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Bianchi buffs(5 posts)

Bianchi buffsmackgoo
May 31, 2001 6:30 PM
Greetings, I'm planning on freshening up the trusted steed this winter, some fresh paint. I've been trying to get some definitive answers on paint codes. Although I have'nt given up on them, Bianchi thus far has not been very enlightening. I'm sure I just need to get in the right channels.
Any way does any one know of the paint codes or "name" of the contemporary Celeste? I'd also be interested in finding out about the black and yellow that is used.
Another question; This is a Ti Mega tube. I have always been partial to the classic chrome chain stays. I was thinking in this case I would leave the rear triangle bare Titanium in the traditional areas for the chrome. Does any one have any suggestions on how to achieve this effect? I was thinking of polishing, should I finish it with anything? How about anodizing?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
re: Bianchi buffskeith m.
Jun 1, 2001 7:44 AM
I think you can order the paint (celeste) right off the website if I'm not mistaken. The black used on the EV2's is not paint but a chemical process, to keep weight to a minimum they claim. as for the polished stays, I'd just mask them off before you paint, but I'd do the polishing first. If you cant get the celeste from the website you can take a sample to an automotive paint supply and ask them for help matching it. The later model Bianchi's use a three step pearl paint. I would not anodize or clearcoat the Ti, just polish it.
Jun 1, 2001 8:03 AM
There are so many Celestes, sometimes even on the same bike, you can not hope to match it with paint from Bianchi. Their touchup is "Celeste" but will almost certainly not match what you have.

The advice I got was to go to a good automotive paint shop and try to get them to match it, or else just totally repaint the bike. You can get powdercoat in a Celeste-like color.
re: Bianchi buffsAndy M-S
Jun 1, 2001 2:58 PM
Don't paint your bike--have it powdercoated. I had my old Bianchi done by Spectrum Powderworks--frame done in celeste with a clearcoat, then decals applied--for $175, shipped back to me. I didn't have them do the fork because I was replacing it with Carbon.

They did a killer job, and they can do lots of special effects. Check 'em out at
Spectrum Powder WorksMeDotOrg
Jun 1, 2001 3:15 PM
I had a conversation with Steelman about having a frame built - and asked about a custom panel paint job. They told me that their custom paint jobs get referred to Spectrum...sound like a good recommendation.