Yes an old painted frame can be anodized. It needs to be chemically stripped of paint, closely checked to see if all the paint is removed from tight areas. Then hand polished, then ball burnised than dipped, then anodized. If anyone would like to do this we can give you the #'s to the SoCal vendors for each of these steps.
In most cases anyone that wants a color other than the 2 offered on the Flux, Spot and RFX or the polished Gold of the Nitrous will be painted over the ano, so we have to recoup some $ for the double finish. Our plan is to stock 75% of the bikes in the primary ano color that from historical data we know will sell the best. Like a black Spot or dark grey RFX, the remainder will be stocked in the optional colors, like blue for Spot, green for RFX and burnt orange for Flux. Yes the painting will be done Olympic Powder Coating, they use the same brands of powder and state of the art ovens that anyone in the industry uses. There will be 10 optional paint colors.
The anodizing that we are doing now will be done in SoCal. The Highline will be dipped and black ano for the secondary finish. That leaves a rough, mill finish under the black ano. It does have a bit of shine, this is for those that do not want the raw look and there is no paint option for the Highline. The Nitrous, Flux, Spot and RFX will be hand polished to smooth out the mill and production marks, then it will be ball burnished at another facility so that the whole surface has the same texture as the hand polishing cannot get into all the tighter spots with the buffing wheels, than it will be lightly cleaned and anodized. At this time it is the only way we can accurately anodize frames without risking large #'s of fall out.
SAPA does not do painting in house. We had frames painted in Oregon a couple years ago and we are still trying to live down the reputation of that lesser quality paint vendor.
SAPA does anodizing, but they do not have polishing, so we are doing the whole process in SoCal.
We will get pictures of the samples up very soon.