i assume some of you, after building your bikes, take it a step further and pretty-up your light-weight masterpieces with a nice paint job. so i started writing this post, to ask if anybody here could recommend a carbon bike paint shop in the uk.
i'm in the process of buying a carbon road bike frame from china. i also ordered a custom paint job done for the frame, from the same supplier.
because their lead time is so frickin long, i started thinking: why don't i just buy a raw carbon frame from them, and have my paint job done here in the uk where i live. so, instead of cancelling the paint job option with my chinese guy right away, i figured it'd be smarter to first make sure i could even find a paint shop in the uk that would|could do the design i want.
this is a list of the the shops i've dug up so far (a few i've contacted & ruled out already):
while they all do ok paint jobs, from what i can see in their galleries|portfolios, none of them blew me away. i'm not into air-brush paint jobs on road bikes. sorry.
i became so frustrated by the dearth of carbon bike frame painters in the uk, i simply resigned myself to the long wait i would have to endure from my chinese guy. with that, i started to see it from this logical point of view: if the chinese frame suppliers' paint work can nail the colors and designs and decals of pinarello, cervelo and all the rest, then surely they will nail my custom design too! hopefully, it will be worth the wait.
and when i eventually read AreaMZ's post on the topic of frame painting
, that cinched my decision to stick with my chinese guy.
nevertheless, if anybody here could share with me pictures of their carbon road bike frame, custom painted by a uk bicycle paint shop, i could still be convinced to "buy british".
i gotta give my decision to my frame supplier in two days (jan 14, 2013). so please reply soon, if you can.
thanks in advance for your replies (especially if you're sharing custom paint job photos).