Mum's just moved to the city, and is hoping to ride her bike rather than drive her car. Her bike was banished to a damp shed for 15 years and isn't in very good nick, but she really likes it. It's rusty, needs new tyres, chain, cables and seat, but other than that it seems to be ok. The chromed bits are quite tarnished...
As a pressie, I was thinking I'd get it resprayed for her - any recommendations for where to get it done? She mentioned that she'd like to have the logos and stuff on it still - so they'd need to be (re)produced somehow. The bike's a 3-speed Crescent bike from 1980s Sweden...it's a quite awful turquoise at the moment...shiny red would be great! :)
I don't know about spray painters who do bicycles, but I recently got a bike powder coated by Central Powder Coaters
(33 Kent Rd Keswick SA 5035 (08) 8351 1133) for my daughter - they came recommended to me by a friend who has had several bikes frames done by them, and when I was there they had about 6 frames awaiting collection - so I guess they have some experience in this area! Frame and forks was $50 including sand blasting - got it done in flame red and it came out really nice - http://www.flickr.com/photos/eternitycycling/4011969723/in/set-7215...
Don't know what you could do about reproducing the decals - all I could recommend is that you search for them on the internet and try to get them reproduced (somehow!)
Yes, what a price!! I just sprayed 2 coats of dulux on a bike (1 can) and just bought another can which might just cover it -- the cans are $13 each and it's really hard to do evenly and I have to wait for a still night when there is no wind and then time gets away from me so $50 sounds unreal - - then there is the sanding which I bought a cheapish sander for. I was going to do a coat tonight but now I think bugger it..
As for decals you are right. I would like to do my old Ricardo but something unique to it would be missing. There is a seller on eBay in the US that sells decals - you could turn it into a Colnago!!
The other thing you could do would be to create an interesting stencil and get some model enamel and paint it on.
For the decals you might try contacting a sign writer. I know when a decal was falling off my car my brother in law who was a sign writer at the time offered to replace it. I think with computers and vinyl cutting machines they can do a lot. As long as they can see what they have to recreate beforehand they can do it.
Hey are you chaps still happy with the sandblasting/powdercoating you got done at CPC? I just picked up a hard rubbish frame and pulled all the non-frame bits of fit last night. So looking for a place to get it pimped up with some new paint, and $50 sounds like its too good to be true...
I just had a look at your pix... This pic shows the bottom bracket and what you were saying about the coat being a bit thin. This would be because the powder coat works on static electricity and the powder would have been drawn to the chain stays in the 'V'. I would bet that the coat is thicker in there than it is in other places.