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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:27 am 
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Been after a decent old steel Kona for a while now, got chatting with Rojo and he had this little beast in his treasure trove... So after a swift drive down the West Country yesterday (5 hour round trip!) I now have it in my living room

The plan is to build a single speed rigid bike with good kit and kept quite light... So far all I have is some cannondale p-bones up front which arrived this morning, I'm getting a doner bike in a couple of weeks so the build will start then, one question.. Shall I leave it in its original state or get it re-sprayed?! I have new decals ready but Im not sure I want to lose the original paint ... I gues the paint is 5 out of 10 condition, plenty of chips and scrapes and lots of cable rub/tyre rub and generally quite scruffy :-( I do have a touch up pen though...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I'd say keep the paint. A good clean, t-cut or similar then a polish will probably make a hell of a difference. Wrap the drive side chainstay to hide the paint damage and protect from further chain slap. The decals look pretty good from your pics and the 95 is a nice colour so it would seem a bit of a shame to repaint.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:08 am 
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if you go down the respray route ben this is a good match for the original colour viewtopic.php?f=1&t=216510&start=15

it maybe doesn't look that close in the picture but looks good in the flesh


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:14 pm 
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I think I'll have a go at it with t-cut and see how it comes out, I always like to see original paint especially on an 18 year old beast like this, if the re-spray does happen it will be as close to the original colour as possible :)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:08 pm 
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No respray will ever equal the quality of what you've got. I wouldn't T-cut it too much, you just need to clean it really, not remove the surface. Also the usual formula - 1. remove any surface rust with a fine craft file, 2. seal all bare metal with Kurust, which will stabilise any remaining bits of brown, 3. touch in with a reasonably close colour, darker better than lighter, gloss modelling paint the best vfm. Once you've done that and polished it, if you stare at it from a metre away, you will see all the repairs. But as a built-up bike out on the trail, nobody will notice them.

The correct length P2 fork is 41cm long from where the crown race sits to the centre of the axle. I may well be wrong, but the one you have looks a bit like an earlier 39cm fork.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:11 pm 
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Yes to keeping original paint.. It's amazing what you can achieve with a good clean/touch up and polish :)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:12 pm 
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+1 for keeping original paint.....its looks grand to me but I'm biased.
A while back an over-enthisiastic spray shop resprayed rather than touched up (as requested) the fairings on one of my motorbikes. Ever since, I've felt the bike has been mucked about and wish I could have its old battle scars and originality back again. But ultimately its down to your preference and taste. Enjoy the build and the bike!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:11 pm 
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those cannondale forks look chunky! not seen them on a kona build before. keep the paint as it is bud-shows its been well ridden/loved :)


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