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Repainting completed(45 posts)

Repainting completedDougSloan
Jan 19, 2003 12:26 PM
I repainted and rebuilt my Bianchi Pista, which was formerly flat black with red lettering; cleaned, sanded, primed, painted, clear coated; changed out a few parts along the way, like the crummy bottom bracket for a Record, as well as the headset. The lettering is a little off, as those water transfer letters are really, really hard to handle and get set; they are very thin and fragile. This is with factory Celeste spray and pearlescent clear coat. Whaddya think?

I also had fouled up the paint on the top tube of my EV2, around the area where the formerly yellow part turned into dark blue stripes on the top tube. So, I just painted and clear coated over all the non-celeste parts:

Here are 4 of the 5 Bianchi bikes hanging in the garage: steel Alloro, EV2, Milano, Pista (there's a 1980 Rekord up stairs on the Computrainer:

re: Repainting completedmollythedog
Jan 19, 2003 12:33 PM
nice collection!!!
... the Celeste... trial godz are smiling...Akirasho
Jan 19, 2003 12:45 PM
Awesome views!

Be the bike.
Jan 19, 2003 12:58 PM
Look out, Joe Bell...
they look greatgtx
Jan 19, 2003 1:29 PM
Nice work, Doug!

My first good bike was a celest Bianchi Nuovo Racing, bought it at age 15 with all my savings. I'd still love to have another celest Bianchi.

So do you mean to say you sprayed them yourself? Very cool. Where'd you get the paint? Where and how did you do it? Did you rent equipment? Careful, though, painters tend to get a bit funny in the head after a while. ;)
Jan 19, 2003 3:26 PM
Got spray touch up from Bianchi USA; not cheap, but matches perfectly and went on well.

I'm done painting for a while, asss mmy hed is feelng a ltttle funnnee...

stem police....Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 19, 2003 1:58 PM
Seeing all those Bianchi's made me "schwing"... nice collection

Where did you get the campagnolo stickers? They look sweet - I have been thinking of putting "Campagnolo" and "Dedaccia" stickers on my EV2.
Campy decalsDougSloan
Jan 19, 2003 3:24 PM
Got the Campy decals at Branford; seems like the frames needed something there.

you did the painting yourself?rufus
Jan 19, 2003 2:11 PM
very nice. now you just need to find some celeste saddles.
Nice collection Doug. I notice you...rwbadley
Jan 19, 2003 2:17 PM
like to drop the brakes way down on the bar. Does this allow you to reach the lever better from the drop? or..?

Good job on the resto. I really like the fixie!

Jan 19, 2003 3:23 PM
Just where I like them; with the big curvy descents around here, the brakes need to be comfortable to reach from the drops, as you spend a lot of time on and off the brakes.


Wow, that really worked wellTig
Jan 19, 2003 2:53 PM
Nice work! If you said the EV2 and Pista were factory painted, we'd never know you really did it, judging by the pictures. I never liked the dark part of a stock EV2 either. A solid Celeste frame is a timeless classic, no matter the model. Please don't sell the EV2, OK?
Jan 19, 2003 3:21 PM
Won't sell the EV2; can't get any money for it; besides, I need at least one light bike.

Jan 19, 2003 3:25 PM
First, I'd like to say, that's a very nice collection of bikes. I've never been a fan of celeste paint. I know it's just a personal color preference. Is there some history behind celeste, or is it just a color that has become connected with Bianchi?

I really like the Campagnolo sticker, the non-Ergo left lever with, I assume, a downtube shifter, and the celeste bottle cages. Are the hoods on the two levers the same size and shape?
Jan 19, 2003 3:29 PM
The Record non-ergo levers are exacty the same as the Ergo, just without the shifter guts and small lever. The hoods are the same.

Celeste goes waaaay back with Bianchi. To me, all Bianchis must be Celeste, that's why I repainted the Pista.


Jan 19, 2003 4:21 PM
I remember (perhaps) from long ago that the factory was running out of paint for a production run, mixed a few odds and ends together (blues and greens) and that is what ended up. Like Ferrari red, ran out of red so they threw some orange in it. The rest is history.
Jan 19, 2003 4:35 PM
The story goes that Bianchi was looking to paint their frames after WWII. The country was out of everything, paint included. The only thing they could get their hands on, was Navy ship surplus color, celeste/blue. The rest is history...
Also, DougSloan, where did you bake your frame?
Seems like a weird color for a ship (nm)bsdc
Jan 19, 2003 5:58 PM
I guess, the Mediterranean used to be cleaner... nmseyboro
Jan 19, 2003 6:02 PM
celeste storiesDougSloan
Jan 19, 2003 8:06 PM

I saw more stories of the origins of celeste, but can't find them now. There are several myths.
EV2 before paintingDougSloan
Jan 19, 2003 3:36 PM
Here's the EV2 in it's messed up condition before repainting; I ruined the paint on the top tube by clamping it with brake cleaner on the frame (from now on, I'll never clamp directly on the frame); really didn't have much choice with this one:

If the Law thing does not work out for you.....Alpedhuez55
Jan 19, 2003 3:57 PM
I think you have second career to fall back on!!!

They look great. There is something about a Celeste bike. I will have to find the picture of a Cafe I saw in Copenhagen, Denmark that was painted Celeste.

Mike Y.
Sign of a true weight weenie...biknben
Jan 19, 2003 6:06 PM
Berkley scale hanging from the garage door track. I have the same one. I like the idea of putting a chain through the hole as I often have trouble finding something to hang the scale from.

