Small change of plans here.
After a lot of phonecalls and visits to paintshops, I still haven't found one that wants to paint it.
They want to sand down the corners to get rid of the chips, but that would seriously affect the structural integrity. If I mention filler, they say the frame flexes too much for that.
Most simply refuse, the others keep yapping about how it's a bad idea, etc etc.
As a result of that, I've given up on the idea of painting the bike, which means the frame's age and patina (read as : "scratches and chips") will remain visible.
Guess it'll become a build with used period-correct parts then. I'm really not going to hang brand new modern parts on a frame with this amount of patina.
To make matters worse, my mind keeps wandering off to that proto frame. As much as I like the 729, it's quite common compared to that one. Also, I can only throw money at one of the 2, and only one of them is really worth it.
I therefore see myself forced to either put the 729 frame in storage for the rest of the year, or start building the bike ASAP with the XT kit that came off the broken 828 I bought recently.
Guess I'll build it. Once it's done I can give the proto my full attention.
I started by cleaning the entire frame with degreaser, and used lots of thinner to get rid of the old painted "SBIKE" text on the sides.
Afterwards, I hung the frame to dry, cleaned it again with acetone (as per Gil_M's instructions) and applied the decals Gil printed.
Gil, you're awesome !!!!
Unfortunately this took most of the evening, so not much progress yet. But at least the build has begun !
Tomorrow I'll be stripping the 828 and cleaning every component that comes off it.
Saturday I'll get some rivets and a rivet gun, so I can put the cable stops back on the frame.
If it all goes according to plan and I find some nice foam grips, I'll probably be riding it early next week.