Custom Paint FAQs
Before reading on, realize that custom paint is expensive, and takes a long time. If you needed your bike yesterday or need it for a tour next month.... just stick with a stock color.
Who paints the frames?
All our stock frames, i.e. not a custom, are painted by Rick at D&D Cycles in San Lorenzo, CA.
Here is a video of Rick @ D&D Cycles,
How much does custom paint cost?
Powder coating is the cheapest of all options at about $150 for a single color, frame & fork. No more clear-coats.
Wet paint looks the best and is more expensive. Wet paint prices below.
A single color frame & fork is $250.
A single color with cream head-tube and cream lug windows is $350 (see below).
If you want to go fancier, like lug lining and panelling around the decals (see below) then the price will be in the neighborhood of $450 to $750. Give us a call if you want a quote.
How do I choose the color?
There is a PDF of a DuPont Imron color chart through Joe Bell's website. To open the PDF, click on "Colors" a few bullet points down on Joe Bell's home-page. Thanks Joe!
You can also send us a paint sample if you have something more specific in mind.
If you're nearby, you can come by and look at our color charts.
Note: With computer monitors at different settings and a human eye trying to mix colors to match a sample, sometimes the color doesn't perfectly match. If it's not spot on it's usually very close.
How long does it take?
If we have the frame in stock, it should take 3-10 weeks to paint. The time-frame varies due to custom-order volume and the fact that our painter picks up and drops off once a month. Be prepared for a two (UPDATE: THREE MONTH) month delay on delivery. There are no rush repaints.
Powder coating takes 3-4 weeks.