Yes, I reckon it's definitely had a previous life as a trials ride although, as you say, why someone would use an Explosif is beyond me.
The paint used is just standard artists acrylic which blends in and T-cuts to a shine nicely. I didn't use a specific primer - just used a thin coat of the same white paint as a base.
Bit of a hiccup in the build now though . . . I've bought the wrong length spokes (began to lace up the rear wheel yesterday and it didn't take long to realise that I'd taken the printed ERTO measurement instead of ERD making my spokes about 30mm too long
). Fingers crossed the replacements should be winging their way to me today, along with a matching front hub from Germany, so I'd like to think it'll be up and running by the weekend
Welcome to the Hotel California . . .