Paint- whats going on?

argonsixar

Retro Guru
My buddy and I had a frame each painted over the xmas/new year period. These were professionally done from a reputable finisher. We have both noticed however , that they just keep chipping, apparently from minor knocks. Now I have twenty/thirty and forty year old frames in my garage that don't chip easily. I have heard the usual prattlings about European legislation affecting what can be used to harden paints, but assumed this to be nonsense. Is it? Or is this chipping just a coincidence ?
I want to get my old Geoff Roberts re painted and was wondering whether there is a sure fire, high quality finish that is still available in the UK. Does anyone have any ideas ?
 

oaklec

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My buddy and I had a frame each painted over the xmas/new year period. These were professionally done from a reputable finisher. We have both noticed however , that they just keep chipping, apparently from minor knocks. Now I have twenty/thirty and forty year old frames in my garage that don't chip easily. I have heard the usual prattlings about European legislation affecting what can be used to harden paints, but assumed this to be nonsense. Is it? Or is this chipping just a coincidence ?
I want to get my old Geoff Roberts re painted and was wondering whether there is a sure fire, high quality finish that is still available in the UK. Does anyone have any ideas ?
It might be worth considering a powder coat. Some places are adept with bike frames and can apply decals and a lacquer over the top. I have previously used Armourtex (London based) but I'm not sure they still exist
 
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argonsixar

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I am in London area and there doesn't seem to be any shortage of options for painters, but if they are all hamstrung by quality paints, then maybe powder coat is an option. I don't mind paying extra for a finish if it can survive the fitting of band-on components !
 

bagpuss

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As others have said modern paint is very poor . It is all nearly water based . Powder coating is much more durable .I have applied decals to it without issues and varnished over them .
 

argonsixar

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I am struggling to understand what the issue truly is. Notwithstanding the "modern paints are poor... water based" explanation, which is plausible, why is it not possible to pay for better paint ? After all, my car doesn't chip like this, nor does my newish carbon frame. Are "factory" finishes using better paints ? If so, can I have some please ?
 
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