[CR]Re: painting a second color on a frame.

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 13:35:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Raymond Dobbins <raydobbins2003@yahoo.com>
To: Doug Fattic <fatticbicycles@qtm.net>, "classicrendezvous@bikelist.org" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <BFA8EFAD.6211%fatticbicycles@qtm.net>
Subject: [CR]Re: painting a second color on a frame.

i have a question about the process of painting a lug a different color (or leaving it unpainted in the case of stainless lugs): all things being equal, which is easier, for lack of better names, doug's way (top of lug edge) or charles way (bottom of lug edge)?

given the same lug, with nice crisp edges top and bottom, is it equally easy (or difficult) to mask the lug to the top edge as to the bottom edge?

in the case of the waterford which charles originally used as an example, my personal opinion is that the lugs (as charles also pointed out) are rather thick - if the paint was not followed to the top edge of the lugs, i think the result would have been a more sculpted look, but heavier as well, and very possibly not as graceful or delicate as with the paint up to the top edge, which i think helps the reduce the visual thickness of the lugs.

anti-flame disclaimer: there is no universal right or wrong, nor better or worse way when it comes to this issue, it is a matter of personal taste.

ray dobbins
miami florida

--- Doug Fattic wrote:

> Keep in mind that my post wasn't designed to convince anyone that my

\r?\n> way of

\r?\n> painting lug edges was the "right way" but rather that it wasn't the

\r?\n> wrong

\r?\n> way (or perhaps an inferior way). In other words, how it is done is

\r?\n> just a

\r?\n> matter of personal choice. My attitudes were partly shaped by the

\r?\n> English

\r?\n> frames I bought years ago. In addition, there can be situations

\r?\n> where the

\r?\n> type of paint chosen can make the color transition cleaner at the top

\r?\n> rather

\r?\n> than the bottom of the lug edge. Edward Brooks suggested an added

\r?\n> avenue of

\r?\n> argument about where lug lining should be placed. I've seen it put

\r?\n> several

\r?\n> places but I like it on the lug edge with some spilling over on the

\r?\n> tube.

\r?\n> The important thing is really even thickness everywhere.


\r?\n> Doug Fattic

\r?\n> Niles, Michigan