Author Topic: Cotic >X< refurb  (Read 777 times)

Dave_C

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Cotic >X< refurb
« on: October 31, 2016, 04:26:07 pm »
I decided to refurb my Cotic >X<. I have had it just over 5 years and its been my winter commuter laden down with large guards, rack and triple Stronglight Impack crank. I stripped it back, cleaned, T cut out the dirt and scratches and primed and painted the bear metal, with as close a match as I could find. I've never tackled a whole bike before but its given me the confidence to takle more difficult things (like my RockShox Dart 3 forks' service).

I took it up Route 7 (Sustrans) north of Callander (Scotland) on Saturday with my other half. Its a light, sorted frame which inspires confidence in the rider to tackle more difficult terrain. I may take it up The Corryairack Pass next summer.



And here is Loch Lubnic from the west side.

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Re: Cotic >X< refurb
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 07:39:27 am »
Looks nice. How did the painting go?

Dave_C

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Re: Cotic >X< refurb
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 10:23:53 am »
Looks nice. How did the painting go?

OK, I used a small wire brush to remove as much rust as possible, but should have used wire wool. Used rust killer and then cleaned and touched up with primer with a brush. Trying to apply the colour paint sprayed in the lid with the brush, ended up like adding a solvent to the primer, and the paint looked dull, so I sprayed it on direct, in around 5 - 7 layers/coats over a week. Then after another week hardening I used wet n dry paper to remove as much excess as possible, finally T cutting. Its not a direct match as Halfrauds only have one orange in colour but its better than before I started.

To be honest, I was very happy with the first T cut pre painting, which removed a lot of the scratches and the dirt ingrained in them, and brought the shine back to the frame. Initially I was thinking of having it resprayed as there is a good place locally which even advertise bike frame spraying on their website, but adding decal purchase etc.. I opted to try myself. In a year I may opt for a complete strip and respray depending on what the paint work looks like then.

http://www.hendersonsmetalcleaning.co.uk/pages/bicycles.php
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Re: Cotic >X< refurb
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 08:37:00 pm »
Thanks, that's interesting. I've a mind to have a go at a repaint some time. I'll bear this in mind.