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any reason not to repaint my Pista?(15 posts)

any reason not to repaint my Pista?DougSloan
Jan 6, 2003 3:05 PM
I like Celeste, but my Bianchi Pista is flat black. It's sort of cool that way, but, as I said, I like Celeste.

I got some Bianchi touch up spray paint for my other Bianchi's (4), and it seems to go on pretty well.

The Pista will not have any collector value, I assume, particularly when I've added 4 Rivnuts for bottle cages. So, any reason whatsoever not to just spray it the color all Bianchi's should be? Thanks.

re: any reason not to repaint my Pista?fixedgearhead
Jan 6, 2003 3:54 PM
Go ahead and paint it whatever color you want. My Bianchi factory paint chipped and looked horrible just from normal use. I had it professionally repainted and clearcoated and could not be happier. I was having major work done on it and it needed to be painted anyway so it was no big deal.

Why not? Celeste is a great color. -nmTig
Jan 6, 2003 4:13 PM
clear coat it!desmo
Jan 6, 2003 6:09 PM
When I bought my 2001 I had it apart as soon as I got home from the bike shop with the intention of shooting some Celeste or pearl white over that hideous flat black asap. But just for sheets & giggles I thought I'd shoot a bit of automotive clear coat on the black to see if it "glossed" up any. Well, it came out really nice. Looks just like a nice gloss black enamel paint job and it makes the Celeste lettering really stand out (as it gets kind of lost in the flat stuff). You might want to give it a try, it's cheap, easy, and no re-stickering. Of course, when it is ready for a respray I'll probably go with the old Celeste, with maybe cream stays. Cheers, Otis
clear coat it!fixedgearhead
Jan 7, 2003 5:17 AM
An exellent, inexpensive solution and great results. It improves the look 100%.

Exactly. That looks wonderful! -nmTig
Jan 7, 2003 7:12 AM
yours looks better than mineDougSloan
Jan 7, 2003 8:37 AM
Mine has the red lettering, with no celeste to be found. I really do like the look of yours, though.

I might look into powdercoat, too, but that probably costs 10 times a couple cans of spray paint.


clear coat it! -- Message for desmoBlue Crown Jewel
Jan 8, 2003 6:38 AM
What clear coat paint did you use and how did you apply it
tomake sure that it is consistent? I ma picking up a Bianchi DISS (single speed mountain) with the same flat black paint.

Any guidance/information/hints will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
clear coat it! -- Message for desmodesmo
Jan 8, 2003 11:51 AM
I can't be of too much help info wise, as I did the work at a friends auto body shop. It was basically rub down with 0000 synthetic wool, clean with I think mineral spirits (or similar), and tack off the lint. Then I was handed a loaded gun and told to spray. Shot about three light coats. So I'm not sure of the type of paint it was. But imagine pretty generic clear coat. You might try taking it to a body shop if you don't have the spray equipment. I doubt they would charge you much to do it. Good luck, Otis
Spectrum Powder Works = indestructible and beautifullonefrontranger
Jan 7, 2003 8:12 AM
These guys can powdercoat any custom color and are specialists at doing unusual and lovely custom jobs in powdercoat which is the most bombproof finish you can put on metal. They also do powder clearcoats, which if you clearcoat over the decals will keep them from chipping / peeling for a lifetime. I've been to their paintworks and seen demo tubes that they've bent in half, yet the paint is still completely smooth.

If they could match the stock colors for this Yeti:

I'm certain they could do a nice job with celeste. They don't happen to have any Bianchis on their gallery page right now, but there's a tasty retro Colnago restoration shown, all in glossy red and white panel powdercoat that will last forever.
I'll get an estimate; thanks nmDougSloan
Jan 7, 2003 8:38 AM
I'll get an estimate; thanks nmJBergland
Jan 8, 2003 10:49 AM
Spectrum Powder Works specializes in bikes, but they also do other powdercoating... motorcycles, wheels, etc. What that means is that there are other companies that do powdercoating out there. The down side is they might not understand bicycles as well. The up side is they might be cheaper. I found out about a rural powdercoating company through a friend of a friend. They prepped, painted/baked, & detailed an entire car frame (Cobra) for a little over $200.

I would suggest against the spray can. A can is ok for a primer of base coat, but you'll want a spay/paint gun for the finishing layers. Give the 'can method' a try if you like... but I'm willing to bet that you'll be looking at /considering re-paint sooner than later.

Good Luck!!
re: any reason not to repaint my Pista?toonces
Jan 7, 2003 7:42 PM
I ordered a 03 Pista and like the battleship grey. I don't think it has any of that wacky Celeste green. I've heard really good things about Spectrum tho.

Can you buy auto paint in stores and if so is is a spray can type deal so anyone can paint a frame? I have an old steel frame that I'd like to paint something wacky.
re: repaint my Pista?fixedgearhead
Jan 8, 2003 5:24 AM
If you have a good Auto Paint supply store in your area they often times have a system that will load the paint color you want into a spray can so that would provide a convienent method of painting a frame. It is expensive but when you concider the alternative, not so bad. One can should be enough to do the frame. You would need to sand and prep the frame of course, and prime the appropriate spots.

re: repaint my Pista?JBergland
Jan 8, 2003 2:03 PM
"You would need to sand and prep the frame of course, and prime the appropriate spots."

Having repainted a couple different bikes (to various degrees of success), I've been amazed at the factory paint some companies put on. Having a frame well prepped is a real key to a successful paint job. Anything that isn't as it should be won't get any better after a couple coats of paint. That's not to say prepping isn't a challenging and time consuming process!! I've had frames that I have spent hours with a sandblaster trying to get the factory paint off... others have come clear with some mild chemical/stripers. It can take some effort to get a nice paint job done right the first time (much easier the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc... learning from my mistakes!!).