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    Having a friend custom paint an Edge Road 2.0 fork...

    I'm working on a CAAD9 build currently - I have all parts except the stem (waiting until everything is put together so I can figure out what size I need) and the fork, which should be here Friday. The fork coming is an Edge Composites Road 2.0, and will look something like this...


    It's going on this frame...


    For all of you finishing experts out there, I'm curious how you'd prep the fork. What I'm doing is getting the fork painted to match the white of the frame, and getting custom decals made (basically the same decals that are on the fork now, but done in the same red color as the Cannondale decals). Do you start out with wet sanding the fork and go from there?

    I'm having a good friend do this that has quite a bit of experience doing custom motorcycle and automotive paint work. I'm just trying to understand the process as best I can before it's time to do it

    Tips, questions, etc., send them my way!

    -Chris
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    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    I hear great things about these forks, but they seem like they should always be painted. The line down the middle looks pretty cheap and I think the decal set on the Edge 2.0 is terrible. The decals on the 1.0 look so much classier.

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    Sand it down to the carbon with 240 paper and then prime it, then 400paper and top coat? If it was my fork that would be how I do it but its not mine. Depending on what type of paint you use you may need a clear coat too.

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    Go to frameforum.org and post in the Finishing forum or do a search. I'll bet you'll find some good answers there.

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    You might want to consider doing the fork in red to match the decals. White is very difficult to match, there is about a thousand different shades of white. It would probably look great in red anyway, especially if you do the decals in white, and use some red trim on the rest of the bike like a red saddle, cages, etc.

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    Yeah or even keep it black and get red decals
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    I'll be keeping up on this. I'd like to put an Edge 2.0 on my next frame, but the near nude UD carbon isn't going to go with my paint scheme. Please keep up updated on the results!

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    ATM, the only update I have as I just got back from my first century, the Reach the Beach ride from Portland to Pacific City

    I e-mailed Edge last week and didn't have a chance to post a reply on here. This is what they had to say when I asked them about prepping the fork:

    "Nothing special. Just rough it up and paint, or you can sand all the clear coat off, but I'd say just paint it... You will know when you sand down to the carbon because the decal will start coming off. You would really have to try hard to damage the fork sanding it. The 1400 grit is a good option for paint prep."

    I'll keep you guys posted with any updates.
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    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    Dude. That's all that the pro painters do. that is, just lightly rough it up so that the primer can stick.
    1) Primer
    2) Paint
    3) Clear coat

    Remember to finely sand after you put on the primer. Some also, very, very, very finely wetsand after putting on the paint.

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    I've seen some of the custom bikes use painted Edge forks with colored labels to match. I vote for CAAD9 white with a matching red Edge logo, but that may be too much work. I have a 2.0 on my Ti bike and LOVE it! Superb fork. I'm getting another one on my next bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyro
    I've seen some of the custom bikes use painted Edge forks with colored labels to match. I vote for CAAD9 white with a matching red Edge logo, but that may be too much work. I have a 2.0 on my Ti bike and LOVE it! Superb fork. I'm getting another one on my next bike.
    That is exactly what I was going for, but first I have to find a place that's actually willing to take the images I got from Edge and make the decals. That part has proved to be the most difficult of the process.
    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    My opinion. Go decal-less. Too much chance for error and too much time to try to make decals.

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    I figured I should throw this in here just in case anyone is confused about WHY I feel the fork must be alterred. I believe the image speaks for itself...



    I am actually thinking we'll probably end up just going solid white, as I already have all of the paint and supplies to get that done - my friend just has to get the right gun out of storage to do the paint. I'll keep you guys posted...
    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadBikeVirgin
    I am actually thinking we'll probably end up just going solid white, as I already have all of the paint and supplies to get that done - my friend just has to get the right gun out of storage to do the paint. I'll keep you guys posted...
    Good call--I don't know why you'd spend the extra money to advertise for Edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val_Garou
    Good call--I don't know why you'd spend the extra money to advertise for Edge.
    I think they're a cool company, and they have answer every single e-mail I've sent to them, regardless of what kind of question I was asking. And I can tell that they were specificially answering my question, and not just copy and pasting. How many companies will send you Vector graphics of their logos for your custom projects?

    But yes, it makes the process more complicated, and leaves room for more mistakes to be made. It'll probably just be solid white - let's just hope the white matches
    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    The Cannondale and the Edge logos don't match anyways. And the Edge logo is huge and even bigger than the bike logo. It just looks weird to me that the fork company logo is bigger than the bike company logo. Tacky. Don't be a Nascar, wanna-be bike poser. Decal-less is the way to go on this one.

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    I wanted to keep both the frame and the fork as true to their origins as possible. I thought that just changing the colors on the fork to match the frame would be the best way to accomplish that. Do you not agree? It's not like I'm intending to have big gaudy decals to attract attention. Honestly I'd be happy with all white, but I honestly like the Cannondale company as well as Edge Composites. What can you do.
    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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    RBV, Talk to starnut, as he has the correct codes for all cannondale's paint shades

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachtjager
    RBV, Talk to starnut, as he has the correct codes for all cannondale's paint shades

    gordon
    Thanks, I already did. As per STARNUT, the paint code for the white '09 frame is DUPONT IMRON 6000 L3874. As per Cannondale, the red decals are "Race Red, Dupont chip #P34567."

    Unfortunately, the paint supplier I spoke with quoted several hundred dollars for the paint to exactly match the frame, so I had to get something close that was a lot cheaper. My friend has sanded and primered the fork, and should be painting/clear coating today.
    Me: Slowly thinning cyclist (PhysicsDiet profile: http://www.physicsdiet.com/Public.aspx?u=gtpsbert )
    My bike: '08 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3, '08 Red cranks, Neuvation M28 Aero3 wheels
    Just finished: '09 CAAD9 BB30 frameset, Cannondale Hollowgram Si SL cranks, Edge Composites Road 2.0 Fork, '09 Rival groupset, Mavic Ksyrium SL M10 wheels (http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...d.php?t=167402)

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