Tiny mirrors are added to paint to allow it to sparkle in silver. It is actually Aluminum flake of various sizes and shapes that create this famous metallic look. Metallics can be applied to almost any colour.
Similar in sparkle to metallics, pearls glisten in different hues i.e. Red, White, Green, Blue, Copper, Gold, or Violet. They can add sparkle to any similar colour or create a shimmering aura to a complimentary colour.
Imagine a red candy apple; can you see the apple's skin through the red "stuff"? Of course, the "stuff" is translucent. Now, put a metallic or pearl base coat with a translucent colour on top and you have the classic hot rod/chopper finish.
Much like pearls when viewed face on, Kameleon changes colour when the viewing angle is changed. From silver to green, bronze to purple, the effect is dramatic on a bicycle because the tubes reflect all the colours simultaneously and flow about the frame as it zips past you.
Because we mix all our own colours in-house, we can offer over 30,000 different colours!
We can mix any colour under the sun! This includes a variety of effects available such as candy colours, metallics, kameleon colours, flats, or pearls. Our in-house paint department prides itself on providing custom paint options limited only by your imagination.
Because of the huge range of colour options we offer it is important to specify, as clearly as possible, what colour (colours) you would like. We have a cross-reference system that allows us access to all
paint formulas used on any and all cars made.This means that if you can provide us with the make, model and year of any car, we can mix that paint colour exactly.This provides an easy way to pick a colour for your frame. Other options are to send us a colour swatch we can match to or look at our website for various colour ideas we have sprayed on our bikes. Generally speaking, simply describing a colour is not a good idea. Ie. Please paint my frame 'dark blue'. Because of the huge range of 'dark blues' this can often be a recipe for disappointment. So be specific!
Dekerf Cycle Innovations now offers complete frame and fork refurbishing, repairs and refinishing for all types of frames and forks. This includes all Steel, Aluminum, Titanium and Carbon Fiber frames from any manufacturer whether they are Road, Mountain hardtail, or Full Suspension. Beyond merely enhancing the aesthetic appeal, our refinishing process protects your bike from chips and scratches that lead to corrosion.
Removal of Previous Coatings:
Because we specialize in Bicycles we are careful to ensure that all frames are propperly prepared. The best process for removing old paint varies depending on the material the frame is made of. For this reason we have variety of paint removal methods. Our process for removal of previous coatings uses either our special organic paint softening tank (does not eat into metal) or our walnut shell blaster (suitable for Aluminum). Carbon fiber frames are entirely prepared by hand to preserve the surface integrity of the carbon. Either way, we clean your frame down the bare metal (or carbon) so that we have a perfect surface again to apply the new finish.
Why does Dekerf choose the 'Wet Coat' process instead of 'Powder Coating'?
This is one of the most common questions we are asked about paint. Many of the larger manufactures choose to powder coat their frames instead of wet coating. The main reason for this is cost. Powder coating is cheaper to do and requires less skill to apply. Powder coating is also very chip resistant because it is very flexible. There are also many disadvantages to powder coatings. Firstly, powder coated frames do not have any primer applied. This is important to have because modern epoxy primers not only adhere extremely well to the bare frame, but they also have built-in corrosion inhibitors which will protect your frame in the long term from rust. Because there is no primer under a powder coat, if you chip or scratch through the powder, your frame will begin to corrode under the coating. This corrosion eats into the metal and destroys the frame over time. Secondly, although powder coating is very flexible at first, over time (2 to 3 years) the coating becomes less and less flexible and will begin to loose it chip resistance. For people who are interested in a longer lasting finish, wet coating offer superior durability in the long run. Lastly, powder coating is not well suited for bright vibrant colours or custom work. The powder coating process is primarily used for industrial type finishes like lawn furniture.
It is not designed as a beautiful, high end, vibrant finish. The colour selection in powder coats is much more limited than in wet paint. Because wet paint is also applied much more thinly, it lends itself much better to doing custom work such as flames, masking, or stenciling. The bottom line is that although a wet coat finish may be more expensive, when properly applied, it provides the best and most durable finish in the long term. You also get a much more professional looking finish that is flatter, shinier, and with the most options for colours and customization.
The Dekerf Paint Process:
After removal of the old paint we firstly surface etch the frame by hand with a special chemical specifically designed to prepare and clean the surface of the metal. The process provides a microscopic etch into the surface so the primer will have a mechanical bond to the surface. We then apply a special aircraft epoxy primer that has super adhesion. This primer surface will not only provide a perfect surface for the colour to the applied to, but also has built-in corrosion protectors should your frame get scratch to the metal. This will help prevent the frame from corroding under the paint for years to come. After that, the colour (or colours) is applied.
Once the colour coating is applied, we then clear coat the frame using high solids clear coat with UV protection. On frames with custom finishes such as flames or masking, we hand sand the first clear coat and then put on a second clear coat to provide the flattest, shiniest possible showroom finish. If you have decals that need applying, we can also do that either over or under the clear coat, depending on the type of decal. For all Dekerf frames, we apply the decals under the clear coat and the decals are included in the price of the paint job.
All prices in CND Dollars.
All prices include removal of previous coating.
All Dekerf frames include newly applied decals.
These are base prices for hardtail frames. Pricing on suspension frames can vary depending on design. For other custom paint designs, please download and fill in the custom paint page, then send it to us for a quotation.