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Cannondale F800 + Lefty *now up for sale*

ry1978ry1978 Posts: 166
edited January 2013 in Your mountain bikes
Advertised in the classified section 20/1/2013

I caught the refurbing bug after stripping, painting and re-building the Stumpjumper a few months ago. So I decided that my Cannondale hardtail, which has been being used on-road with slicks for the past year, could have the same pampering treatment!

This is how it looked a couple of years ago, It's a 2002 F800 which had seen better days. It looks ok in this pic but up close it was a bit rough...

Last week I set about stripping the components and rubbing down the frame. At the same time a gave everything a thorough check, underneath the scratches and scuffs the frame has stood the test of time really well.
primed and the base colour applied (all done by hand with spray cans from Halfords.)


masked up for the secondary colour...


masking removed and ready for vinyl decals made by me as well...


laquer applied over decals


and I have started building her up tonight...


I'm going to put my rocket rons on instead of the slicks for the winter.

Hoping to get the build finished before christmas, I need to pick up new gear cables and a chain then get out and ride!
Specialized Roubaix
Cannondale F900 SL
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR120


  • That's really nice! Love that colour! Gold seat-clamp spoils it for me (not a gold fan), but will look great with the Rons on! have the new ones going cheap!
  • Fair play, thats a bloody good spray can job!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    edited December 2012
    That's very nice rattle can job similar blue to my old F700
  • pastey_boypastey_boy Posts: 2,083
    Phenomenal effort.
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  • booyakabooyaka Posts: 263
    indeed - excellent paint job!
  • Very impressive, must have taken a while? Nice colours as well :D
  • TorresTorres Posts: 1,266
    That looks absolutely fantastic sir! Top effort. Any tips? :D
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  • ry1978ry1978 Posts: 166
    Cheers for the comments, as for tips I would say that taking your time and being patient are the main things. It took me a week to get to the stage you see here...

    strip down, degrease and clean
    mask faced surfaces such as bottom brackets, headsets and disc mounts. Make sure this is done right!
    key surface using wet and dry (400 grit then 1000 grit)
    2 coats of primer, be patient and build it up thinly! 24 hours to dry in a warm room
    2 coats of base colour, I used two 600ml cans of blue - 24 hours to dry
    Mask off areas to remain blue using masking take, vinyl lettering and bin bags for large areas!
    Apply 2 coats top coat colour (1 x 600ml can of white)
    Allow 24 hours to dry then un mask, clean up any glue residue from vinyl and tape.
    Apply decals
    Apply 2 coats of clear lacquer, 24 hours drying time
    Unmask bottom bracket etc.

    Stand back and admire your handiwork!!!

    The key really is bulding up light coats or it will run and look un-even
    Specialized Roubaix
    Cannondale F900 SL
    Specialized Stumpjumper FSR120
  • ry1978ry1978 Posts: 166
    Just noticed my blue lefty decals have arrived in the post...ever closer to completion!
    Specialized Roubaix
    Cannondale F900 SL
    Specialized Stumpjumper FSR120
  • I am so envious of people who can spray things well, I have tried numerous things and they never end up looking like that! Lovely looking bike.
  • ry1978ry1978 Posts: 166
    A few updates...
    Added the Rocket Rons, pedals and blue Lefty decals (not a perfect colour match, but close enough :D )
    Specialized Roubaix
    Cannondale F900 SL
    Specialized Stumpjumper FSR120
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I like that looks nice well done.
  • ry1978ry1978 Posts: 166
    This is now for sale in the classifieds, if anyone's interested drop me a PM...
    Specialized Roubaix
    Cannondale F900 SL
    Specialized Stumpjumper FSR120
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