Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:43 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:49 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:26 am
Posts: 710
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Recent acquisition, a '95 Cinder Cone project to become a nice, usable, standard spec bike - not a show queen but i'm a bit fussy and don't like tatty bikes. Unfortunately the paint isn't as good as i'd hoped. Rear triangle has plenty of stone chips left to rust. Some minor 'browning' of the paint under the laquer here and there around some chips. Seat stays in particular don't look too nice - so many small chips/marks which are quite visible - see pic. Could use a repaint but front triangle paint and decals are good enough to live with. Got new decals from gil_m ready for full repaint but...it's only original once innit? The decals are nice but not as good as the originals and i much prefer originality. So.. can i save this frame, make it look smart without fully repainting? Touch up? There's a lot to touch up - might look silly? Repaint rear triangle only - will look nice but quite different to the aged front triangle? Or just repaint the whole thing with new decals - look fresh but originality erased? What'ya reckon, what would you do? Got any tips etc? Thx!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:52 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:23 pm
Posts: 1354
If it's a bike you plan to keep then do it properly, new paint and your new decals.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:26 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:34 pm
Posts: 250
Location: Stockport, UK
I've got a similar problem with my lava dome - lots of rust spots. It's structurally fine, but it looks too scruffy. Resprays cost more than the bike's worth, and a powder coat will probably mean no decals. The only route seems to be to try and fix the chips.

I found a website somewhere (bookmarked at work - i'll add it later) that suggested removing the rust using a fibreglass pen (usually used for removing stray solder from PCBs), then layering colour-matched paint to fill in the holes, and wet'n'drying to level it out. There were probably more steps.. I'll have to try and find the website.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:47 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:10 am
Posts: 4756
Location: Heathfield, East Sussex
Two choices; build it as it is and ride it like a fading Joan of Arc, proud and haughty...

...or paint it, decal it and you have a Phoenix risen from the ashes of a previous life, glorious in rebirth and ready to take on the world 8)

Alternatively I may be talking complete b*ll*cks! :facepalm:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:28 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:39 pm
Posts: 1455
no....i don't think you are!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Save it or paint it?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:41 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:26 am
Posts: 710
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Thanks for the opinions.. Yes W_a_s i'd go for the fading 'Joan of Arc' if it was battle damage, but rusty spots scream 'neglect' which is very uncool. Previous owner obviously rode it hard, put it away wet, let it deteriorate and that gives the impression of a guy who doesn't care for his machine. Kona-Ian has a point but visually it'll be a facsimile of what it once was (and gil_m can't reproduce the early "K" seattube decal so it's a later design). There comes a point when too many spot repairs - however well done - might just look wierd. This frame is boarderline unfortunately. Maybe beyond..
BTW ebay seller described it as "Superb" and "Excellent Condition" and didn't answer my request for better photos. I bid anyway as it was the most original 19" i could find within my tight time window (bought in UK but i live abroad).


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: drcarlos, Google [Bot], Spanky22b, unkleGsif and 25 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group