Case in point, the following Benotto 3000 as on Classic Lightweights:
I've run into this article a couple of times since last year, and I shake my head in disbelief every time I read it. I ran into it again tonight, and I can't keep it to myself any longer.
Given that no mention is made of any frame repair, one must assume this "restoration" was as a result of damage and/or nicks to the cromovelato lacquer finish atop the chrome.
"The frame was originally finished in chrome with a gold laquer finish (see image below) and it was refurbished by Atlantic Boulevard in Bury. As it would have been too expensive to replate and re-laquer they finished the frame as near as possible to the original with paint.""Below is the frame in its original livery of gold laquer over chrome"
Somebody tell me how someone sane could reduce a gold cromovelato Benotto 3000 to run-of-the-mill Benotto gold? For crying out loud, even if the cromovelato was nicked up, the chrome could be re-lacquered if someone wished to split hairs over paint finish perfection.
I tell you, some people with the means to do restorations shouldn't be allowed around special frames like this. This is one of the many reasons I am extremely adamant about keeping things original, even if not in top condition.