Nice collection!!!
Jan 19, 2003 7:55 PM
I'm always afraid of what I'll show in the garage photos. Didn't intend that one. Hey, even if not superlight, you still gotta know, right? :-)


Jan 19, 2003 8:41 PM
Have been lusting after a nice celeste bike for years...beautiful garage!
trivia question for board oldiesDougSloan
Jan 20, 2003 8:43 AM
I bought one of the bikes shown hanging in the garage from someone who frequents this board. Anyone know which bike and who it was? (that person is not allowed to play, of course).

trivia question for board oldiesJBergland
Jan 21, 2003 1:58 PM
Hmmmmm... I took a 'sabbatical'from RBR for a while so I'm missing the EXACT answer... so maybe some others can help me out. I know it's not your EV2 (unless it's not your original 'light bike') nor your original 'first bike' Bianchi. I thought you bought the Milano from a local shop as something just to cruise around/have fun on. I have no idea about the Pista. Can anyone help me out a little??
Jan 21, 2003 2:06 PM
It's one of the heavier bikes, and the seller was in Colorado at the time.

Jan 23, 2003 6:00 AM
Hmmmmmmm.... those synapses are still not connecting. Must be the Milano because all of your other bikes would be considered 'lighter'. The seller?? I'll just throw out a name and say HH.
Jan 23, 2003 6:51 AM
Milano. Tjeanloz, before his highfalutin investment banker days.
Jan 23, 2003 8:07 AM
Aaaahh... good ol' TJ!! Wish he was still in the bikin' bizzzz... lots of GREAT info!!!!
Great work Doug!velocity
Jan 20, 2003 9:30 AM
Looks like a professional paint job.

And it looks like your garage is put to good use as well!
re: Repainting completedBriton
Jan 20, 2003 10:00 AM
Nice bikes! How did you approach attaching the water bottle cages to the Pista? Did you braze bosses on or did you use nutserts or rivet nuts?
Jan 20, 2003 10:08 AM
Another poster here was kind enough to send me some RivNuts. They work fine. They don't look very good when the bottle cages are not mounted, but while mounted you can hardly see them.

RivNutsDan Q
Jan 20, 2003 10:51 AM
Where can I get some (actually one) of these. This is what my mtb. has for the waterbottles and one of them is loose. The sound is terrible as it vibrates its way down the trail.
not sureDougSloan
Jan 20, 2003 11:41 AM
RivNut has a website; I got mine from a kind poster here who just happened to have some.

Jan 20, 2003 11:16 AM

Nice bikes. I was wondering how exactly you did the paintjob on the EV2. Also, how many cans of paint did it take?

Do you like to ride of the frameset? I am contemplating buying a used framset identical to yours and mounting my Daytona 10spd on it. If I buy it, I would like to paint the fork celeste. Thanks for your input!

Jan 20, 2003 11:40 AM
The EV2 ride is not harsh in a vertical compliance sense, but a little buzzy compared to steel or carbon. It's not nearly as stiff in the bb as the C40, but sufficiently so.

It took about half a can of celeste spray for the EV2 cover up and fork, then some clear coat. For the total repaint of the Pista, that was just under 2 cans. It took a little more, proportionally for the EV2, as I had to do some sanding and blending between coats to make it seamless in the transitions to the exisiting paint. You can buy the paint at the Bianchi USA website.

No celeste saddles on your nice collection of bikes? ;^)velocity
Jan 20, 2003 12:35 PM
A Bianchi celeste saddle came stock with my celeste Veloce. I believe you can get these too from Bianchi USA if you're interested.

Next time I replace the bartape on this bike was thinking of switching from celeste to dark blue or black. What do you think?
saddles, etc.DougSloan
Jan 20, 2003 1:31 PM
Saddles are one of those things where color is not the primary factor. If a Flite ti or SLR were made in celeste, I'd get them. I haven't seen them, though. (do note celeste Look pedals on two bikes)

I usually use black tape on my bikes, but I'm on a celeste binge lately. When I get it all cruddied up, I'll probably go back to black.

saddles, etc.Andy M-S
Jan 20, 2003 2:10 PM
Bianchi sold a celeste flite for a while, but alas, no more. They were nice and plain, with no medallions.

My Bianchi has celeste tape and a black Flite...maybe black tape next time, but the monochrome look is just so nice...
I must say Doug...JBergland
Jan 21, 2003 1:32 PM
... that is one of the nicest paint jobs from a 'can' I think I have ever seen!! Most of the time I have ever used a 'can', about ½ way through, the paint starts to come out uneven. I also find it hard to control the spray and over spray. Apparently YOU don't have those problems!! Your Pista and EV2 look factory!! How did the clear coat go on? Any area(s) where there wasn't a good 'match' with the already existing clear coat?? Anyway... GREAT JOB!!!!

Take Care!!
good paint may be the secretDougSloan
Jan 21, 2003 1:58 PM
The paint went on really well. It should, I suppose, at $20 for a small can of paint and clear coat (packaged together).

I was careful to clean, sand, and apply only light coats each time; it took about a week to complete each one, with a few minutes here and there. I had a couple of runs, but I sanded them down and sort of started over in those places.

The clear coat went on fine, too. Again, I think the secret is not be in a hurry, doing just a light coat each round.

The paint and clear coat matched perfectly. I was amazed. I originally did the EV2 only because I had messed up the factory paint. It went so well that I decided to take on the whole Pista frame and fork. I primed the Pista, which may have helped.

What cranks are on your Bianchi Pista?jvr-oclv
Jan 31, 2003 5:48 AM
Are those the stock cranks that came with your Bianchi Pista or aftermarket? If there are aftermarket who's the MFG?
stock "Bianchi" labelled. nmDougSloan
Jan 31, 2003 7:39 AM