So a friend of mine moved out of town, and gave me his incredibly used Raleigh Technium MTB. I always told him I thought it was a cool frame, so he thought I should have it! I only have one bike, a 1981 Univega Specialissima that I quite literally ride every type of cycling with, so I wanted to build something fun, with fat tires, maybe mustache bars too, a bit more relaxed, that can be used for both road and dirt. And of course, keep it incredibly good looking and classy, just like my Univega. As a broke 22 year old college student, I had to take advantage!
So here she was, in all her incredibly crappy glory!
Now I originally wanted to powdercoat it, but considering the thermally bonded main tubes, and a bit of research, I opted to paint it. This was my first paint job, and probably gonna be my last one for at least a while! The condition of the frame definitely added to the ridiculous amount of prep work, but whatever, I have a paint job under my belt now, and definitely learned a lot.
So here she is stripped down, ready to be even more stripped down:
So a can of Jasco paint stripper, scraper, and 3m scotchbrite kinda pads to the rescue!
Make that paint all bubbly, Mr. Jasco
Praise the lord for Jasco!
Now we're getting somewhere
Allllrighty, ready for primer