TAXI!, and, another Anatomy of a Paint Job

March 29th, 2009

So Eric’s belt-drive commuter is done (still waiting on the drivetrain, watch this space!) and it’s a knockout:


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And here are some closeups of the detachable seat stay:

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And now it’s time for another ANATOMY OF A PAINT JOB! Are you excited?
It all started with this mockup that Eric sent me. We later decided to do the writing in white, and I adjusted the size of the seat tube panel to reflect his frame dimensions:


So the first thing you need to know about all our paint jobs is, it’s all paint. We have decals for our logos, and we cut a ton of vinyl, but it’s only as a stencil – we don’t use any vinyl on the finished bike. When you see plaids or lace or any other graphics, it’s all paint. So a checker pattern? That means designing the band in illustrator and sizing it precisely so it will wrap all the way around. The frame has been primed (using white primer which will help the yellow pop) and I’ve sprayed white generally where the bands will be:

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You can see I’m using a piece of tape as a guide to lay the checks down. Next I spray yellow on any areas that will be yellow, and then I apply Spray Mask around the lugs and dropouts. That dries overnight and then I use an x-acto to cut a nice line and mask off everything that’s going to stay yellow:

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And then I shoot black:

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Now comes the “fun” part, fun in the sense of terrifying and painstaking – pulling off the bandages! I’m using a wood paint stirrer that I filed into a ramp to get all the checks off, and of course they get everywhere. But when I’m done, it’s ready for decals and clearcoat!

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Then I polish up the head badge and dropout faces, apply Frame Saver, and it’s ready for components!

Next: finishing AJ’s tourer, more Geekhouse, and hopefully, belt drive in action!

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7 Responses to “TAXI!, and, another Anatomy of a Paint Job”

  1. Nelson says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    What cheer indeed!

  2. weisenheimer says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 8:01 am

    my god that is so sweet. Chapeau.

  3. mattsmith says:

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    wow, absolutely incredible. is there a website or something where I could create the type of mock-up that the customer sent you?

  4. Allison says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    To Chris and Eric – Bravo! This NY girl is just smiling from ear-to-ear. That paintjob puts me smack in the middle of Madison Ave, taxi horns blaring. Looking forward to photos of the belt drive when installed.

  5. admin says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    The blank mockup is something Brian created in Illustrator, allowing us to try different colors just to get a feel for it. Eric went the extra mile with the checkerboard pattern!

  6. NW says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Well as they say…mind blowing work

  7. Stevil says:

    April 13th, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Unreal. It just keeps getting better.

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