I'm starting the rebuild of a Dandy pocket bike I recently picked up for $100...
I tore it down last night and I'll be dropping off a pile of parts hopefully next week to be powder coated. I haven't decided on color yet but I'm leaning towards lime green for the frame & wheels and then either a satin black or flat black finish on the fairings. Any opinions on color would be appreciated.
Still looking for a decent price on powder coating. $190 for everyting including media blasting is the best I've found. I had a whole box of parts done for my YSR for less but unfortunately that guy is no longer around. If anyone knows a local (Houston, TX) guy that can give me a deal please let me know.
If I can't find a better price I'll just have everything media blasted and I'll go buy some rattle cans.
I didn't give them the dimensions but I figured the coke can in the picture would show how small it is. Maybe in person and with the parts in hand I can work a better deal.
Yeah I spent $250 to have my YSR frame powder coated and that included a whole box of small parts from it also. There's just no way I could bring myself to drop $200 on the Dandy.
The quotes were from powdercoatitnow and 3 Nails Powder Coatings which I found through google...I'll check out your suggestions. I hadn't called others yet since those two quotes were very close to each other. Where's the buddy who powder coats when you need him!
I just dropped everything off, I found someone to do everything for $100, I don't think I could find a better price. They wanted an extra $80 for lime green so that changed my mind. I think it will look nice, should have it back in 5-7 business days. (the other quotes I had were all before the special order paint cost so they were WAY too high!)
everything in this picture will be gloss black:
everything in this picture will be light texture black, they're also doing the rear sprocket and the head of the fork brace bolt in the same light texture black, just didn't have it in the pic.
Hopefully the powder coated parts will be ready by the end of the week. I went to the hardware store today and replaced all the hardware so I'm ready to start putting it back together. I've decided to powder coat a few more parts (clutch bell housing, chain tensioners, a few more bolt heads ect.) so I'll be dropping them off when I pick up the frame & other parts.
So the powder coated parts look awesome, my table of ready to go parts is getting filled. Assembly will begin as soon as I get my parts from minimoto...
Unfortunately the wheels are going back to the powder coater tomorrow along with the other parts I'm having done, they coated the bearing slots on all 4 wheel pieces so they'll have to be re-blasted and coated again, the sad part is I didn't notice it when I inspected everything, I was distracted by the shiny frame
yellow is what I'm leaning towards for the fairing, yellow & black is always a good combo.
If the wheels do need to be coated again I might change them from glass black to safety yellow and then match the fairing to the best of my ability to the wheels. The reason I say "if" they need to be coated again is I don't know if they can just mask off the rest of the wheel and sand blast just the powder coating from the bearing slot. Do you know if that's possible or will they definitely have to completely sand blast & re powder coat them? gloss black looks great either way but if I can I'll probably switch to yellow.
it's funny you would say the yellow & black rz350
this is the original paint scheme that I saw when I started leaning towards yellow and minimotomadness actually has the black & white decals in stock, he unfortunately doesn't have the circle logo sticker
I do have a small problem, I can't get the old bearing off the clutch bell because I can't get the pinion gear off. It seems like it just screws into the bell but is it reverse threaded or is there a tool I need to remove it?
I'll take a picture if need be. It desperately needs to be sand blasted, painted & bearing replaced so I want to get the old bearing removed before I drop off the rest of the parts to the powder coater.
I just found some instructions here for removing the pinion by making a holder for the clutch bell out of a 2x4 & some hex wrenches, I'll give it a try when I get home.
So I dropped off the remaining parts to the powder coater yesterday (swing arm, clutch bell housing and any hardware that needed it). They will be the same texture black color.
I also placed my first order to minimotomadness yesterday so I should have a box of parts soon (all new bearings, fork tubes, seat pad, foot peg rubber ect.) I'll be ordering the front fairing & windscreen next week sometime, I wanted to spread out the cost a little so it feels like I'm spending less
I haven't tried to remove the pinion again because the clutch bell is at the powder coated being sand blasted (just on the outside surface) so I'll hopefully get that taken care of when I get it back.
They finished the second batch of parts much quicker than the first and sandblasted a bunch of stuff that wasn't being powder coated, the wheels are ready to go also. My parts order should be here by Monday or Tuesday so it will be assembled in a week or so.