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A BIG day for me. Before and after. Paint and decals complete.

Old 10-28-21, 07:44 PM
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UPDATE! Build complete.A BIG day for me. Before and after. Paint and decals complete.

Seriously overjoyed with the results so far. Battled with seized bottom bracket and quill and the results are paying off. Painted and installed decals for the first time and turned out better than I could have imagined. I will be keeping the fork as is, with the thought of new chrome on the back of my mind.
Wheels chain and cables go on tomorrow. Can’t wait to ride for this for the first time ever.

UPDATE

might be up for sale soon.

Build is complete and it’s first trip was a blast!!

Not crazy about the appearance of the Continental classics. Sidewalls are to dark.

As purchased over a year ago

As is today. A big day for me 😀😀😀😀











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Very nice, although a bit understated for a Motta?
The original paint scheme is pretty fun, although I can understand the desire to go with something simpler.

The Campy group is looking pretty nice too!

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
Very nice, although a bit understated for a Motta?
The original paint scheme is pretty fun, although I can understand the desire to go with something simpler.

The Campy group is looking pretty nice too!

Steve in Peoria
Thank you, Steve!
Indeed, Motta bikes have some really interesting paint jobs. A few simple red and also some pearl white. I, kiiiiinda, likes the paint scheme but thought the flow was not really all that great and was not original from new. The grey was. I think this blue keeps within a vintage look and is understated and will not get tiresome to look at.

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Night and day. Great job!
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Night and day. Great job!
Thanks! Stay tuned. I have a Faggin with beautiful lugs that will return in two weeks after being plated in new chrome and fully polished. Undecided on color so might leave it to majority vote by starting a poll.
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Beautiful! Love the color!
Did you paint it yourself? Spray gun?
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It is beautiful. You do great work. Is it an off the shelf, commercially available paint color, or specific car make-year+model Paint color code, or did custom match it to something that already was that color or a paint chart or something. The School Bus color wasn't what one probably thinks of as a great shade of Yellow for a bicycle. The black accents and how they were presented certainly did nothing but make it look shabby and low-rent. Perhaps that was the rage when it was new but the passage of time has probably led the lead person at the manufacturer who designed its color scheme to now think, oh it was all the rage when new, but in reality it looked like number two, what were we thinking, releasing a bike with that ugly of a paint scheme.
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Beautiful! Love the color!
Did you paint it yourself? Spray gun?
I appreciate your kind words. Took a lot of searching for the right color and as it turns out is completely a rattle can paint job. From primer to clear.

Primer is automotive two part.
Paint is MTN (Montana) Gold.
Clear is SprayMax Glamour 2K

Each step involved wet color sanding to get a smooth finish.

Decals were installed referencing pre paint photos for placement. measurements were taken and blue painters tape was used as a guide to avoid misalignment. You only get one shot.

I would have done one thing different and not placed the frame on the repair stand for a couple of weeks. I need to go back and spot correct and touch up the clear coat. Wet sanding again.
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Originally Posted by Vintage Schwinn View Post
It is beautiful. You do great work. Is it an off the shelf, commercially available paint color, or specific car make-year+model Paint color code, or did custom match it to something that already was that color or a paint chart or something. The School Bus color wasn't what one probably thinks of as a great shade of Yellow for a bicycle. The black accents and how they were presented certainly did nothing but make it look shabby and low-rent. Perhaps that was the rage when it was new but the passage of time has probably led the lead person at the manufacturer who designed its color scheme to now think, oh it was all the rage when new, but in reality it looked like number two, what were we thinking, releasing a bike with that ugly of a paint scheme.
Vintage Schwinn,
Some paint jobs out there are like the bell bottoms, massively wide ties and perm hair does. It just isn’t right. The old adage “Less is more”, applies here.
im taking the approach to Bikes as I do when restoring and making mid century modern style furniture, and when I restored vintage Alfa’s and Porche’s. I have my style and it is to use only what you need. Clean lines and colors.

I found a great blue from Montana paint’s gold line, “Denim blue” after seeing how pigments hold up to the elements ( Murals and Graffiti art) I could not pass it up. $8 a can.

Keep in mind, automotive primer, and clear where used. Wasn’t low buck. Not to mention all the prep and color sanding.

