No stranger to eye catching paint jobs, Rodeo Labs has worked with their customers to create some incredibly unique bikes. Lately, they’ve been working with US-based Cerakote to provide a finish that replaces traditional wet paint. Made in Oregon, Cerakote is a ceramic and polymer coating that is abrasion / wear resistant, corrosion resistant, chemical resistant, and impact resistant. The finish itself is so thin that it has less impact on threaded surfaces and actually ends up being 100-200g lighter (on average) than the same frame with traditional paint. Cerakote is also friendlier on workers and the environment with its exceptionally low VOC characteristics.
Cerakote filmed an interesting process video of them painting a Rodeo Adventure Labs Trail Donkey 3.1 frame and Spork 2.0 fork. Watch it below, followed by some notes from Cerakote’s website.
Here are some of the benefits and features of Cerakote, from their website:
- Cerakote is thinner than liquid paint at 1mil thick.
- Cerakote is lighter on average that traditional automotive paint or powder coat used on most bikes.
- Cerakote has better color consistency than anodizing and has a wider color selection.
- Cerakote is extremely durable and is resistant to abrasion, corrosion, impact, and chemicals.
- Cerakote is naturally hydrophobic, resisting mud and water.
- Cerakote is also friendlier on workers and the environment with its exceptionally low VOC characteristics (VOC exempt in all 50 states).
- It can be applied to many substrates such as metal, composites, plastics, carbon fiber and more.
- Made in the USA.
To learn more about Rodeo Labs’ Cerakote finish process, check out their blog post here. Cerakote will be hosting an Instagram Live talk today at 2:00pm PST to discuss the process further, tune in at @Cerakote.
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