To be a frame painter

11 05 2008

So, for the last two years or so I have been working very hard on learning how to paint. I have always wanted to get a handle on the entire process from design, fabrication and paint.

So, I started by calling up Doug Fattic and asking if he would show me as much of the ropes as he could for a few weeks. Later Doug and his assistant Marc helped me to paint my NAHBS award winning tandem and the “Orange Crush” mountain bike.

So back to Tucson to build a paint building, outfit it with materials, lights, ventilation, air conditioning (a massive priority in Tucson AZ and many other goodies. Fast forward a year or so and since that time I have been painting everything in sight and having a lot of fun with it.

Good paint, like good framebuilding is a matter of detail. Sure, it is not too hard if one is conscientious to get a pretty good looking job from five feet away, even with rattle cans. It is another thing entirely to get nice crisp edges to your lugs, good transitions and smooth even coats.

Painting I think is a little like golf. There is always the possibility of doing better/worse tomorrow.

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