I got caught up so I got this cross frame down to do a little painting prep work on it. This is the one with the tapered head tube and its been hanging up in the garage for a few months now waiting on some attention. It has been primered all along but it needed sanded and smoothed out in order to paint. I saw a Mini Cooper the other day that caught my eye and I'm gonna use the paint colors off of it. No I'm not gonna tell you, its a surprise.
Bell-shaped head tube. This is pretty smooth but you can still see a little area where the down tube comes in that needs a little more work. Pictures come in handy because many times you think everything is super-smooth until you see a picture of it and then you realize you didn't go as far as you could've. The yellow primer is the epoxy primer for protection and painting purposes whereas the grey is the filler primer and is used to smooth out any imperfections, providing they are not significant. When sanding the frame I usually sand the filler primer down to the point that the yellow starts to show and then stop.
This is still pretty rough and needs some more work however I've already gone back and smoothed it out. Contrary to belief, paint hides and fills nothing, it enhances everything. That little spot that you thought paint would fill in, lets multiply that times 3 and make sure even the cross-eyed bear can see it.
This is what it should look like...
The filler primer doesn't seem to fill up much unless its your serial number. I had to scrape some of it out. With 2-3 coats of primer, then 3-4 coats of paint, the letters can disappear pretty quick.