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What options exist for re-painting a carbon Colnago frame? I'm thinking ahead as I love my C50, but it's a 2003 PR23 and I really love the new PRZA and PR82 schemes. A repaint would be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new frame, but I'm not sure if that's even an option on carbon.

Any thoughts? Does Maestro do any re-painting or is this a "factory only" job? (to do it right, of course)
 

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kjmunc said:
What options exist for re-painting a carbon Colnago frame? I'm thinking ahead as I love my C50, but it's a 2003 PR23 and I really love the new PRZA and PR82 schemes. A repaint would be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new frame, but I'm not sure if that's even an option on carbon.

Any thoughts? Does Maestro do any re-painting or is this a "factory only" job? (to do it right, of course)
I'd definitely try Maestro. I bought a Rabobank MXL a few years ago from him - not liking the paint but was the last (?) all steel frameset left in my size. He had it repainted ( beautifully) in AD 14 for me. My next Colnago will be in an obsolete paint scheme probably a EPS in PRAL. I wouldn't dream (!) of going anywhere else but Maestro.
 

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edmund..be carefull the Colnago police( Colnago America) will rear it's ugly head and say how bad using Maestro is.
I say go for it, Mike knows his stuff.
 

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kjmunc said:
What options exist for re-painting a carbon Colnago frame? I'm thinking ahead as I love my C50, but it's a 2003 PR23 and I really love the new PRZA and PR82 schemes. A repaint would be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new frame, but I'm not sure if that's even an option on carbon.

Any thoughts? Does Maestro do any re-painting or is this a "factory only" job? (to do it right, of course)
Somebody on here a couple of years ago had a broken tube on his C50 replaced by Maestro and had a complete re-paint done on the frame and it looked amazing. It wasn't even that expensive if I remember correctly. It was posted in this forum and I would guess it was late 2006 early 2007 when it was posted. Try doing a search.

Edited to add: I did the search for you and the thread was from mid 2006. The repair was done on a MXL which I believe was a steel frame. Anyway, it was repainted in a new paint scheme. Here is the link:

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=68116&highlight=Colnago+Maestro+repair

Here is another thread about a repaint on a C50, so it looks like carbon frames can be repainted. They probably just have to be stripped down to the carbon and re-sprayed from scratch. Here is the link to that thread:

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=47920&highlight=Maestro+repaint
 

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Fabs, thanks for the links.....I had searched before I posted under "re-paint" but I guess adding the Maestro is what hit the spot.

Edmund, ca va neuf? Hope you're enjoying printemps in Cannes!

So I actually emailed back and forth with Mike today at Maestro and he can definitely do up my C50 in PRZA if I so wish. Lead times are up to 5mo and a rough estimate was around 300Euro, which is what I was expecting from a dollar amount. The lead time is a little excessive so I will likely wait until next winter when I can give up the bike for a while
 

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My question would be whether they can strip all the paint off of the bike and show nude carbon again, or if they just paint the entire frame with a black/white coat as appropriate and then apply the new paint. Do you know the answer to that question?

FYI - Calfee charges $375 just for a scuff and re-clear, so 300 Euro isn't too bad for a full paint job. If my Cristallo gets any more banged up over this season I might spring for the re-paint over the winter too, depending on whether or not they will show nude carbon afterward in the NS03.
 

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I didn't get into the details of whether or not the existing paint would be stripped but that is a good question. Given the paint coverage of the PRZA compared to my PR23 it's not as big of a deal for me.

That NS03/nude carbon is great looking too!
 
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