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Old 07-05-09, 11:29 PM
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My Bianchi Project

So this is how I've been spending quite a bit of time/money so far this summer. I totally revamped my Bianchi. The frame/components are the same, but just about everything else is new. The paint is just Krylon with LOTS of prep work!

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Old 07-05-09, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by KevRC4130 View Post
So this is how I've been spending quite a bit of time/money so far this summer. I totally revamped my Bianchi. The frame/components are the same, but just about everything else is new. The paint is just Krylon with LOTS of prep work!

[before]



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I liked it better red..
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Old 07-05-09, 11:46 PM
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Looks sweet. If only you'd have a green brooks seat or brown leather bar tape, that would look awesome. Nice job!
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Old 07-06-09, 12:26 AM
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I like your new color scheme a lot better than the original red. It looks like you did a good job with the spray cans, can we have some nice close ups?
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Old 07-06-09, 09:33 AM
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I like your new color scheme a lot better than the original red. It looks like you did a good job with the spray cans, can we have some nice close ups?
I'll try to get some close ups today.

The paint definitely has some flaws, and I'm not sure if it has quite proven its durability yet. But, it was my first time doing anything like this, so I don't really mind. Overall, yes, the paint is remarkably smooth and even for a rattlecan job. It is a matte finish, which I think helped in keeping it look even (though not particularly OEM). My favorite part is that the white stripes are actually painted (again spray can + masking tape) but are so even they could be stickers. The headtube is hand painted, which has its own texture that works IMO.
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I like the new frame color, but I don't like the blue accents. I think brown tape and black/brown tires would look very good. The paint does look great for from a can though!
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I like the entire package. I have always wanted an orange bike and I like colorful accents. Italian bikes should be flashly, the British bikes drab.
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Pretty, and unusual

Nice color, actually. I might swap out the bar tape for one that matches the seat.
(opinions, opinions...) Otherwise, a really nice revamping.
How did you prep? Did you clear-coat over the color? and what was your buff-out process?

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Old 07-06-09, 12:42 PM
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I like it, I think you did a good job!

One suggestion if you ever do another bike. When you do panels like you have or apply panel decals there is a proper way that they are laid out. If you ran a level horizontal line (parallel to the top tube) from the bottom of the seat tube panel over to the down tube, that is where the bottom of the down tube panel should be. Another horizontal line from the top of seat tube panel over to the down tube is where the top of the down tube panel should be. It is about balance.

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Old 07-06-09, 05:24 PM
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Well actually the "panels" (which I'm assuming you mean are the white decals) are actually painted on.





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