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 Post subject: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:39 pm 
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I realise this could be a daft question but could anyone explain the process Kona used when applying the splatter finish to the early bikes, was it a hand job or machine, are they all the same or each is different? Looking forward to some info.


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:47 pm 
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Not sure how it was applied, but they were different - some bikes were vastly different, even on the same model.


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:56 pm 
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TSC. wrote:
Not sure how it was applied, but they were different - some bikes were vastly different, even on the same model.


We were talking about this on our last NE and W Yorks ride, more so with reference to GT's, rather than Kona's, but otherwise identical model GT's can have variation in the splatters, suggesting it was probably done by hand. My conclusion? That being a paint splatterer in a bicycle factory must be a great job!


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Yep, by hand. In the ~2009 catalogue they described one of the 1990 models as the worst they ever built, I think it was the Lava Dome!

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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Zerothehero wrote:
was it a hand job


Fnarrrrr


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:13 pm 
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Toothbrush and paint, well that's how they do it at my sons nursery anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:42 pm 
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Johnsqual wrote:
Zerothehero wrote:
was it a hand job


Fnarrrrr


...achieving a splatter finish...

Right, back on topic!


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:46 pm 
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If gm324152 (can't remember the number sorry dude) comes on here he will tell you exactly how the GT's were painted. IIRC I think he said they sometimes needed several passes through the paint job for a lot of their finishes (even for lower models) - shame manufacturers nowadays don't make the same effort, it's all just computer designed decals on a black or white basecoat now. :-(


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Someone on here did a home re-paint on a 90 Cinder Cone. The end result was utterly acceptable as a factory job.


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 Post subject: Re: Splatter Paint.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:06 pm 
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minor_LEGEND wrote:
Someone on here did a home re-paint on a 90 Cinder Cone. The end result was utterly acceptable as a factory job.


That would be Longun then - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=232654


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