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My wife's bike needs a new paint job so we are looking for someplace to get it powder coated. My shop recommends Spectrum Powder Works in Colorado Springs, but we are concerned about cost, including shipping, and potential damage during shipment.

A quick google search reveals several powder coaters in the immediate Madison area, including All-Color Powder Coating in Oregon, Noble Works in Stoughton, Spectrum Powdercoating in Mt. Horeb and Spectrum Coating LLC in Milton (don't know why the name "Spectrum" is so popular, but they do not appear to be related).

Does anyone have any information on these places or anyplace else within driving distance? We are looking for a hard high-quality purple paint job at a reasonable price.
 

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Not sure how far you want to drive, but I've had quite a few car parts done at Prism Powder Coating LLC in Greenville. Its right in the Appleton area by the Fox River Mall, and the Airport. He does a good job and his turnaround time was pretty quick back then. I dont know how busy they are now and what not. Prices were pretty good too, he even did a couple freebies for me......
http://www.prismpwdrcoating.com/
 

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There's a motorcycle shop called Slaughter motorsports, over near stoughton road. I had contacted them about having a frame/fork PC'd, and they were willing to look at it. I haven't made it over there yet, but it seemed like a solid lead. I think they were estimating around a 1 week turn around, possibly quicker if a stock color was used.

I'm going to follow up with them in the near future, I have a tandem that is going to need paint after I have some frame work done..

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TRIUMPH KID said:
Spence Industries in Green Bay also does fine work.
Definitely, they seemed to be really knowledgeable about doing bike work... I had a FS frame done, which is trickier... turned out awesome.
 

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We went with Noble Powderworks in Stoughton. Only $50 for a single coat, we opted to pay an additional $25 for a clear coat as well. My shop is a little skeptical about someone doing such work so cheap, but I figure, at that price, it can't be too wrong. I'll post a pic when we get the bike back.

http://nobleworkspowdercoat.com/
 

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Just wanted to follow up:

So far the results from Noble Works look pretty good, especially for the price! With two caveats:

1) The paint color is nothing like what we expected. We got to choose any color we wanted from his supplier's website. However, when someone has an object that has been powder coated a certain color, then you take a picture of it, then upload that to a computer, then upload that to the web, then view that on a monitor someplace else... there is a lot of room for the color to shift, and this is what happened. My wife was hoping for a bright purple with sparkles, she got a dark plum with sparkles. Still, she's pretty happy, mostly just because she likes sparkles.

2) Overall, the quality of the work was great, however there is one small spot above the brake boss that is a bit wrinkly. Fortunately it is a place where it won't ever be noticed.

We will have to wait til our upcoming trip to AZ to check the durability of the paint job. But overall, I would say that if you're in southern WI Noble Works is worth a try. Starting at $50 for good quality work, makes it a great value. However, if you're really picky about the color, you'll want to go someplace where you can see a physical sample ahead of time. I will definitely be going back to Noble Works to get a couple frames painted in the next year or two.
 

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Thanks for the report, sounds like a decent paint job at a great price. How did they do on protecting threads and such?

Thanks.

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FishMan473 said:
Just wanted to follow up:

So far the results from Noble Works look pretty good, especially for the price! With two caveats:

1) The paint color is nothing like what we expected. We got to choose any color we wanted from his supplier's website. However, when someone has an object that has been powder coated a certain color, then you take a picture of it, then upload that to a computer, then upload that to the web, then view that on a monitor someplace else... there is a lot of room for the color to shift, and this is what happened. My wife was hoping for a bright purple with sparkles, she got a dark plum with sparkles. Still, she's pretty happy, mostly just because she likes sparkles.

2) Overall, the quality of the work was great, however there is one small spot above the brake boss that is a bit wrinkly. Fortunately it is a place where it won't ever be noticed.

We will have to wait til our upcoming trip to AZ to check the durability of the paint job. But overall, I would say that if you're in southern WI Noble Works is worth a try. Starting at $50 for good quality work, makes it a great value. However, if you're really picky about the color, you'll want to go someplace where you can see a physical sample ahead of time. I will definitely be going back to Noble Works to get a couple frames painted in the next year or two.
 

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Oh yeah, I pointed out to him the areas needed protection, head tube, bb, brake bosses, etc. he did a pretty good job with masking these off. I am going to need to bring the frame to a shop to have them face the head tube and BB since a little paint from the outer frame found its way onto these surfaces, which have to be very precise for proper headset and BB function, but I was planning on doing this anyway. No paint got on the BB threads themselves. He did a very good job of taping up the brake (v-brake) bosses, they are even better than new. He even went as far as to protect the threads in the bottle cage holes and I think he did the same in the derailleur drop-out threads. I went ahead and tapped/chased these again anyway.
 

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Did they strip it for you as well, or was the paint already off..

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FishMan473 said:
Oh yeah, I pointed out to him the areas needed protection, head tube, bb, brake bosses, etc. he did a pretty good job with masking these off. I am going to need to bring the frame to a shop to have them face the head tube and BB since a little paint from the outer frame found its way onto these surfaces, which have to be very precise for proper headset and BB function, but I was planning on doing this anyway. No paint got on the BB threads themselves. He did a very good job of taping up the brake (v-brake) bosses, they are even better than new. He even went as far as to protect the threads in the bottle cage holes and I think he did the same in the derailleur drop-out threads. I went ahead and tapped/chased these again anyway.
 

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Just curious what color you had selected, that sounds a lot like the color I went with on my gf's bike... it was called "purple mist metallic". The metallics seem to have a transparent quality to them that really shows up well in bright direct sunlight, though i'm sure you already know this by now , seeing as this post is almost 4 months old!
 

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Another recommendation for Noble Powder Works, he did a tandem frame and fork for me, turned out great, 1 week turnaround. Including stripping, great pricing.

I went with a gloss white, so no color surprises here. I have another frame that'll likely get done later this fall and maybe another project frame in the basement..

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