Colnago Super Restoration

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SalsaLover
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by SalsaLover

Hello all,

Here is a pictorial about a late 80's/early 90's Colnago Super ( or Triomphe ) restoration project.

I bought this frame, in the condition seen on these first 2 pictures... it was oversprayed and the chrome was pitted, dull.

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Colnago Super Before por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

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Before- Detail por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

A restoration project like this would be difficult and costly to do in Switzerland, so as I had plans to go to Peru for the holidays, and I knew there was possibility to do good quality chrome and paint jobs there I decided to bring it and attempt a full restoration project.

The first step was off course to strip the paint off and clean and remove dirt, ( this was requested by the chrome shop )

The frame was originally blue, and had a thick coat of white and some black oversprayed on.

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Remove Paint por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Cleanup por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Ready for Chrome por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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Next step the Chrome Job, we went to an industrial shop that had an 8 meter Chrome pit, I couldn't take any picture on the shop but here is the frame when I picked it up from there.

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Just Chromed por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

Next step, the masking job, we used a heavy duty masking tape and reproduced the same style as used on a Master with the little arrow cutouts on the seatstays.

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Masking Job por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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Now the paint job.
We chose to apply Automotive grade metallic paint in Gold with a final clear urethane Varnish.
The paint specialist adviced we use a phophate base on the Chrome, so the paint could be applied without having to sand it.

Ready for paint

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Ready for the base coat por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr


Phosphate base coats ( 3 )

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Phosphate base coat on por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

Metallic Gold color coats ( 3 )

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Color applied ( Metallic Gold ) por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

we let it dry overnight

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Color Ready and drying overnight por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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Next step, finishing it with the stickers.

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Applying Stickers por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

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Stickers Applied por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

we there removed the masking but then I found advice against applying varnish over the chrome, So we did mask it again before the final varnish coat

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Masked again and receiving the clear coats por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

We let it dry overnight and the next day we started the build.
Hucken The Fard Up !
Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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Next Step the build.

first remove carefully the masking, the 3 layers of this urethane Varnish are thick and the bring out the shine on that paint.

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Removing masking por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

Build was using a full 9 speed Record group, including NOS Mavic Open SUP rims, 3TTT stem and 3TTT TDF handlebars

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Build with a full 9 Speed Record Group and NOS Mavic SUP rims por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr

Ready for the finishing touches

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Built ! por Salsa_Lover, en Flickr
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Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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Hucken The Fard Up !
Colnagos : C50 ST01 - Master 30th AD10 - C40 Mapei WC

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CBJ
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by CBJ

Amazing what a cool bike. Love the wheelset too.

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dgasmd
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by dgasmd

I realize this restoration reflects personal taste and all, but why the gold color if I may ask? I guess I personally would have gone with black or white besides the chrome, but that's just me. Oh, and that seat looks atrocious in such a magnificent build and restoration project. Again, personal taste I guess!


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by btompkins0112

:wow: Unbelievable!! Spectacular work and a lovely result....

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by c50jim

Sweet!

Lovely renewal with parts that are better than you could have built it with when the frame was new.

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caballero
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by caballero

Wonderful job. Color is superb. Though I agree the saddle isn't the best choice visually.

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by Monkeyboy3333

looks great, how about some Italian tyres? Velo/Vitto's?

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by prendrefeu

Thanks for the awesome documentation! And the finished build is classic, happy riding!
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Miller
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by Miller

Lovely job and impressive amount of effort. I'm not loving that saddle though and I think even in the early 90s it would have been regarded as out of place on a racing bike, nor am I sold on the white cables, Campag only ever supplied black casings at that time. I think the gold finish is lovely, is it an authentic Colnago paint option?

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