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BROMPTON ACCESSORIES #16 - COPPER PLATING THE BROMPTON
These, plus the frequent poor handing by handlers when we travelled by air had taken a toll on Goofy. It had suffered dents, and lots of scratches on it's original raw lacquer paintwork. Worse, those scratches were beginning to rust. So it's time to give Goofy a new paint, job; time for a new dressing to redress the problem of those nasty rusty spots before they get worse. For this, I turned to, Brian, a fellow Bromptoneer who is familiar with getting this done.
GOOFY - THE STRIPPER
I was of two minds; one was to have a powder coating of metallic purple, or to go for copper plating. Both were striking colours but I decided to go for copper plating as it was somewhat close to the original raw lacquer look.
Whichever the case is, Goofy had to be stripped down to it's base frame. It was not an easy job - the wheels, rack, chain ring, dérailleurs and handle post bearings had to be removed, and so were the gear and brake cables.
It was then to the electro-plating shop, where Goofy was given a chemical bath to strip away the original paint work from the base metal.
Fortunately the electro-plating process was not extremely hot and the rear-hinge was not required to be dismantled. A small note here, because the hinge was not removed, the area around it does not receive a optimal plating of copper; this is however not that noticeable. The bike would be plated in three different sections - the main frame (together with the rear fork attached), the front fork and the handle tube.
COPPER PLATING PROCESS
The plating process done, the bike is starting to look good...
... so were the front fork and handle post. To prevent oxidizing, a final layer of clear hard lacquer was added.
It was back to Brian for re-assembly and Goofy is starting to look like a bike again - a beautiful bike.
AND.... here's Goofy!
Looking all new and shiny. One side of the sponge covering for the handle bar had to be cut off for the handle removal, and it was replaced with a brown bar tape (not the best but it will do for the moment).
I took the new Goofy out for a test-ride on a bike-packing journey to Malacca; he was very well received by my cycling buddies. One thing though, the unpadded bar tape was tough on my palms, and it's brown colour was not matching with the overall colour scheme.
PAINT IT BLACK!
The rack was given a semi-gloss powder coat finish, while the mud-guards were spray painted with matt black.
The seat post was powder-coated with a gloss black paint.
Now better colour coordinated, my Brompton IS looking good!
The brown bar tape for the handle was replaced by a padded black one from Fizik.
Hmm..... too much black here..... the bell?
The old brass bell which I got from Thailand came too good use. With some polishing it was almost as good as new.
A high-tech looking hard carbon tape stuck onto the top tube to prevent scratching.
Personalize name stickers done by another cycling buddy, Jason, were added on - this one for the AhPek Biker, my FB page.
And this on (Jotaro Zen), my FB profile.
Many of us have come to put stickers of animals (either following our Occidental or Chinese astrological animals or some other that we fancy) onto our top tube. I opted for on on the Thundercats, it's simple and distinct.
I am most thankful to Brian, he has done a very good job. The above shows a stable of Bromptons, in various stages of having their looks changed. If you are in the Klang Valley and keen on giving your bike a new look, do drop me a line at the AhPek Biker Facebook Page. A friend will be having her Brompton powder-coated, watch out for an update of that process.
Here's Goofy in standing tall and proud in his new coat while we were at the CFAL7 event up in Penang Island.
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