First paint job is complete.Whats the verdict? Well, I can't call myself a professional painter yet, after all this is the first one, however it is doable and the second one is already in the works. After making the first initial mistakes I sanded it down, cleaned the slate, and reshot it. I worked out the stencil and logo issues I had on the first attempt and I have to say I was pretty happy with how it turned out. There were a couple of rough spots around the edges of the letters but other than that not bad. So now its time to clear coat it. I had a fresh can of clear coat that the catalyst had never been broken so I planned on using that. What I forgot was that when I bought this clear a while back I had them put a pearl finish in it. So thats why it has that frosted look to it. Each coat of clear I put on the frame it got a little more frosty looking. Ever onward! Just roll with it. It is what it is. Let's get the next one in the booth. Progress to be made. I'm pulling out the big guns on the next one.
This is an older used frame that was laying around so I stripped it down and decided to make use of it. Its a solid cross frame with a mono stay and its got some nice fillets. The fork is a 1 1/8" steel so its beefy and solid and should ride like its on rails. Should you want to lighten it up a little for the races you can always throw some Easton carbon on it. You could make it sub-18 pretty easy.
Handmade and painted by me in Arkansas. Ace's Wild Custom is still the man when it comes to painting the customers frames however I'm gonna continue painting random frames in order to make them a little more my own and perhaps before long they'll start looking sweet. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from building your own frame and painting it makes it that much more special. I'm a fly fisherman and so quite a few years ago I started tying all my own flies. Then I started building custom fly rods. That first fish that you catch on your own fly you have to give him a big kiss and then show him the rod that hauled him in before sending him back out on his way. It gives him something to tell his buddies later that night at the bar. He'll say, "Man, I swear it looked just like a real sow bug, and you should seen the stick that cowboy was carrying. I know he didn't just go buy that at the fly shop, no way man, that stuff was custom." This conversation at the bar between fishes never takes place though if you decide to throw him on the grill. Although his buddies might be hangin around the bar having a beer and be asking if anyone knows where their buddy is. Fish do some crazy stuff man. Ever seen Arizona Dream with Johnny Depp and Vincent Gallo?
Theres that trademark painted seat lug. I have to say this turned out rather nicely. I like it.
What is that on the chain stays? I'm not sure. I thought I had a swanky plan but sometimes things don't go as planned. Oh well, live and learn. Don't think this is the last time I'm gonna get swanky with it. Its just gonna take a little time to dial it in. One of these days I'm gonna do a full-on graffiti bike. I'm gonna paint the tires and everything. Imagine just painting over a $3000 Super Record gruppo. I think that might be considered bike blasphemy.
It actually looked much better before the frosty pearl clear coat was added. It won't affect the ride, it may even help pick up some swanky women.
Whats next? You'll see next week. I've got about three more frames to paint and then I should be a professional. Just kidding. If there are any frame builders checking this out and you've never painted one of your own frames, let me tell ya, it ain't easy. You should go give your painter a big thank you hug and maybe buy him a gift. Always tip the painters. Gotta keep'em happy. The website is getting closer to done. I hoped it would be finished already but it needs another week or so. Have a good weekend and Happy Easter.