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76 Colnago Super Repaint - What color would you paint it?

Old 12-28-21, 11:27 PM
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76 Colnago Super Repaint - What color would you paint it?

I am refinishing this 76 Colnago Super frameset and can't quite decide on a color scheme. I am leaning towards white paint , decals in yellow with black outline, cable housing and bar tape yellow Velox. black 3TTT stem.

I could try to reproduce my only other Colnago Mexico from 1981 in black. She was very pretty.

What would you do?


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Old 12-29-21, 02:03 AM
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Personally speaking, I wouldn't repaint it. For a 45 year old frame it's in fantastic shape. As we say 'round these parts: it's only original once.

A couple touch ups here and there - and new decals (which will be somewhat difficult to source if you want 100% accurate versions). Again, they looked pretty good going by the first photo.

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Ditto! After my initial purchase of a 1983 Superissimo, I considered repaint. Glad I didn't. It has the markings of a well-used bike as it should. Besides, if you repainted then you would need to replace all the parts with NOS to be consistent.
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I have a 1975/76 Super and recently had it repainted in its original orange color . I loved the color of the bike , I did not love the exposed metal portions of the frame. The bottom bracket area as well as other areas were exposed and I ride the bike a lot. I would not have done it if it were in any better shape.





I had Franklin Frame do the work and he matched the original very well. The bike looks awesome now with the gold pearl and all the decals intact. Mine was pretty rough paint wise so I feel good about my decision. I have other bikes I would not repaint even though they are less than perfect but I wanted this one nice. The mid seventies Supers are great bikes to ride and they made quite a few. I was told by Ed Litten that there were eight people working at Colnago building bikes back then so quite a few were built.
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Old 12-29-21, 07:00 AM
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You would be out of your mind to repaint that bike.
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Old 12-29-21, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
You would be out of your mind to repaint that bike.
too late , he has already prepped the frame . It looks like the decals and some of the frame are sanded.
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Old 12-29-21, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12 View Post
too late , he has already prepped the frame . It looks like the decals and some of the frame are sanded.
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Do NOT repaint!!

Just put some good polish and you will be surprised how good it will look..

I have a 76 Colnago Super. Few scratches on the front head tube. I was going to touch up with silver paint ( color of bike)

Decided to NOT touch up after getting advice here. I just polished up. Looks VERY GOOD.

SO happy I did not touch up.

Like all have said.....its only original once.

Your frame looks to be in VERY GOOD shape.


But to each his own. It's your bike. You make it what you want
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Old 12-29-21, 12:09 PM
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OP has received some answers, but no response...what did you do? I follow this advice similar to when measuring a board...measure twice, cut once. Ask questions "before" proceeding, not after.
In any event it's the OP's so anything done is alright.
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I would not have refinished it, as the paint and decals of the original photo look great to me. Now that the decals are gone, I probably still would not repaint, but that is your call.

If I were to do it, I would likely go with orange. DD had a nice one for sale a while back. I might also consider red, because I bet that would be the easiest color to sell, when that day must come.
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I'm a little sad. Trade my vintage Colnago Super frameset for yours

But how about flat black with white luglining and decals.
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Old 12-29-21, 05:27 PM
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Another vote for orange, especially in the Molteni team color. Not enough orange bikes on the road.
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Old 12-29-21, 07:42 PM
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Electric Blue.
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A little perplexed at the repaint idea on this one as well (looks to be mostly there and just need a good polish and wax), but if you've already taken the first steps and it's a done deal then...orange or blue. Pink is always awesome though.
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Old 12-29-21, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
Another vote for orange, especially in the Molteni team color. Not enough orange bikes on the road.
Bruce McLaren cars, international Orange.

interestingly there are a few Molteni Orange variations- Colnago and DeRosa did not match.
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Mine after reassembly , in the sun . My first ride after over a month at the “spa”. I guess my vote would be for orange!

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Thanks for all the input. Still haven't decided on the color. I will either go red or white. Finished stripping the paint today ( sorry to all those who said leave it alone.)

Whatever color it is I promise it will be gorgeous!

Here is an update . Looks so pretty bare.
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Looks good! I really like the head tube lugs on these. Colnago’ s attention to detail is pretty amazing when you consider how many they made. Your frame is very similar to mine with the exception or the top tube cable guides.
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Since your repainting ignoring most of our advice, I would love to see a cromovelato Molteni Orange (Colnago Not DeRosa orange)
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It is your bike and I am sure you will love the paint job. That said there are a lot of college grads with fine arts degrees, which are the least valuable degree in America, that are underemployed and I have found can do amazing vintage paint matching and touch up you might consider in the future.
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Deep plum with dark sea foam lugs with red lug lining/striping.
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12 View Post
too late , he has already prepped the frame . It looks like the decals and some of the frame are sanded.
Originally Posted by beech333 View Post
I would not have refinished it, as the paint and decals of the original photo look great to me. Now that the decals are gone, I probably still would not repaint, but that is your call.
Originally Posted by bikemike73 View Post
Do NOT repaint!!

Your frame looks to be in VERY GOOD shape.
Folks, the OP showed pictures of 2 different bikes, one in great shape and the other the subject of his repaint plans. The 1981 Colnago is indeed in great shape but the other one to be repainted looks to me that it has already had a so-so paint job in the past, judging from the lug lining and lack of decals. It certainly needs fresh paint.

To the OP: I've always been partial to the orange, but the green of that year is great too.
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