WTF is Zolatone anyway? Come on Wookie give us a history lesson!
Forgive me butting into an olde thread. I've a Bear Valley frame. It's in a state, but got it from a mate of mine who acquired it new. I'd always admired it and when the chance to nab it came up I took his fingers off. As he recalls it from the original literature that came with the bike (which, alas, he no longer has) Zolatone contains PTFE, I guess to make it more reistant to mud sticking to it etc.
I've cleaned up the 600lx groupset a treat but need to get round to doing the frame. Unfortunately, there's a Saracen and an Elswick Hopper in the queue in front of it so it may be a goodly while yet before it gets on the bench. Meanwhile i may experiment with paints and applications to try and reproduce the finish. I'm thinking suitable thick grey paint applied with a small emulsion roller may give a similar micro-stippled finish, or grey bumper paint sprayed on and the surface rolelred before it dries.
Hi mate...yeah I think your mate is right I remember something about it being a bit non stick...bit like a frying pan! As for recreating the finish its been a long sought after one! A few have tried to get the original paint but its near impossible unless you want to buy enough to paint a battleship!
However a guy on here "foulplay" has done a bloody good job at getting it pretty much bang on! He has a mate that is a sprayer and they experimented until they got it right! It does look bloody good check out this thread about the build and you can see the finished results too...should give you some inspiration for the BV! I've been tinkering with a 92 BV all afternoon, whilst its nice it would be so much better in zolatone!
Hope this helps bud