I am one of those sorts of people who learns by doing. Sometimes by book or example first, but usually but jumping in and doing it. Todays lesson? Never audition a new coater on bike or part that you need, particularly soon. The call came last evening, the blaster had shot a hole in the fork ?!?!? The fork was in for a chemical strip, light blast only if touch-up was needed and then a new single coat of red. The goal being a complete red 57cm Rambler for the SF Expo. The first attempt at red had gone on too thick and yellow, and it was in for a re-do with a local. He was not happy with how thick it came out and was going to do it a third time. I figured the fork would be a good audition for having a local option to do custom color requests.
I went by the shop this morning to see the “hole”:
I am still not really sure how a blaster could do this exactly. Obviously this fork will be retired. We are currently working on a resolution, and I am sure between the blaster and the coater this will be made right.
With the cup being half full, I am in shock and awe that the wire guides are intact. Also, it is clear that my guys in Portland are getting good brass penetration into the dropouts. And last but not least, one less bike to transport to SF.
Trick or Treat? I am hoping for the treats, this was not how I planned for the day to start.