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 Post subject: paint protection
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:26 am 
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My new 29er Rock Hound is due to arrive later this month. :D I'm trying to figure ways to protect my paint and have a question for the forum.

I'm considering having 3M clear bra material applied to the section of the downtube that's subject to rock chips. (bottom section of the tube)

Is this a good idea or will it do more harm than good?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Pat

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 Post subject: paint
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:50 am 
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I'm considering the same thing. I just yesterday picked up my new Crosshairs and the pait job is awesome, but the paint still seems very soft. The shop put a couple of ugly scratches in the paint during build, that they fortunately expertly touched up.

I'm a bit worried about racing this weekend and how it will affect the paint.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:59 am 
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BTW
I'll post pic of the Crosshairs soon (if it ever stops raining). I'll just say that it looks sweet, very stealthy black and silver.

Kudos to everyone at Gunnar


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:45 pm 
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Did you get the Silver to Black Pearl Fade? I would love to see it.

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 Post subject: paint
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:49 pm 
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yeah its really cool


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 2:39 pm 
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That is the color I ordered for my Rock Hound. I would love to see picks of yours.

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 Post subject: pics
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Maybe tomorrow, if the rain ever stops


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 Post subject: photo
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:27 am 
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Hey Pat
For some reason I can't get the jpeg to upload. I sent it to Dave maybe he can get it on the site.

If you want to see a high res photo let me know. You'll have to post an email address for me.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:41 am 
Here is inghammers new ride!

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Last edited by Dave Hellekson on Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:27 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Thanks Dave/Crosshairs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:56 am 
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For the record its built with a shimano ultegra drive train, my old dura-ace 8 speed shifters, ritchey pro post, stem, and bars, a beautiful pewter king headset and black mavic open pro rims 32 spoke laced 3x. Tufo clincher-tubulars round out the package.

My LBS even color matched all the cable housings silver on top black on the bottom.

The pic doesn't do the paint job justice. The silver really sparkles and the black is a really cool smoke/peral/black.

We hung it in the scale and it came up a very light 21 lbs.

Its ready to race


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:10 am 
Some thoughts on 'bike paint bras'. Like the ones that protect the finish of your car, they need to be periodically removed. Otherwise, they trap material underneath them. Water, dirt, etc., Especially since most will be applied underneath the down tube -moisture naturally moves there.

If you periodically remove them, clean, wax, and reapply. It should work fine.


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Will applying the "bra" before the paint fully cures create a problem when I remove it for maintenance? Pat

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Dave, nice bike. Now I'm even more excited about getting my Rock Hound. Nice touch with the housing! It's the small details that matter! Pat

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:26 am 
Yeah, give the paint some time to cure. We bake the paint but it takes about 30 days to finish curing.


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 Post subject: Careful when building up
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:44 am 
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Pat
Be sure to remind you LBS that the paint will still be a little soft and they need to be careful with wrenches, clamps etc. When building the bike up.

I guarantee you're going to love it.


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