Thursday, January 30, 2014

CINELLI AND THE ART OF FRAME RESTORATION.

30/1/14
I just picked up this late 1960's/early 70's
Cinelli track bike (frame No 1650),
which I am restoring for sale. 
SOLD
adrian@theflyingwheel.com


I have decided to approach frame restoration
with a whole new philosophy this year.
From now on I am not going to have the frames 
out sourced to get the paint striped.
I will take the paint off by hand, although
this is a slow method, I feel this is a really
good way to get in close to the hart of the
bike, and it's original builder.
The Cinelli, well under way, getting hand striped.
I was extremely pleased to find the original chrome
lugs under the paint still in pretty good order.
Pretty much all the paint has is now removed.
You can see the lugs have been 
nicely thinned, the whole bike is
in excellent order.
Frame is ready for some sanding action.
The frame has now been sanded 
with wet and dry 400.
The lug 'as found' under the paint.
Dull but savable.
 Half an hour of polishing, and the 
lug is starting to come back to life.
Stay tuned....

By the way, the sound track for this
is a new (to me) pod cast
 The Partially Examined Life

 CINELLI AND THE ART OF FRAME RESTORATION.
 Part II
31/1/14

After quite a few more hours cutting
polishing, the lugs have come up
very nicely.


Now the frame is ready for masking,
and a coat of etch primer.
The inside of the tubes have already
 been treated with fisholine.

  CINELLI AND THE ART OF FRAME RESTORATION.
 Part III
31/1/14


Frame has been masked off and under coated with

etch primer.

  CINELLI AND THE ART OF FRAME RESTORATION.
 Part VI
2/02/14

 I have used the gold I have mixed for the Cinelli
as a guide coat, and have picked up a few minor
blemishes, which are easily fixed with spot putty.
On the top tube there was a small dent, which has been filled
with New Tech carbon filler (great stuff) and then 
spot puttied.
The frame was then spot primed, and knocked back with
800 wet and dry.
 Two coats of gold base coat then applied.
Starting to take shape now.
Just the decals, and clear coat left to do.
 Oh and one other job, repainting the 
headbadge. I have already started work here, carefully
sanding the brass back with a little wooden block and
1500 wet and dry.

CINELLI AND THE ART OF FRAME RESTORATION.
 Part VI
4/02/14

You can see above the head badge is nearly finished being
repainted, a very slow job.
The original Campagnolo head set with Cinelli spacer below.

The Cinelli painted and clearcoated, I am very pleased
with the result. 
Thanks to Greg again at Cyclomondo for the decals
immaculate as usual.
















Now I can start work on my one.....
frame No 756, early sixties.



 

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