After scrubbing the frame and applying the primer and base coats I went about applying my vinyl cut-outs sourced from TheLetteringShop on Dufferin here in Toronto. Duncan and Arlene were very helpful in getting what I needed sized correctly and printed. Highly recommend their work.

Anyhow I masked off the bike except the sections I wanted to add the detail stripe and nameplates. Once the masking was finished, I started spraying. Everything seemed to be going well. Unfortunately when I pulled back the masking it became clear that the paint had wicked under the masking. This grated on me. I’d masked carefully – so I thought. At first I thought the paint had soaked into the tape. Nope it had actually gone against the pull of gravity and travelled UP from the point of masking.

I also found that somehow the rear chainstay had a chip in the paint where the original base coat went down. Grrrrr. I decided to mask up the graphics and re-apply the base coat. more wicking. #$%&*!!!

As you can see in the photo, there was wicking going up the fork — but the areas that the decals covered was nice and crispy.

The good and the bad … the Raleigh down-tube text was superb. and then the pain bled around the mask.

Awesome. The one piece that really blew me away was the chainguard.

I gave up. This was never going to be perfect on the first attempt. So I clear coated to preserve my mistakes. Next time I pain a bike decals will be stuck on and not painted. The need for lazer sharp edges precludes my use of spray cans it seems. Oh well. Lesson learned.

Oh the other thing you might have noticed is that the Twenty has a name now. Viginty Prime (Twenty Prime). The classical latin pronounciation is supposedly Wee-gin-tee. Get it? Weeeee!

Hopefully this bike will be as fun to ride as it looks. The next photo series will hopefully be about assembly.

For my next trick I build the wheels — I’m going with some BMX alloys that I had sitting around in the garage.