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Old 01-17-21, 06:36 PM
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Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Looks great.....now you can do the lug lining on my Paramount.
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Big thanks xiaoman1 for the tips and advice.
Very nice. It looks great. I very much like paint in a fluted seat post.

But there's an easier way. The one time I painted a fluted seat post like that, I didn't bother masking anything. I painted the flutes freehand, being reasonably careful, waited it for it to dry, then used a single-sided razor blade to scrape off anything that wasn't in the flute. Lay the blade across both sides of the flute and scrape gently. That gives a nice, crisp line, and it's then easy to scrape off any other overage. An X-acto knife would work just as well. Heck, a pocket knife would probably work just as well. A credit card might work just as well, Mine came out rather nicely; it certainly passed the five-foot test and probably the one foot test. (I can't check because I no longer have the seat post.)

This technique has limited applicability. It is 100% not recommended for cleaning up pinstriping on a frame. But it works great on a seat post.
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bikingshearer I actually did use my box cutter with a fresh blade to clean up the edges on the flutes. Thanks for pointing that out it could help another BF member attempting this. It made the edges cleaner with minimal touch up needed

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Old 01-17-21, 10:30 PM
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I was on a painting theme today. Started the morning painting the exterior of my home until it got around 86 where it got too hot to continue. In the meantime went to Michael's for some Testors paint. Im hooked.









And house painting while the wife sipped wine and supervised.


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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.

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Big thanks xiaoman1 for the tips and advice.
Nice! I've painted a few and did the tape thing a couple of times but it was too tedious, Then I tried just painting without worrying about overspray/overpaint then scrubbed the seatposts with #000 steel wool. Worked like a charm, no scratches.
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bikingshearer I actually did use my box cutter with a fresh blade to clean up the edges on the flutes. Thanks for pointing that out it could help another BF member attempting this. It made the edges cleaner with minimal touch up needed
Giving advise that might have been usefull before but is completely useless now - hey, that's what I do. You're welcome.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Giving advise that might have been usefull before but is completely useless now - hey, that's what I do. You're welcome.
Lol I see it being useful for someone in the future looking into painting flutes. Hey if they come across ur razor blade/box cutter suggestion they'll be able to use it.
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
Nice! I've painted a few and did the tape thing a couple of times but it was too tedious, Then I tried just painting without worrying about overspray/overpaint then scrubbed the seatposts with #000 steel wool. Worked like a charm, no scratches.
This is essentially my technique whenever paint-filling. Either use #0000 steel wool after on the high spots, or wipe off the excess with a towel slightly dampened with mineral spirits.
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malcala622 is it just me or is the after pic not showing? I'm on the edge of my seat now...
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malcala622 is it just me or is the after pic not showing? I'm on the edge of my seat now...
It's showing but here it is again

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I guess I can add more of the recent stuff:

Ochsner SL model:

Ochsner SL with wobbly wheels and other issues

Wheels serviced, new cables & housings, seatpost, saddle, bars, stem, pedals, tires/tubes. No test ride yet as it keeps snowing.

Davidson Impulse:

No front wheel, paint looked trashed, neither shifter worked, rusted chain, etc....

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1985 Martelly built SL tubed racer:

Good shape other than peeling decals and old school tape, computer.

Decals removed, all parts updated other than the crank, crank, seatpost, stem, handlebars, saddle. total rocket now!

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Local find, dirty and gummed up.

Totally clean and service. Beautiful bike that I enjoyed fixing up and then moving on to a happy new owner.

Wayne Evans (Denver builder) custom bike:


Not bad, great price, mismash of parts. Custom built for a Paris Brevet Paris by a 3 time RAAM winner. Blue paint chewed up bad by chain drop/slap.

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This is from the ad. Notice the front rim. This bike was garden art for some time before it was posted for sale.


The original Force-40 brakes were replaces with linear pull V-brakes.
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The seller had the original Rolls saddle, so I used that. I replaced the seatpost, stem, and bar with ones more suited to me, and got rid of the hideous chartreuse bar tape. Apart from that, it was just cleaning, polishing, repacking the headset, bottom bracket, and hubs, and new cables, housing, and tires. Oh, and one black rubber nub, for the front brake pivot bolt.

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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Ok so here's my first attempt at painting the flutes on a seatpost. I went with masking the flutes with painters tape. Here we go.
Looks great! Did you have to sand at all first? What kind of paint did you use?
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Looks great! Did you have to sand at all first? What kind of paint did you use?

Maybe just a scuffing with 0000 steel wool and then cleaning with quips and rubbing alcohol. I used Testors enamel paint and #2 paint brushes.
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Looks great! Did you have to sand at all first? What kind of paint did you use?
I had my friend Rob at Bing https://www.bingbicycle.com/index.html do the painting based on my design. He explained that it was auto spray with pin stripping. I've normally gone with powder coating in the past but trusted his experience with restorations for this project. He did an outstanding job. There was minor cracking when assembling, but Rob provided extra paint to be applied after the fact. I am so happy with how it all turned out.
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