Most frame repairs are straight forward, but during repairs poor craftsmanship can be found. I also recommend getting second opinions on repairs for cost and competency of the repairer. I personally have been formally trained and versed in proper frame repair which for many young newer builders and those that come from production shops fail to have. I spent almost as much time repairing frames with my predecessor as we did building new frames. These many builders are charging premiums for the repair steel frame repairs without the background to properly diagnose and efficiently repair them. Since I have solid base of experience with repairs of frames and a stock of older tubing I can provide repairs much more economically than current builders can. My repairs often leave the frame in better condition than when it was originally built.
As a note very few frames should be burned apart to remove the broken tube or part to be replaced. Regardless what any builder says only silver brazed joints are the only joints that should be sweated apart with the torch. Mechanical removal is the only safe way to remove these old pieces. The heat is far too high and the temperatures required to liquify the old filler is hundreds of degrees higher than the temperature used to build the frame. This additional heat and the second heat cycle is not good for the tubing and steel components of the frame. This can cause a greatly increased chance of the non-replaced tubes to fail. Unless the repairer is giving you a lifetime warranty on the replaced joints covering the areas surrounding the repaired area. If not stay away. I back all my repair with a life time warranty to cover this.
All of my frames are prepared with Campagnolo frame tools. Campagnolo have been the only tools that cut and face in a controlled and precise manner. Making them the ideal tooling for actual precise and straight frames. My set was acquired in the 90’s and has been at the center my building high tolerance frame sets.
The following is a rough list of repair pricing. Pricing does not cover parts removal, repaint or parts reinstall, only the repair of the frame. Additional costs are incurred for removal and reinstall of parts. I also do not do patching of damaged paint I will only repaint fully stripped frames to provide a solid consistent finish.
Single tube replace typical 100.00 to 200.00 newer and specialty tubes will be at the higher end of price range use of my stock tubes at the lowest price.
Drop out replacement 100.00 per drop out. Cost of drop out additional
Adding braze-ons 20.00 to 125.00 depending on what is being added
All of my frames and any quotes I give covering finished come with what I deem as my basic finish. My basic finish consists of a rust preventative metal prep. followed with a powder finish or wet paint finish done with a single stage 100% polyurethane paint with a powder primer base. These finishes are not guaranteed to be flaw free nor should you assume so. I provide durable finishes with a rust proofing metal conditioning to metal If you want or deem you want a flawless paint job then the paint will be contracted to another painting source of which the quality of the finish is between you and the contractor. Going this route will add significant time and cost to the job. I assume no responsibility for the end results as I do not profit from contracted work, I do charge shipping and handling and delivery charges for outsourcing this work. I you want me to take responsibility for the finish results then I will charge the appropriate mark up margin on these jobs, which is 50% by retail standards or double the contractors rate. Any contract cost must be paid in full before work is started. Chroming is available and is something I do not recommend.
Finish Pricing single frame prices tandems and recumbent add 150.00 to 250.00 per line item
Chemical stripping 100.00 – 150.00
Powder coat single color 150.00
Powder extra coats for multi layer effect powders 75.00 min.
Powder high gloss if needed 75.00
Basic wet paint single color 250.00
Additional gloss coat for wet paint 150.00
Extra for wet sanding and re-coating 250.00 of a basic paint job to remove slight imperfections if desired.
Masking 50.00 per lug min. other masking variable cost.
Frame inspection 75.00 dent filling, defect corrections etc.. minimum 0f 50.00 to +++ in cost to repair.
If you want me to scrutinize the frame and make repairs this needs to be stated at time of drop off. I may not notice slight irregularities during the stripping process I will always assume frame will not need additional work so you need to present your expectations at drop off.
Please note older frames can have issues with internal debris and corrosion. These often fall out of the frame during the process. I try to prevent this but can not avoid it occurring 100% of the time. I do not consider removing these blemishes as part of my this part of my basic paint job to remove them if it occurs. I am not responsible or can control the neglect of the internal condition of older frames.