingarm powdercoated, are there any special care requirments or is it dependent on what powders the powdercoater uses?

Thanks for any info!

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7/21/2018 7:48 PM

Powder will add weight to the frame. I’m not sure how much exactly, somewhere between 3 and 5 lbs. it will also rub off where you grip the frame with your boots, it’s just not durable enough to withstand the abuse from someone who really grips and locks the bike with their legs. Everywhere else, it holds up pretty good. Most people will put some type of frame guard to protect from boot wear.

It should cost about $250 for the frame alone. Any powder coating specialist will know to plug any thread inserts & tight tolerance fittings before spraying.

Use google to find someone local, there are at least a dozen in my area that powder coat auto wheels, street bike items, & commercial stuff, etc.

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7/21/2018 8:44 PM

Only tip i have is to get acerbis frame guards if you do it. Only finish durable enough is raw aluminum.

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7/21/2018 8:47 PM

kb228 wrote:

Only tip i have is to get acerbis frame guards if you do it. Only finish durable enough is raw aluminum.

Already planning on ordering some. This winter im putting black wheels blue hubs, pipe guard, bunch of blue bling and stiff on my bike for my winter build.

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7/21/2018 8:49 PM

pCp 252 wrote:

Powder will add weight to the frame. I’m not sure how much exactly, somewhere between 3 and 5 lbs. it will also rub off where you grip the frame with your boots, it’s just not durable enough to withstand the abuse from someone who really grips and locks the bike with their legs. Everywhere else, it holds up pretty good. Most people will put some type of frame guard to protect from boot wear.

It should cost about $250 for the frame alone. Any powder coating specialist will know to plug any thread inserts & tight tolerance fittings before spraying.

Use google to find someone local, there are at least a dozen in my area that powder coat auto wheels, street bike items, & commercial stuff, etc.

I mean i could care less about weight. Im not some pro nor clearing 75ft triples to notice a difference. If i want weight reduction ill lose some pounds off me lmfao... and what exactly do i ask about when contacting companies?

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7/22/2018 3:26 PM

Stopped by a pros house last week and they had just done the frame and swing arm. They were down to the swingarm installation and None of the bearings fit. Axle would not fit. Linkage bolts did not fit. Took hours of cutting with a Dremel to put the bike back together. Finished at 2am and sprinter had to leave at 6am to get to Spring Creek.

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7/23/2018 2:57 AM

lumpy790 wrote:

Stopped by a pros house last week and they had just done the frame and swing arm. They were down to the swingarm installation and None of the bearings fit. Axle would not fit. Linkage bolts did not fit. Took hours of cutting with a Dremel to put the bike back together. Finished at 2am and sprinter had to leave at 6am to get to Spring Creek.

This. You want to mask up your “accurate” surfaces so it doesnt get coated. 3M makes high temp masking tape specifically for this.

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7/24/2018 6:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/24/2018 6:22 AM

I prefer a epoxy paint like http://www.klasskote.com/re-model-crafting-epoxy-paint or a auto base/clear urethane.
The advantage as identified above is thinner layer less fitment issues,,,including ground that give running gremlins. It doesn't hide a crack beneath in the event one happens,,,can be applied at home...and it doesn't flake & bubble once a chip happens. Remember the lawnmower out back..once it starts bubbling and flaking the water keeps wicking behind and pushing more powder coating off. This Klass Kote is awesome, and doesn't lift even from the worst chemicals like Nitro.
If I need to eld a crack or tab...no problem..and spray a touch up after. Powder is ruined if you need to grind it off to repair anything and not a east way to cover up repair

Also...most powder jobs I saw are 'orange peel' surface finished....when I paint I get smooooth & glossy.
Powder is a monkey see monkey do $ expense in this hobby. My opinion..I'll epoxy.

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7/24/2018 9:41 AM

best stuff for protecting frames. It wears better than anything else we have tried -

Trik Tape

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7/24/2018 11:43 AM

I mentioned this in another powder coat thread, but it’s worth stating again. Make sure the guy doing the job doesn’t blast your VIN off the head tube. I’ve had two frames done by two different places. The first was my fault because I didn’t know better to mention it.

The second frame I was adamant to the guy to stay away from the VIN and he said yeah sure no problem. Went to pick up the completed frame and guess what.... VIN gone. Apparently the lady that did the job never got the message and the guy I spoke with didn’t write it on the work order.

So now I have two bikes with no VIN. Next time I’m going to paint myself. I’ll check out that klasscote mentioned earlier. I wish I knew about that high temp 3m tape!

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7/24/2018 8:29 PM

I know some guys here powder coated the swingarm aside from the frame.

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7/25/2018 5:45 PM


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3-5 lbs is not accurate for added frame weight. My recently coated KX 125 frame added 0.9lb. Kawasaki also has to be applied very thick as it does not lay that well. Black can be applied thinner. Powdered swing look good for 10 minutes, any kind of ruts and they get scuffed.

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

7/26/2018 11:51 AM

As mentioned, it won't add several pounds and get frame guards! I did hubs and swing arm white on an old YZ and it looked good but the swing arm was annoying after a while because it had scrapes in it from a crash and from getting rammed in a race.

Don't need to go to a "motorcycle frame powder coater" just go to a company who knows what they are doing with coatings.

That story above about having to dremel stuff is horrible, anyone worth a damn should be fine with masking/plugging all the necessary holes and surfaces that are critical.

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