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litespeed paint just peeled off!(24 posts)

litespeed paint just peeled off!the bull
Mar 21, 2003 7:56 PM
I was taking off the Duraace and noticed a large scratch
on the downtube.I like to pick at things and noticed it felt loose.The next thing I know a peice the size of a quarter just peeled off!Oh crap I thought the next thing I know I was peeling the litespeed like a fricken tangerine!
Took me 30 minutes and look at what I found underneath!!!
I like it!
look at the actuall paint!the bull
Mar 21, 2003 7:58 PM
This is like some kinda plastic!Weird.
Your bike was painted with Linoleum??? nmhycobob
Mar 22, 2003 6:56 PM
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?Matno
Mar 21, 2003 8:15 PM
Is that just the standard ti finish or is it bare metal? Paint over paint never works very well. My father-in-law's mountain bike did the same thing. It was white underneath though. (Which was weird because that particular frame never came in white!) The bare metal color looks kind of cool, but I'd be ticked if it were my bike. I don't like that kind of surprise (unless the bike started out pink and was a really good deal...)
what started out bad became good!nmthe bull
Mar 21, 2003 8:24 PM
Am I understanding it right?Qubeley
Mar 18, 2003 10:12 AM
You peeled the entire paint of the bike, with your bare hand? Now that's talent!
yes but its not paint!the bull
Mar 22, 2003 3:54 AM
this is what is so interesting.
Whin I was a younger I had a klien took me 2 days to sand off paint.
This stuff was like hard plastic-Just peeled off.
My thumb nail is a little sore but just a little.
I had the same problem only...Akirasho
Mar 21, 2003 9:24 PM

... just kidding...

Be the bike.
thats a good one lol ! nmthe bull
Mar 22, 2003 3:57 AM
About your Deda stem...jtferraro
Mar 21, 2003 10:31 PM
how do you like it? What hbar? I'm considering upgrading my stem & hbar in the near future and am highly considering a Deda set-up.


alot - it is stiffer and weighs less than anything I ever had!nmthe bull
Mar 22, 2003 3:59 AM
Cool. Do you have it coupled w/a Deda hbar, too? (nm)jtferraro
Mar 22, 2003 11:00 AM
yes oversized-causes computer mount problems but I use..the bull
Mar 22, 2003 1:14 PM
a small zip-tie through the screw holes and it works great!
oh yeah get from for 155(both!)nmthe bull
Mar 22, 2003 1:16 PM
Thanks (nm)jtferraro
Mar 22, 2003 3:47 PM
Litespeed will refinish for repaintor $200.NASA Noddler
Mar 22, 2003 2:44 AM
That Huffy thing was funny.

I have a painted Litespeed. I considered a different color last year. A painted litespeed has a prepped finish so the paint will stick (You found out different).

They will repaint for $200. Or you can have then buff the Titanium and reapply Litespeed stickers for $200.

They also charge $200 to strip off an old paint job. Maybe I'll do that myself when if i ever decide to repaint.
they are charging to much!the bull
Mar 22, 2003 4:08 AM
I wonder how IF paints their ti bikes(if they use paint or plastic) and if they would do mine.I like the orange paint litespeed has) have I might do that.but IF has better paint jobs on there steel bikes(never seen a ti IF painted).
I dont really want to remove the headset if I dont have to
and though I am not a weight weenie it does weigh less with out the "plaint" job.
Seems like...Matno
Mar 22, 2003 5:53 AM
they should repaint it for free if your paint job was so crummy. They would have to be a pretty crummy company not to take care of an oversight like that!

Please tell me you saved the "paint" and weighed it! Good for your psychological speed advantage... :^)
weight was the same as about 2 sheets of paper...the bull
Mar 22, 2003 10:06 AM
but when the wind hits it there will be more turbulance cause it not as smooth so it should equal out right?
IF want's big bucks for there paintAmbishawn
Mar 23, 2003 12:21 PM
I was gonna get a custom paint job on My Crown Jewel steel and they wanted $900 over the normal price. I had them paint my fork, do a two color scheme with points seperating the two colors and had my name put on the top tube and that put it $200 over the normal price. I must admit, the paint is done with exceptional Quality. Yeah they paint there Ti frames. There 2003 website is out and it features a Painted Ti Crown Jewel. They use PPG paints on all there frames steel or Ti. I'm not sure If they will paint a Litespeed for you. Theres a lady in the Santa Clairita Bike Club who has a Ti Crown Jewel in Bare Ti Except the black painted panels. I liked it without paint. They have a shot peened finish thats really unique. The welding was just as good as My Moots. I almost bought this frame but had a burning desire to get steel and still have no regrets as the frame rides like magic.
You found my Sampson! (nm)terry b
Mar 22, 2003 7:59 AM
Do you have a Silverton? nmhycobob
Mar 22, 2003 7:01 PM
My guess is the Team Issue frames were never paintedFez
Mar 22, 2003 8:01 AM
These were special frames that the Colorado Cyclist team were racing on a few years back. Looks like that was some kind of adhesive overlay and not paint - that's why it was so easy to remove. It also sounded like the decals were applied directly over that "adhesive." I think its a good thing, because I'm not a fan of any paint on titanium and it looked real easy to remove.

I hear Litespeed painted frames are fully prepped and use quality PPG paint. The decals are then applied and a clearcoat is applied at the end. They do charge some $300+ for the paint. I'm not a fan of paint, but I hear they do a very good job.
re: litespeed paint just peeled off!Rhettnibelung
Mar 22, 2003 8:20 AM
I also have a Team Issue from Colorado Cyclist. My understanding is that they weren't painted by Litespeed but by Spectrum Paints in Colorado (can anyone confirm this?). I've always thought the Spectrum Paint was a lot better than the standard issue Litespeed paint job. Now I'm starting to wonder.