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    Default Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    I remember some posts a while back about rust forming under clear powder coat, but was curious about what it looked like. Anyone have some pictures lying around?

    Basically, I'm making a lugged frame that I think would look nice clear coated and built up with lots of shiny silver. I don't mind if it starts to look tarnished (might actually be cool), but would like to know what I'm getting myself into.

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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    Here ya go...

    This an about any other fabrication/finish related question buried in years worth of posts, feel free to wander around.

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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    Awesome! Thanks!

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    I am usually a hater when it comes to raw finishes, but I liked the idea of gun blue under powder. Spent some time researching it, and it looks like work so I gave up on the idea.
    Machinist at work suggested using the old Pennsylvania trick of peeing on it. Apparently the old timers do that to firearms that get scratched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rody View Post
    Here ya go...

    This an about any other fabrication/finish related question buried in years worth of posts, feel free to wander around.

    Groovy Cycleworks 330-988-0537: Raw finishes and a seasons worth of racing...

    rody
    Rody,
    I really enjoy reading your posts like this, both here and on your blog. It's a great resource to have. It seems that you've explored so many angles with all types of metal frames and it's awesome that you openly share so much of it.

    I'm curious... Is there a clear Cerakote that would work for a raw look on a steel frame?
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    I feel pretty strongly against powdering clear over raw, whether stainless or steel. I cleared over some stainless on my own CX bike to see what would happen. Know what happened? It's a CX bike. It got scratched, crashed, beat up. Covered in mud, snow, sweat, crap, etc. All those scratches formed some mild rust, regardless of the fact that it's stainless. For steel, I wouldn't do it all, unless for demonstration purposes. I don't do it for stainless either, and I only did it on mine "just because." It was fun to watch the process unfold under the clear coat. I figure if you want to go raw on your own peronsal bike, then just go raw. Rub that thing down with some oil/wax/whatever and enjoy the work that goes into maintaining it.
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    Brompton describes their Lacquer finish here:

    https://brompton.zendesk.com/entries...acquer-finish-

    In the fourth paragraph they describe a phospher coating before the clear goes on. Which it seems is actually Clear Powder Coat. I would look around at some Brompton forums to see how their holding up.


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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    Quote Originally Posted by JimFrain View Post
    Brompton describes their Lacquer finish here:

    https://brompton.zendesk.com/entries...acquer-finish-

    In the fourth paragraph they describe a phospher coating before the clear goes on. Which it seems is actually Clear Powder Coat. I would look around at some Brompton forums to see how their holding up.


    -J
    Brompton has actually changed the way they do powder-coating for the "Raw" frames.
    The very first ones, were actually transparent and you could see everything trough, in fact the blue hue from the HAZ was pretty evident. But wasn't very resistant, so it was replaced with a sort of transparent/opaque primer and a clear coat after. It is still a "see trough" but with a degree of opacity.
    It works well, and stays there for years. Keep in mind that Brompton are very often thrashed to the ground by their users: those bikes works so well, that is not a rare sight of one having had the tyres pumped as the only maintenance done in the last 12 months...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow View Post
    Rody,

    I'm curious... Is there a clear Cerakote that would work for a raw look on a steel frame?
    Roger at Shawnee Trail Performance Coatings claims to have the prep figured out for clear Cerakote over raw steel. I have not taken him up on the option, though.
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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    There is a clear Cerakote, however, it is of different composition than the ceramic normally used. I will typically use the ceramic that is heat cured or baked, the clear is an air cure product.

    NIC is adament that if you desire proper adhesion, the base must be blasted and chemically cleaned before application.

    I have played with numerous prep processes to use the clear over raw bases and one of two things occur; you lose the natural heat radiation and coloring of the raw material or the ceramic eventually begins to delaminate.

    End result for me...I will not use the product as a clear over bare metal to achieve an aesthetic...just not worth the compromise of durability.
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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    The guy that made my frame (I've mentioned before, but I won't mess with names here since he's currently not making frames anymore) did clear over an oxidized patina. Not sure of his process, but I've done some cor-ten sculpture that I spritzed with muratic acid to speed up the ox process in order to meet a presentation deadline and this looks very similar. Despite my fondness for it, a proper strip and powder is on order during next winter down time. I trust Rody & Garro.


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    Rust is what you'll get in the end. I've seen a few clear coated steel frames, all of which have rust forming in no time at all. I love the idea, and have been asking around about it for years. The consensus is don't. Almost did the bluing process until I asked Ezra Caldwell about the one he did. PITA was his answer.
    Thought about copper? Garro built the fork a few years ago and sent it raw to NZ where I then had it plated. It's held up beautifully, and only requires normal cleaning with rag. I don't even use soap.
    The frame is pretty new, and was a luminous mismatch to the older fork for about a week. Now they look the same.
    Rustproof inside and out by nature of the plating process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattonero View Post
    Brompton has actually changed the way they do powder-coating for the "Raw" frames.
    The very first ones, were actually transparent and you could see everything trough, in fact the blue hue from the HAZ was pretty evident. But wasn't very resistant, so it was replaced with a sort of transparent/opaque primer and a clear coat after. It is still a "see trough" but with a degree of opacity.
    It works well, and stays there for years. Keep in mind that Brompton are very often thrashed to the ground by their users: those bikes works so well, that is not a rare sight of one having had the tyres pumped as the only maintenance done in the last 12 months...


    Hey Andrea,
    I bought my brompton from you last year at Condor. I ride it almost every day, and the only service I've done so far is pump the tires.....
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    I did a clear ceramikote with Roger over raw steel and it didn't work out, rusted in a few months, had to blast it off and start over. May have been technical difficulties, and he has some new series clearcoats that might do better. Just my few pennies here saying...
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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    Alrighty, parktool blue with sparkles it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimFrain View Post
    Hey Andrea,
    I bought my brompton from you last year at Condor. I ride it almost every day, and the only service I've done so far is pump the tires.....
    Nice!

    But I suppose you take care of it, do you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexPat View Post
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    Thought about copper? Garro built the fork a few years ago and sent it raw to NZ where I then had it plated.
    image.jpg
    Mike could I ask where you got it plated in NZ. I'm currently refreshing an old bike (with some help from Wheelworks in NZ on the hoops front) and have been looking at getting it re-painted...

    I've always wanted a copper bike as love the patina they develop
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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

    These dudes:
    Zinc and Chrome

    The patina you mention, if in the classical sense of the word, a gloriously organic crystalline green verdigris, requires complete disregard for cleanliness. You'd need to leave the bike outside for weeks for that to happen.
    The finish turns from blinding to softer tones in a week or so, and with normal care remains in this state.
    I noticed that after a few consecutive days of rain over the winter here, when washing the bike seems particularly pointless, some green would form around the cable guides on the top tube.
    Nevertheless, I'm reminded of the chemical processes at work between the copper and the elements every time I wipe the frame with a cloth, which always shows a green tinge afterward.
    I love it.
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    Mike - sorry for the slow reply to say many thanks for the recommendation and starting me down this copper road.

    As I am doing this all at a bit of a distance I got in touch with Noah at Velocolour and asked if he could assist. He is excited to give it a go and has some ideas on how to really use that patina graphically. I am more than excited.

    I just love the colour of copper so can't wait.
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    Default Re: Clear Powder Coat Over Raw Steel

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    The owner here had a clear over raw done on his commuting bike, he rides in most every day, I haven't seen any rust on that in the 6 months use he's put it through.

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