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Old 05-14-22, 10:34 PM
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Anyone know about “Painting Specialties”?

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I picked up this Trek at an Estate Sale in Portland, Oregon with a custom paint job and this logo on the chainstay. I found mention in another thread of Les Lunas. Anyone have any info?



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This was posted by KevinK at the pace line. He evidently built frames at Second Nature. Eugene?

"A few weeks ago, I finally brought it down and decided to clean it up and rebuild it with out a refinish. The frame and fork are Reynolds 531, dropouts are Campy. The lugs are cast Henry James. I carved away the top tang of each of the lugs, but left the bottom tangs intact. After much thinning and shaping, I polished them to a mirror finish, and had Paul S. at Painting Specialties do the final prep and painting. He used Metallic Orchid Imron (I think) and then clear coated the frame and lugs. the clear coating held up fairly well, but as you can see, rust has started to worm its way onto the polished steel lugs and fork crown."
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This was posted by KevinK at the pace line. He evidently built frames at Second Nature. Eugene?

"A few weeks ago, I finally brought it down and decided to clean it up and rebuild it with out a refinish. The frame and fork are Reynolds 531, dropouts are Campy. The lugs are cast Henry James. I carved away the top tang of each of the lugs, but left the bottom tangs intact. After much thinning and shaping, I polished them to a mirror finish, and had Paul S. at Painting Specialties do the final prep and painting. He used Metallic Orchid Imron (I think) and then clear coated the frame and lugs. the clear coating held up fairly well, but as you can see, rust has started to worm its way onto the polished steel lugs and fork crown."
I've seen a few references in posts as well. Mentions of Eugene, the name Les Lunas (cool name), and now Paul S. "Painting Specialties" is one of those names that just doesn't Google well.
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More pics of their handiwork, cleaned up:



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I hear ya. Maybe that shop and Second Nature are long gone. Maybe @gugie, drillium dude(guy?) or some of the other Oregon members would know
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I hear ya. Maybe that shop and Second Nature are long gone. Maybe @gugie, drillium dude(guy?) or some of the other Oregon members would know
calling @VRJAKE?
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calling @VRJAKE?
Not heard of 2nd Nature bike shop in Eugene. Friend Ben, who was a friend of Les Lunas while in college in Eugene, mid-1970's, shared that at some point Les no longer painted bikes but Painting Specialties lived on.
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Not heard of 2nd Nature bike shop in Eugene. Friend Ben, who was a friend of Les Lunas while in college in Eugene, mid-1970's, shared that at some point Les no longer painted bikes but Painting Specialties lived on.
Thanks for the info. Sounds like it was a fixture in the Eugene scene. I'll assume this frame was painted in the "lived on" phase of the shop. Mid nineties? I'm fascinated why somebody would have a mid-level Trek repainted by a pro shop, but that will most likely remain a mystery.

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Painting Specialties was Paul Schwyhart. He painted Co Motion's early frames before they brought it in house.
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