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Bianchi question for Doug Sloan(14 posts)

Bianchi question for Doug Sloanjeff27
May 9, 2003 6:20 AM
Hello Doug,
I saw one of the pics of your XL EV2 that you had painted all celeste.
It looked really classic, and has inspired me get my XL2 repainted traditional celeste. I was wondering if you had you frame stripped completely? The reason for my question is I have the black/yellow version and according to some info I read the black color isn't paint but actually a combination solution/heat treatment hard coat finish. I'm wondering if by having the frame stripped would it be damaged in the process? Did you run into this? Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this. Jeff Hall
not sureDougSloan
May 9, 2003 6:33 AM
I know the black on the aluminum is some sort of "chemical treatment," but that's all I know. It could be anodizing. I woudln't have any idea whether it could or needs to be stripped before painting.

On mine, I simply sanded down the yellow part, primed, and then repainted and clear coated.

I repainted my entire Pista frame, which had been all black, by the same method. However, before you do this, my amateur paint job looks pretty decent with the Bianchi factory celeste, but the paint is not nearly as tough as factory, possibly from not being baked. It stays a little soft (far from brittle like some factory paint), and I need to touch it up fairly often. Nonetheless, the touch up is easy -- I just squirt on some spray that matches perfectly.

If I were redoing an entire frame that is valuable to me, I'd have it professionally done, maybe powder coated.

Definately having it done...jeff27
May 9, 2003 6:45 AM
I think I'll try emailing bianchi usa, see what they might
have to say. As for having it done, I talked to Pete Weigle,
and I think he can do it, providing he can squeeze it in time wise. Lucky for me, celeste is one of his favorite colors. Thanks again for the info.
Peter Weigle repainted my wife's Pinarello.dzrider
May 9, 2003 6:52 AM
The results are magnificent. Although it sounds impossible, the color is both the same and better than the original. His attention to detail in matching the original decals is remarkable. I would, however, recommend having something else to ride while he gets it done. Art, in this case anyway, is not to be rushed.
I agree....jeff27
May 9, 2003 6:59 AM
dzrider, I agree whole heartedly. lucky for me i do have another ride. pegoretti palosanto that i really enjoy, but
i gotta have my bianchi too, in celeste.
Hey Jeff where are you from?Frith
May 9, 2003 7:25 AM
If you don't mind me asking. I noticed your last name is Hall and I remembered I know a Jeff Hall. Not the most uncommon last name in the world but hey. He's in Ontario if I'm not mistaken.
Sorry Frith, I'm a Nutmegger.....jeff27
May 9, 2003 7:31 AM
live in Portland, CT. Yeah, Hall isn't too uncommon.
easy for me to spell though! Wife likes it too, she had
a really long italian name, woof.

Hey, I'm from Glastonburydzrider
May 9, 2003 7:56 AM
I really enjoy the "roller coaster" roads you have in Portland. Almost every street name in the NW part of town contains the word hill!
dzrider it's a small world.....jeff27
May 9, 2003 8:09 AM
Well, I might have known that someone else on this board
lived close by, but I never imagined this close! Very cool. I live on Michele Drive, just over the line. Yes, we got some good hills, but southern Glastonbury has it's share as well. Where do you do most of your riding, we may have crossed paths. When I'm riding up around home, I'm usually traipsing around Foote, Hopewell, Matson, New london tpke, Rt. 83 and 94, or head over to northern Marlborough and down and across through East Hampton and
the backroads of Portland. Work in Saybrook, so weeknight rides are down that away.
I commute to Hartford from Neipsic Rd during the week.dzrider
May 9, 2003 9:18 AM
On weekends I go where the spirit takes me. Often over Penfield Hill and through Cobalt towards Haddam. I like to go back into EHampton, down 16 to the covered bridge, over Bull Hill, through Marlborough and back into G'bury from the east. For shorter rides I go down Old Maids Lane to the river, up Dug Rd, Foote RD around Matson Hill and down Woodland St.

Wednesday Pig Iron rides?
nice roads back there....jeff27
May 9, 2003 9:34 AM
Yes, penfield and 16 are good. old maids lane i usually wind up going up it to get home. i haven't had a chance
to hook up with pig iron rides, being in saybrook at the
end of the day I just shoot out of work and go for 1-2 hrs right after. essex, deep river, winthrop, chester or over the river to old lyme. so many nice roads tucked away in CT.
Whats the source for factory celeste paint? (nm)Mariowannabe
May 9, 2003 7:34 AM
Bianchi USA, i believe. (nm)jeff27
May 9, 2003 7:38 AM
yup, and it ain't cheapDougSloan
May 9, 2003 7:53 AM

Takes two cans (2 color and 2 clear, actually) to do a whole bike, after priming.