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    Ventana reconditioning?

    So who's sent their frame in to be repainted/reconditioned? My El Rey is in great shape but I guess I'm getting the winter boredoms already and can help but wonder how my bike would look with a fresh paint job. Anyone done this?

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    I had two done. Both came back looking like brand new frames. Here're some post refurb pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killrop
    So who's sent their frame in to be repainted/reconditioned? My El Rey is in great shape but I guess I'm getting the winter boredoms already and can help but wonder how my bike would look with a fresh paint job. Anyone done this?
    It's the cheapest way to bring back that spark.......just like the first ride.

    Their are many folks that have changed their frame colors.............getting a new paint job is easier and sometimes cheaper then going to your beautician......plus you don't have to sit their listening to her/him beeeetch about life or sig other.

    It's as easy as picking up the phone......call Ventana they will walk you through the steps. just don't pick blue or red.

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    Those look great! Do they do anything to the rear tri? I have plenty of scuffs.

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    I'm not sure my TM was ever that shiny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killrop
    Those look great! Do they do anything to the rear tri? I have plenty of scuffs.
    Not sure if they re-ball burnish or buff it, I think LC's were buffed out. I had mine painted so not sure. I also had them repair a crack (BB) and then add the longer Seattube and taco gusset. All of course add costs but so worth it. My Bruja was essentially brand new after 8 years of service.

    Before (Grinch Green) and After (Shark Blue).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Killrop
    Those look great! Do they do anything to the rear tri? I have plenty of scuffs.
    I bought the El Rey used and the frames finish was in pretty bad shape especially the stays. Ventana painted, restickered, installed new bearings and attached a new headbadge. I buffed the stays with Mother's polish. It took maybe 20 minutes and looked nearly new afterwards.

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    Similarly, I sent our ECdM in for a repair of a BB crack and a new color was included in the price. I didn't get the memo, so I went with red.

    Once I got it back, I had to check the serial number to make sure it was the same frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okayfine
    Similarly, I sent our ECdM in for a repair of a BB crack and a new color was included in the price. I didn't get the memo, so I went with red.

    Once I got it back, I had to check the serial number to make sure it was the same frame.
    What color is that specifically?

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    Ferrari Red, from the 650 bikes

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    I refurbished the stays, rockers and shock with a new front triangle. The color is Corvette Yellow with dust.
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    I love the Ventana colors... soooo purty. Might do a refurb on El Tigre, but definitely changing the color (had a blue X-5 for 5 years). Thinking of adding ISCG tabs and an extra bossing for the GD to clean up the cables while it's there.
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    I know its a taboo question, but what does the refurb cost? Thinking just a paint job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun
    I know its a taboo question, but what does the refurb cost? Thinking just a paint job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun
    I know its a taboo question, but what does the refurb cost? Thinking just a paint job.
    Not taboo, but just much simpler to call Ventana and ask. I could tell you what it cost me, but we had repair work done, and it's a tandem frame.

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    I didn't ask for a price list--just for stuff I want done So it depends on what you have done.

    Paint-- no heat treating.
    Mods to frame -- heat treating, which is an extra step, so that's more costs.
    Repairs to frame -- also heat treating, but may be different.

    Probably depends on your type of frame and how much work needs to be done. I would think a hardtail would be cheaper than a FS, but I could be wrong.

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    Funny seeing you on this forum Dave. Didn't know you ride.

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