Painting & Finishing

The painting of a Mercian frame is not a quick process usually taking around 4 weeks to complete

The frame is primed with etch coat primer, which is allowed to air dry in the clean conditions of the finishing room before being carefully rubbed down with fine grade paper to give a first class base for the paint.

We use the finest quality stove enamel paints we can obtain, these are also kinder to the Sprayers and the environment than two pack paints. Stove enamel paints must be baked in an oven to give the finest long-lasting finish possible.

Most of our 63 colours are not straight out of the tin, but are mixed by hand by our sprayers resulting in the rich, deep, vibrant shades that we offer. We can mix colours in enamel or pearl paints to match a sample if required, we have had been asked to match clothing colours, old school ties and car colours, we’re lucky to have sprayers that are very experienced and conscientious who use their skill to give your frame the look you want, it will only leave the workshop when the sprayer is happy with the final finish.

Contrasting head tube and seat tube panels, also Barbers Poles are sprayed then baked before being masked up and rubbed down with fine grade paper to give the coats of the main finish a good base. The main colour is sprayed and the masking is removed carefully while the paint is still wet, a tricky job as you might appreciate, before baking at the optimum temperature to ensure that the finish is not only long lasting and durable, but looks amazing.

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Our range of colours available include:

  1. Emerald Green Flamboyant
  2. Red Flamboyant
  3. Gold Flamboyant
  4. Dark Blue Flamboyant
  5. Lime Green Flamboyant
  6. Anquetil Blue Flamboyant
  7. Ruby Flamboyant
  8. Champagne Polychromatic
  9. Purple Polychromatic
  10. Gold Polychromatic
  11. Coffee Bronze Polychromatic
  12. Metallic Blue Polychromatic
  13. Golden Bronze Polychromatic
  14. Silver Polychromatic
  15. Green Polychromatic
  16. Blue Polychromatic
  17. Lilac Polychromatic
  18. Gunmetal Grey Polychromatic
  19. Cream Enamel
  20. Purple Enamel
  21. Beige Enamel
  22. White Enamel
  23. Red Enamel
  24. Light Blue Enamel
  25. Black Enamel
  26. Yellow Enamel
  27. Orange Enamel
  28. Royal Blue Enamel
  29. Riviera Blue Enamel
  30. Apple Green Enamel
  31. Canary Yellow Enamel
  32. British Racing Green Enamel
  33. Mauve Enamel
  34. Black Pearl
  35. Bianchi Blue Enamel
  36. Pink Enamel
  37. Kingfisher Blue Flamboyant
  38. Purple Flamboyant
  39. Rose Pearl
  40. Chocolate Brown Enamel
  41. French Blue Enamel
  42. Maroon Enamel
  43. Flame Red Pearl
  44. Silver Pearl
  45. Electric Blue Pearl
  46. White Pearl
  47. Turquoise Pearl
  48. Lemon Pearl
  49. Dusky Pink Pearl
  50. Midnight Blue Pearl
  51. Moss Green Pearl
  52. Tobacco Pearl
  53. Mauve Pearl
  54. Purple Pearl
  55. Magenta Flamboyant
  56. Deep Plum Pearl
  57. Flip Flop Colour Change Paint Green/Purple
  58. Blue Intenso Pearl
  59. Champagne Pearl
  60. Racing Green Pearl
  61. Ice Blue Pearl
  62. Leaf Green Pearl
  63. Orange Pearl (Flamboyant)

Lugs are lined by hand. This is a very skilled and time consuming job that takes months to perfect even with daily practice. The frame finisher gets the right consistency of paint and with a steady hand, follow the contours of the lug to neaten any area where two paint colours meet or to pick out the lugs to show them off to their full potential.

Transfer fitting is another skilled role needing a steady hand and dextrous touch when dealing with the application of tissue-thin transfers. Transfers are fitted and left to air dry for up to 5 days before varnishing. We use a combination of varnish-fix transfers or dry-fix transfers to give the best finished look possible to the frames, many coats of varnish add the final gloss and protection to all the paintwork and transfers before a final stoving in the oven completes the painting process.

Before leaving the workshop, the threads and the inside of the seat tube are cleaned of any excess paint or varnish to get the frame ready for the components.