Monday, March 29, 2010

Internet Down

Hi All,

Sorry for the lack of posts... my internet has been down (again). We are currently talking to other carriers so this will hopefully not happen anymore. That doesn't mean I haven't been busy in the shop. Things going on include: Chad R.'s and Dennis B.'s bikes are back from getting pics taken. Also, I started Matt F's frame. Plus, I blasted Jess's frame. It needs some pop. The blue and blast finish just didn't have the sizzle I would've liked to have seen.



Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wow, Thats Red

Can't wait to see this one built up and rolling down the road with the sun bouncing of the metallic red. It starts by bead blasting the frame in my cabinet to completely clean the surface to prepare it for the primer. It then gets 3 coats of PPG epoxy primer, and then a wet sand to prep it for the base coat. 3 coats of pure gold base, followed by the Sunset Red tinted clear. I lost count of how may coats, but did manage to use up almost half a quart of an unopened can. Then the decals go down and I start shooting the clear. 2-3 coats and then a final wet sand and 2 more coats of clear to finish it up. I was cruising the forums(V-Salon) the other day and a builder claimed he has $35 in material costs for a paint job. Wish I had his deal on paint. That half a quart of tinted red cost me $64. That would leave $3 for primer, base coat and clear. Hmmm.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Good day.

As you can see from my paint prep area and the boxes of tube sets, things are busy in my shop.
Today was another great day of things coming together. Dennis B.'s Zona road front triangle is welded. Prepping the dropouts and getting ready to miter the stays. Chad's road frame got black stripes and some clear. His headtube HC will be polished and then I will shoot final. James K.'s Big One Inch is turning slow in the lathe for the clear to settle. Decals are on.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A few quick picks of Chad's orange... This will really pop.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Road Frames

Here are a few pics of two road frames... Chad's Columbus Spirit and Dennis B's Columbus Zona. Seat tube clamp done and a very long headtube cut to length. Chad's now white with some pearl for the decal panels will get some Orange on it and I want to get Dennis's front triangle welded tomorrow.