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Offline dhurwitz

To paint titanium or not
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:22:03 pm »
Hi,

I just ordered a Ti frame.  I have the option of painting it or not.  It's expensive, and nothing is more beautiful than a bare Ti bike.

But I am leaning towards painting it bright yellow, for two reasons:

1.  Reduce its theft attractiveness
2.  Be more visible

The visibility part I handle anyways with clothing and blinky lights front and rear.  The real question is theft avoidance.

What do you think? 

And of course, I will be locking it.  But still.

Offline John Nettles

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 09:40:38 pm »
I would leave it bare.  If you want theft avoidance, do a flat black or some other "boring" color.  Scratches and dirt help too.  Not joking.  If traveling in a high-crime area area, would you want something that stands out or "just another bike"?

As far as viability, I have a Tonka Yellow colored frame and from behind you really can't tell the difference, especially with packs on.
Best, John
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 09:35:26 am »
I'm with John: leave it unpainted or paint it something boring.  I can't remember off the top of my head if it's bead blasted or "brushed" (aka sanded?) that leaves the finish pretty much flat.  That would be my first choice. 

If you're going to paint it, I'd go for brown over black.  The builder will want to make it shiny, and shiny black attracts some people.  Shiny brown is rather boring.  I'd prefer flat brown, to make it as unappealing as possible, but I doubt your builder will do that -- they want the bike to look like it should be on the cover of Buycycling to attract more business.

Offline John Nettles

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 09:37:31 am »
Flat brown?!?  Pat, you want to have at least SOME appeal to your own bike.  Dang, that would be ugly.   ;D
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline DaveB

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 10:03:24 am »
Another vote for leaving it bare.  All paint adds to a Ti frame is cost, weight and vulnerability to chips and scratches.  Paint, particularly a bright color, certainly won't make it less attractive to thieves.

Offline John Nelson

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 12:18:32 pm »
Do whatever will make you smile every time you see your bike. Nothing else matters.

Offline RonK

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2018, 02:33:42 pm »
Leave it natural rather than polished. Mine still looks good without being overt.
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Offline zzzz

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2018, 08:08:43 pm »
I got my custom ti bike painted. In retrospect it was a mistake. It was a big enough mistake 6 years on and many scuffs and a few chips later, next time I’m feeling flush w cash I’m going to have the paint removed and go w the bare metal.

If you go bare it will also get delivered faster.

Pete

Offline DaveB

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2018, 07:39:09 am »
I got my custom ti bike painted. In retrospect it was a mistake. It was a big enough mistake 6 years on and many scuffs and a few chips later, next time I’m feeling flush w cash I’m going to have the paint removed and go w the bare metal.
Be aware that if you have the paint stripped the finish of the bare Ti under it may be pretty rough.  Years ago Litespeed offered a paint option at an additional cost of about $300.  They also did much less surface preparation and finishing so instead of a smooth, brushed or bead blasted finish like the bare bikes, a stripped frame was quite unfinished.

Offline zzzz

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2018, 06:22:01 pm »
Thanks Dave, I was not aware of that possibility.

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Offline Ghspalding

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2018, 10:18:31 pm »
Hi,

I just ordered a Ti frame.  I have the option of painting it or not.  It's expensive, and nothing is more beautiful than a bare Ti bike.

But I am leaning towards painting it bright yellow, for two reasons:

1.  Reduce its theft attractiveness
2.  Be more visible

The visibility part I handle anyways with clothing and blinky lights front and rear.  The real question is theft avoidance.

What do you think? 

And of course, I will be locking it.  But still.




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Offline Ghspalding

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2018, 10:23:08 pm »
Leave it as is and be careful on the security thing. Have a 12 Fargo Ti. Just looks great 5 yrs later and lots of miles. Just a simple clean look and I smile when I ride too!


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Offline Pat Lamb

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2018, 10:49:03 pm »
Flat brown?!?  Pat, you want to have at least SOME appeal to your own bike.  Dang, that would be ugly.   ;D

Just MHO, but I think the older brown paint job looks better than the newer green slime paint in the back.



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Offline John Nettles

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2018, 11:18:15 pm »
My firs "real" bike, a Takara 723, had a lime green paint.  Even the LBS referred to it as baby $hit green.  But is the brown paint in the picture FLAT brown or glossy brown?  That is a huge difference to me.  Sort of like glossy vs flat black.  John
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!
John

Offline dhurwitz

Re: To paint titanium or not
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2018, 08:03:25 am »
Well, I was leaning towards painting it yellow, then I was leaning towards leaving it bare. Major angst. The final decision came down to what John Nelson said earlier, which echoed the advice given by a good friend with a red-painted Ti bike: do what puts a smile on your face.  Either way will look great.  In the end, I ordered it matte yellow.  I will post pictures when it arrives in 8 weeks.