- Raw steel frame
Not steel, but got a raw alloy Nomad and still looks a little unique. Only thing is cable rub has polished some of it through the lacquer while the rest is a little more dull. Stone chips are noticeable underneath but they’re chips out of the lacquer. Really need to strip the lacquer, polish it up and re-lacquer.
Also got a raw 456… but it’s carbon. It’s a bit weird. In some light it looks great, and lovely stealth look. Sometimes though it looks like mismatched patches stuck together.Posted 4 years agodragonMember
It really shouldn’t be rusting under the paint. The lacquer I can understand more as that will be utter sh*t from a protection point of view.
But it makes you wonder how much are On-One taking folk for a ride if they are producing steel frames that are so poorly treated and painted that they rust!Posted 4 years agomattbeeSubscriber
It would take years for it to rust through though, especially On One gas pipe. You’ll have got bored of it and put it in the shed or on eBay long before any surface corrosion under the laquer is worth worrying about.
Most steel frames aren’t coated in the inside either so they will be doing exactly the same from the inside out, whether painted, powder coated or smothered in butter.
At least with a raw frame it always looks scruffy (rat look, I suppose) so you don’t have to worry about keeping it ‘nice’.Posted 4 years agoRetrodirectMember
As stated above all powdercoated steel frames will rust under the lacquer.
When painting using wet paint the primer is usually zinc based so the zinc will act as the sacrificial metal which will stop rusting.
Zinc primer cannot be made to be clear, which is why you don’t tend to see wet painted clearcoated frames. There are clearcoat primers which are marketted as having corrosion protection but i have no idea how these work.
I had a clear powdercoated frame, took about a month before a massive rusty handprint appeared on the downtube (moisture from transferring frame from sandblaster to powdercoat booth). It looked rubbish.Posted 4 years ago
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