Maintenance of Painted Surfaces
Your bike is painted with the same high quality PPG paint that is usedin the painting of most show quality custom hotrods, sports cars andmotorcycles. But, unlike cars, bicycles take a lot of abuse from beingleaned up against parking meters and, in the case of mountain andcyclocross bikes, running into rocks, stumps and brush. Even afterthe curing process is fully completed (about 6 weeks) scratches and/orchips in the paint can happen, road debris, roof rack transport, wildanimals, clumsy friends, etc.. can all have a negative impact on yourframe's painted surface, it is not bulletproof either but, after thesix week curing period is over, you can do your best to protect theframe's finish with the application of a liquid or paste wax.
If does not sell touch up paint. If you do damage the paint, youcan obtain touch up paint from any auto supply store (call IF for thePPG reference number). Alternatively, you can use Testors model paint(available in most hobby shops) or nail polish (available at most drugand department stores). Before applying any touch up paint, be sureto clean the affected area with denatured alcohol to remove any oil orwax so that the touch up paint will adhere properly, do not use nailpolish remover or acetone at any time, this WILL damage yourpaint. Light scratches can often be removed by the use of a lightgrade of automobile rubbing compound available in all auto partsstores. Use it sparingly as you will be rubbing a portion of thepainted surface away. Once the scratch is removed, you can restorethe polish by the application of liquid or paste wax.
Maintenance of the Seat Tube on IF Steel Frames
Because of the increased strength of the new steel alloys we have beenable to reduce the wall thickness of our tubing substantially, savingyou more weight than ever on our current line up of custom steelframes. But, due to this reduction in wall thickness of the tubing, wemust be alert to the possibility of corrosion. To battle rust on theinside of the tubes we actually fabricate the frame to be completelysealed from the elements, with the exception of the seattube. Although we ream the seat tube to exacting tolerances water canstill find its way into the seat tube, either through the top of theseat post or (via capillary action) between the seat post and the seattube. To protect the internal surface of the seat tube we treat itwith 3M Rustfighter 1 Internal Panel Coating prior to shipping theframe to you. Although this is the best product available for thisapplication IT IS NOT A PERMANENT METHOD OF CORROSION PREVENTION ANDSHOULD BE RENEWED PERIODICALLY.
WARNING: Seat tubes that have a serious rust problem due to lack ofproper maintenance will not be covered under our warranty. Remember:your frame is made of steel, steel rusts, protect it if you want tokeep it.
Each time your steel frame has been exposed to wet conditions, or atleast every 3 months, the following procedure should be: