Recommendations & Suggestions required. *UPDATE and MAIDEN VOYAGE*

by trikeman   January 6, 2012  

Hi All,
I have a Specialized S Works Tarmac SL frame, yep the older original, non-zerted puppy (some say the 'real one') and over the years its got to look a little dated and chipped. However, over the break I decided (rightly or wrongly) to completely strip the frame back to bare carbon - one hell of a job and not completely finished yet. I am reasonably 'handy' with a spray gun but am totally undecided what to do with it, colour-wise. I thought about going about putting it back to original but can't get all the decalling. There are decals etc on ebay I know, but it would always look like 'make believe'.
Any suggestions for its re-paint? All suggestions appreciated (except for pink). May even have a go at air brushings like early Colnagos - semi matt black anyone???

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

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Matt black like a wrapped high performance car.

Or you could have orange, nigh on always looks good.

Or you could have retro spesh like there early road bikes.

Or you could have, I'd better stop actually.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
6th January 2012 - 18:08

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I second matte black

Something like this:
http://cdn.lexusenthusiast.com/images/weblog/08-06-12-lexus-lf-xh-matte-...

Its nice because it really brings out the subtle curvature of the frame Smile

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
7th January 2012 - 1:01

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OOooooo, do you mean ike this gal Below????? Cool

Not that I want to 'copy' such a fine specimen but I could replicate the black for sure - is this what's being suggested? I really like it though.

Thoughts????

Thanks

Trikeman. Wink

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Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
7th January 2012 - 16:41

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Defo matte black!The Venge looks stunning!!

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posted by andybnk [90 posts]
7th January 2012 - 16:46

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Is not copying!

You can also to it in two levels..

You spray one layer in matte grey.. And then cut out some masking tape with some text (I suggest printing out the text you want on paper, then cut out the masking tape from the print on the paper) and then cover the whole thing in matte black. Would get the same effect as you see on the bike above Smile could be cool!

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
7th January 2012 - 17:31

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Camouflage....

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [478 posts]
7th January 2012 - 18:04

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Hi All,
just came back in from the 'garage of many bike bits' after finishing the recommended Matt Black paint jobby on the S-Works Tarmac frame et al.
I know its been some time since I started it (been up to my cravat in it) but now it's nearly finito. I stood it on a pair of carbon 50mm's and it looked really 'stealthy'. Devil
In the end I decided not to carry on with the red bits as in the picture above as now it just blends into the background, very 'ordinary' looking. Big Grin
Thoughts????????

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

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Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
7th June 2012 - 20:41

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Get some 'Trikeman' decals.

Or: My other bike is a Tarmac.

Oh, and what else is in your garage?

Any nice carbon wheelies? Confused

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
7th June 2012 - 22:22

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wow, ok questions, how did you remove the paint? how long did it take roughly?

how did you prime the frame after stripping?

i turned down a carbon frame for near on pence the other day because the paint was so bad.

damn it!

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
8th June 2012 - 12:31

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Hi Russy,
I toyed with making this a superb job with spotless finish so started work by wet rubbing down of the laquer over carbon. However, the finish under the laquer and hidden black paint was not very good at all, and on an S-Works Tarmac I expected better (maybe better on a Chinarello) Crying
So, I just took off as much as I could then resorted to 'scraping' the laquer, paint and yes,,,,, filler Surprise under the paint which was original. Specialized used a light filler to cover up joins etc then blacked over, so it took a long time to remove.
Not as such a good job as I would have liked to have done but did not want to start using filler.
Primed with light self etch and then several coats of matt black.

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
8th June 2012 - 13:45

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Hi All,
just got back from the 'now matt black S works Tarmac' shakedown maiden voyage, now it's all back together an'all.
Just got to get some black bar tape, lower the bars about 15mm and ditch the 'bling red' pedals. Going to go the matt black on the front mech clamp too - a bit bright.
Very anonymous!
This is one light machine, as always - any thoughts?
Regards

Trikeman. Wink

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Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
23rd June 2012 - 12:33

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It looks a bit like the project light TopVelo bike that weighed 4.7 kilos:

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Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd June 2012 - 15:21

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Hi Raleigh,
it does a bit, doesn't it.

However, mine is light but not as light as the Cannondale. This one tips the scales at 16lb 3oz all up, don't know how accurate the scales are though but it is really light.
Tyres are not the lightest but I do like the gatorskins p******e resistance.
Would be nice to get a set of lighter, less rolling resistance tyres but I have to have p*******e 'confidence'.
Thinking
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Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
23rd June 2012 - 17:07

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The wheelset on the Project Light weigh less than 800g in total.

LIGHT

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd June 2012 - 17:25

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Well done Mr Trikeman - the build looks fantastic!
I hope you didn't scrape away too much filler in the frame prep Surprise

posted by Adey [98 posts]
24th June 2012 - 20:09

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Looks stunning. Ok Tarmac-wise I am biased trikeman, as you know, but even taking that out of the equation I still have to say its stunning.

What's the full build?

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
24th June 2012 - 20:37

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Hi,
although the photo was taken yesterday, nothing stays still. Now it sports black fizik bar tape and black front mech bracket, now looks even more 'stealthy'.

The build is a 52cm S-Works Tarmac SL with full Ultegra throughout, Toupe Ti, Mavic Ksyrium Elites, SLK Carbon Pro crankset and Conti Gatorskins. Carbon seatpost & stem.

Adey, I was a little suprised there was filler on an original frame but it was cosmetic, very thin skim around joins and sprayed over, so I doubt the removal will effect anything.
Regards

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
24th June 2012 - 21:25

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Thanks for the info.

Do you still have the other tarmac sl as per your profile or has that gone in the trikeman cull?
Plus the old allez?

Btw I liked the red pedals. I forgot to mention that before. Reminds me of the pina fp quattro that had been on my shortlist.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
25th June 2012 - 7:22

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SD,
I still have the other Tarmac SL, she is hanging in the roof of the 'garage of many bike bits'. No doubt covered in cobwebs now, but I am thinking what to do with that one colour/finish wise. I was thinking about doing a Help for Heroes style colour scheme - base black with the light and darker blue with red 'flashes' and the logo on the down tube. I will have to check with the charity first though, perhaps use it for my Cherborg to Cean ride on my own. IF I can afford to I would donate it to the charity or maybe auction it - I'm still in thoughts about that one.
The Allez, well that is still within the family, though I don't see much of it during the summer - no doubt it will turn back up here when it needs something doing to it.
Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [348 posts]
25th June 2012 - 18:58

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Hi Trikeman!

A bit radical maybe but.....

As you've done the 'stealth' thing, what about a full on Kawasaki Racing Team effort on the next one?

Team Racing Green; Purple and Black????

Go on...you know you wanna Smile

(PS the stealth looks awesome)

old enough to know better!

posted by swansfan [17 posts]
26th June 2012 - 21:03

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Thanks for the info trikeman.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
26th June 2012 - 22:02

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