Classic & Vintage - Detailing a Lugged Frame
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08-14-09, 08:18 PM
Fuji Grand Touring SE lugged frame just back from the powder coater in nice yellow.
I would like to detail paint the joints of the lugs. Original was black with gold detail. I am thinking silver for the yellow frame. Cabling in red. I could detail the joints in red, but it might be kinda busy. Any ideas or photos of your bikes?
08-14-09, 09:43 PM
Paint pens come in limited colors. There was a thread (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=534847&page=2) on using them awhile back. The pen suggested was Uchida DecoColor, extra fine point. The colors are fewer for the extra fine than the fine or medium, so far as I can tell.
I have a pearl white frame that I'd really like to do in a sort of burnt orange, but that's not available. I'm thinking silver or gold, but I'm leery that this won't be enough contrast to show up at all.
08-14-09, 10:18 PM
Personally, I like red detailing on yellow frames.
08-15-09, 12:17 PM
Whoa, someone had a lot of time on their hands. Cool.
Red on yellow looks pretty sweet... heck, red on anything!
08-15-09, 01:04 PM
Except on red. My local guitar shop dude tried to sell me some bridge pins which were white with a white dot. I think he's into all that Zen stuff.
08-15-09, 01:08 PM
Well, its a fine line between sheer genius and absolute stupidity! I ask people first cuz I have some crazy color idea at times that in the end look, er, garish. I am going to do red!
08-15-09, 04:53 PM
I think the standard answer would be purple - the color opposite the main color on a color wheel. I had a yelow bike with a medium purple pin stripe. It looked great.
The extra fine tip pens work great. I did my Holdsworth, white on orange. If you're going to clear coat, let it dry for a few days I put my frame in the sun, and light clear coats first, or it will run.....the voice of experience.
08-15-09, 10:57 PM
I understand your problem. I would also have questioned a red lug lining. I think Scooper's works (and looks fantastic) because of the chrome lugs. Purple is an interesting suggestion but I think white might work.
08-15-09, 11:09 PM
Another vote for purple or red. Dark, dark blue might work as well.
08-16-09, 04:35 AM
i'd do a darker shade of yellow.
I'm not into the stark contrasts as much as a little shadowing.
Depends on if you like gaudy or low-key.
08-16-09, 06:07 AM
Think I'd just leave it the one color, but only because I'd be afraid of making a total hames of it. Hate to turn the cat's pajamas into a dog's dinner.
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