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Fine work, to be sure.
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Beautiful!
Just saw you did the paint.
Kudos.
Enjoy
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Fine work, to be sure.
Many thanks 👍!
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Beautiful!
Thank You, Bironi ! Now to ride it with care for the next person who will own it in the future.

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Originally Posted by Vintage Schwinn View Post
It is beautiful. You do great work. Is it an off the shelf, commercially available paint color, or specific car make-year+model Paint color code, or did custom match it to something that already was that color or a paint chart or something. The School Bus color wasn't what one probably thinks of as a great shade of Yellow for a bicycle. The black accents and how they were presented certainly did nothing but make it look shabby and low-rent. Perhaps that was the rage when it was new but the passage of time has probably led the lead person at the manufacturer who designed its color scheme to now think, oh it was all the rage when new, but in reality it looked like number two, what were we thinking, releasing a bike with that ugly of a paint scheme.
I have a close to school bus yellow 1972 Colnago and it is I think Classic.
would have preferred an electric Blue one and I eventually found a ‘73 that color. That got the period Super Record, coffee house brag bike.

if I had money to burn, would look for all the pantograph bits.

I like how the Motta turned out, I often associate Motta with pearl white, so a bit of an adjustment, but I think handsome.
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Very, very nice. Excellent work.

FWIW (and it isn't much) , I like your chosen color scheme much better than the original. Much better. I probably would not have thought of that color, and I would have lost out - it looks gorgeous, in an understated elegance sort of way. Well done, and thanks for sharing it.
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Yep I think you have truly converted an ugly duckling into a swan.....
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Beautiful color choice. I agree with "understated elegance".
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
I have a close to school bus yellow 1972 Colnago and it is I think Classic.
would have preferred an electric Blue one and I eventually found a ‘73 that color. That got the period Super Record, coffee house brag bike.

if I had money to burn, would look for all the pantograph bits.

I like how the Motta turned out, I often associate Motta with pearl white, so a bit of an adjustment, but I think handsome.
Thank you! This Motta will be ridden every now and again, but I as built for the Eroica CA 2022. I actually picked up yellow paint for this one that was inspired by a Simoncini. A good looking bike for sure. I might paint a Simoncini frameset that I have squirreled away.

Not mine

Simoncini waiting to be restored
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Very, very nice. Excellent work.

FWIW (and it isn't much) , I like your chosen color scheme much better than the original. Much better. I probably would not have thought of that color, and I would have lost out - it looks gorgeous, in an understated elegance sort of way. Well done, and thanks for sharing it.
Thank you!
and FWIW your opinion means a lot. I am very humbled by the positive feedback that has been sent my way. It’s worth a lot because I’m considering, after a few restorations, offering full resto’s to the public.

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Yep I think you have truly converted an ugly duckling into a swan.....
Quack, Quack!! 😀😀🙂
Thank you! I love bringing things back from the brink of disposal.
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Beautiful color choice. I agree with "understated elegance".
Thank You! Glad that Gianni Motta’s work is still appreciated.
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Update on build complete.

Finished the build photos updated.
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Thanks! Stay tuned. I have a Faggin with beautiful lugs that will return in two weeks after being plated in new chrome and fully polished. Undecided on color so might leave it to majority vote by starting a poll.
I just obtained a replacement “Fiona” Faggin for one I sent on to a BF member as it was too small, so I look forward to seeing the work you do on it.
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I love the color and the simplicity. Nice work!

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Not crazy about the appearance of the Continental classics. Sidewalls are to dark.
I found new Continental Giro sew-ups at '70s prices. They even have removable valve cores.





Didn't mean to step on your thread - not sure how to just do thumbnails instead of full size pics.

Love the Motta!
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I love the color and the simplicity. Nice work!



I found new Continental Giro sew-ups at '70s prices. They even have removable valve cores.





Didn't mean to step on your thread - not sure how to just do thumbnails instead of full size pics.

Love the Motta!
no worries. 🙂 I am in need of a couple of sets of tubulars but the prices are pretty steep. Thanks for the positive comment on th Motta. Beautiful green on your Colnago. Reminds me of Porsche Viper green

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