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Old 02-16-06, 01:39 PM   #1
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What kind of finish is this?

I have a Yamaguchi pursuit frame that I love absolutely to bits and ride now as a street fixie. The finish it came with is quite captivating, and I'm looking into getting the same finish, or one like it, but another color, on my new bike. However, I have no idea what sort of paint/powdercoat/whatever it is..

I'm going to burn in hell for this sh(te camera-photo, but it'll give you an idea of what it looks like

It is an almost iridescent, matte metallic grey. You can see the silver of the fillet brazes right through it. The finish itself may not even be metallic, just translucent enough to let the shine of the steel come through. Basically it is simply extremely even, slightly translucent, and silky smooth.

It picks up dirt a little more readily than I'd like, but I've come to love its subdued but sexxay lustre more than my shiny painted frame. It seems too uniform to be canned spraypaint, but I could be wrong.

Any ideas? I'm hoping its some type of powdercoat, because that would be both less expensive to apply to the other frame and more durable overall, I think.
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Old 02-16-06, 04:25 PM   #2
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Did you get it used? I don't see any decals, so it might not even be a Yamaguchi. Or maybe, the owner did a custom repaint job. It's pretty much impossible to tell from the completely out-of-focus photo. Were you trying to focus in on the ground or something?
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I'm not a Yama expert, but I'd be seriously suprised if it was a powdercoat. Seems to me that it's some sort of silver-purple pearl, or maybe a silver with a purple flip or vice-versa.

You'd be best hitting up a painter like Dave Sem or someone as they'd be able to probably tell you straight away.

If it's a stock Yama colour, maybe try e-mailling them?
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Could be a pearlized powdercoat or a pearl clear paint applied over a clear powdercoat. It is quite hard to tell from the photo. I've only heard about the former and have done the latter. Seeing it in "person" would definetly help considerably.
I'll be watching to see what others think it is.
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