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Old 01-02-12, 06:59 PM   #1
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Newly Restored 82' Bianchi Nuovo Racing

This bike was abandoned at one of my neighbors rental properties and she gave it to me. Turned out it was the right size so I decided to fix it ride it. A good friend of mine rides an 86 Bianchi which I would constantly urge him to upgrade on our rides but now I feel he is on to something with these old steel bikes. I rode it for the first time and can't believe how smooth it is.

I did the paint myself so please keep that in mind, it turned out okay but it certainly is not professional. The group consists of mostly Campagnolo Nuovo Record with Suntour Superbe brakes. I swapped out the stock 3T T.d.f bars for some Nitto Noodles.

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Old 01-02-12, 07:11 PM   #2
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Bellissimo!
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Wow, that's nice...I'm thinking blue bar tape...
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If he got Paselas on, he already walked over those hot coals.
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They are straight now but the eyelets are rusted, I'm sure they will be destroyed in less than a season of riding, especially because the bike paths here in DC can be rough.
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Old 01-02-12, 09:50 PM   #6
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If he got Paselas on, he already walked over those hot coals.
Yup, Paselas 27x1, not tour guard though.
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Very nice! I remember assembling those when I worked at a Bianchi dealer from '82-'84.
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Wow, that's nice...I'm thinking blue bar tape...
But the white is SO pro!
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That's a beautiful bike. I hope to own a turquoise Bianchi some day. The only thing I would have done differently is through tires. Great bike and congrats!
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Very pretty ride! Heck of a nice find. Can't believe someone would leave that behind in a rental!
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Great looking! Kudos on the paint too.
How did you paint it? Looking for details here :-) Nice consistent gloss and depth. Looks like you cleared over the decals too?
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sweet ride..I want a paint job like that too
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Beautiful Bianchi, is that a complete repaint or really good touch up and some rubbing compound? what are the cranks?

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They are straight now but the eyelets are rusted, I'm sure they will be destroyed in less than a season of riding, especially because the bike paths here in DC can be rough.
Those rims are notorious for being difficult to get tires on and off. they however a good durable rim.

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I agree I think blue tape really makes the decals 'pop'

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That's a beautiful bike. I hope to own a turquoise Bianchi some day. The only thing I would have done differently is through tires. Great bike and congrats!
the OP's Bianchi is Celeste, but if your really want Turquoise they were available

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Nice bike and nice paint job. +1 We need details.
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I like it, but I am admittedly biased.
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That's a beautiful bike. I hope to own a turquoise Bianchi some day. The only thing I would have done differently is through tires. Great bike and congrats!
as bianchi girl has stated,

it's called Celeste, the must have color for every true bike collector/owner.

one of the best colors for a bike ever!
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Well done. Enjoy
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Very nice job!
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How did I miss this? I'm bumping these pics.
That's really a nice Bianchi Turbort88!

(That is, Except for those Ambrosio 19's! )
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Okay here are the details of the painting, your results may vary....

Step 1: Frame Prep
Prep and more prep. The key to a successful paint job starts way before the first color coat will be applied. Remove as much of the original paint as possible, this could be achieved by the use of stripper of just plain old automotive grade sandpaper, 180, 220, 400, which is what I primarilly used. I was more delicate around the lugs and braze ons so some of the original paint remained.

Step 2: Primer
Once the original paint has been removed run your bare hands all over the frame ensuring it is smooth to the touch. Before applying any paint, be it primer to clear coat, always use a tack cloth to wipe down the surface to be painted. I used one can of Professional Rustoleum in gray to put about two coats of primer on the fork and frame. Leave only about 5-10 mins between coats. I let this dry for a minimum of 24 hours before applying color.

Step 3: Color
I initially did some searching for a color code for Celeste but quickly came to the conclusion that this was a waste of time. I took my fork over to the local Sherwin-Williams Automotive Paint store and they quickly just matched the color. I received a quart of paint ready to apply (meaning reduced so I did not have to add reducer myself). Since I don't have a large enough compressor to power a proper paint gun I used something called a Preval Spray Gun. This device has an aerosol sprayer and a container for the paint. You will not achieve the same results as using a true Spay Gun but it is good enough and the results speak for themselves. The Preval is only about $6. Before applying the paint use the tack cloth again and apply 2-3 coats ensuring you get adequate coverage on the bottom side of the bike and be careful not to cause any runs. Again only leave 5-10 mins between coats. I let the paint dry for at least another 24 hours, but if you are ready you could clear coat it after only 15 mins according to the paint store I purchased the paint from.

Step 4: Decals and Clear Coat
I purchased a set of decals from Greg at Cyclomondo and applied them before spraying the clear coat. I have read that some people clear the base coat once before applying decals but I did not. I also applied the decals dry and decided to because I did not want to wait a week before applying clear. If you do use the wet method for applying the decals you must wait for them to dry before spaying the clear coat. So anyway, I applied the decals and used one can of clear from the Automotive Paint Store on the frame and fork. See pics below to see the brand I used. I will dry hard in the end. I have yet to actually apply any sandpaper of rubbing compound to the clear coat but will eventually do that to achieve a mirror finish.

Step 5: Frame prep for assembly
I kind of skipped this step and did not chase or re-face the bottom bracket and headset and I recommend you do this. I just used a razor blade to remove paint from the rear dropouts, BB faces, and Headtube faces. Assembly was not really a problem.

If you are going to do this inside, like I did, set up a proper paint booth with good ventilation and wear personal protective gear, i.e. mask, gloves, eye protection, etc. This is a messy process. I just bought a Colnago Mexico in really rough shape and think I will just have it powdercoated for $130 and skip the headache and complaints from my wife.

Good luck.

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Old 01-07-12, 03:58 PM   #21
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Beautiful job on the paint!
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^ I agree excellent job. where do I send my '90 Proto for paint?
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Nice work! There is a 1982 Nuovo Racing here that will get some touch-up using the same technique this next month. I'll get some of the SprayMax clear and shoot a test over the touch-up paint (PPG acrylic) before I clearcoat over the decals. They are also from Cyclemondo. You've set a very nice bar...

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wow, nice. I have a Bianchi giro that wants me to get busy. I hope it comes out that nice.
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Great painting advice!
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