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Paint before reaming and facing, or after?

Old 06-12-18, 09:13 AM
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Paint before reaming and facing, or after?

I just completed building my first frame and I'm in the process of cleaning it up and prepping for paint, but not sure if it's better to paint first prior to reaming, chasing and facing, or paint afterwards.

What's the best way to get it done?

Thanks in advance.

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I like to do it before paint, that way you don't have to worry about marring the fresh, soft paint job afterwards. Mask off what you can, and just a quick light clean-up after paint ought to suffice.
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Agreed, paint is the last step. I will cut the edges of the shell/head tube and file off the face paint after the paint job just as I chase out any threads after too. Andy
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As both a builder and painter I also vote for prepping 1st before painting. It is easy to do a little damage to a fresh paint job. Also I want to make sure everything is ready to ride before painting and sometimes one can find issues that need correcting during the face/chase work. I use a knife for a little paint removal like on the ends of the head tube for example before installing components.
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