My oldest son just bought his GF an older Quintana Roo time-trial bike (Kilo model) that has hideous blisters in the paint. Here's a section of the TT where both blistering and bare metal are visible.
The bike seems solid and roadworthy, just ugly in places. No historical details are available, so I'm trying to solve something of a mystery.
I'm of the opinion it is a sub-standard factory paint job, but I can't be sure. Some of the paint has flaked off in other areas of the frame and it appears there is no primer, just oxidation. I've searched the archives and come across reports of bad paint on early Cannondales, but nothing on QR. Paint blistering seems to be caused by oxidation, whether steel or aluminum.
Is anyone familiar with the paint quality of QR bikes and/or paint? I'm thinking of doing some sanding and touch up (with zinc chromate primer, of course), but I'd like some advice first. Some of the decals will be lost, unfortunately.
She may not care about the looks of the paint, but I'd like to touch it up to prevent further corrosion.
Thanks in advance for any insights/advice.