“Frame painting.” Follow Lesson no. 8 by Maestro Pelizzoli

lesson N°8

Samuel Pelizzoli, who owes it all to the legendary Ciöcc brand, tells us the secrets of great painting. Painting is the “ace card up his sleeve”. Before getting down to graphic work of any kind, you must prepare the frame for painting. Sandpaper all parts of the frame with great care. Then clean the frame with degreasing agent to remove dust and various waste residues. When the preparatory stage us over, cover the parts of the frame that must be conserved.

For a perfect border between two colours in the same graphic design, apply an elastic adhesive tape along the entire line of separation.

The real challenge, however, comes when you have completed the first side of the frame. To create a second side – absolutely identical to the other – you’ll need all the patience of a great master.

The only way to obtain the same measurements, corners and curves on both sides is to fully exploit two resources − your eyes and your fingernails.

While carefully looking at the side which you’ve done, with your nails mark a reference line as a guide when applying the adhesive tape. When you do a line you must repeat the check and align the two halves.

The next step consists in applying an elastic tape inside the rear triangle. This will require a great deal of patience because the angles are really sharp.

Once the main line of separation has been obtained, you must fully cover the part of the frame which shall remain unchanged. Use a normal paper adhesive tape. Then make use of packing paper. This speeds up the work.

You should get various measures of tapes, and you should also use normal razor blades. You will therefore be able to shape the tape and fit it to the more difficult corners.

The last details that you will need to cover are everywhere you don’t want the paint to go, because it might adversely affect threadings, bearings or extremely precise coupling points (e.g. bottom bracket, steering tube, fork tips).

For carbon frames, remember that you absolutely must not paint the point where you insert the saddle ring.

Samuel explains how, in recent years, technology has revolutionised graphic design on the level of concepts, working together with customers. It’s now much easier to exchange digital sketches and work on projects while listening to customer needs, step by step. This, too, is a part of what it takes to be a great Maestro of Made in Italy.

Once the preparations are over, it’s time to use the painting booth and apply the colours decided on.

To illustrate the operation more clearly, Samuel shows us the procedure on a single-colour steel frame. Of course, if more than one colour is used, the procedure is repeated as many times as the number of colours used.

Lastly, for customised lettering, you’ll be using films with a removable last layer. Use a razor blade to remove the layer after painting.

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the frame builder’s course

In eight lessons, Giovanni Pelizzoli teaches the basics of frame building. An itinerary in which a master craftsman leads us into the fascinating world of handcrafted made-to-measure bicycles. Discover the secrets of a frame builder for many champions worldwide.

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the programme

  • 19_12_2013 19_12_2013
  • 21_01_2014 21_01_2014
  • 28_01_2014 28_01_2014
  • 07_02_2014 07_02_2014
  • 14_02_2014 14_02_2014
  • 25_02_2014 25_02_2014
  • 04_03_2014 04_03_2014
  • 01_04_2014 01_04_2014

Lesson n° 1

The concept of the perfect bike. The basic steps during racer fitting sessions. Transforming skeletal measurements into frame measurements. Project drawing (also using the latest technologies).

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Lesson n° 2

From design on paper to the fundamental components of the frame. Names and functions of all tubes or required frame joints. .

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Lesson n° 3

The importance of making a positioning jig: the key to top quality professional frame building. Required components and measurements of these components.

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Lesson n° 4

How to cut tubes and radius grind them. How to apply the finishing touches to tube-joint coupling for a perfect fit, right down to the very last millimetre, ready for welding. Choice of fork and fork positioning on the jig.

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Lesson n° 5

Building and positioning the front triangle on the jig. How to get the length of the oblique tube and check the front triangle.

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Lesson n° 6

Welding the bottom bracket and track welding the other tubes of the front triangle. All the secrets of perfect welding, to ensure maximum rider safety. How to check frame alignment, step by step.

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Lesson n° 7

Building and welding the rear triangle. Positioning and welding the fork tips. General frame check on testing bench. International tolerance margins and genuine “Made in Italy” tolerance margins.

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Lesson n° 8

All the secrets of a painter. How to mask frames for multi-colour graphics. Designing using digital technologies. Single-colour painting of a traditional steel frame.

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