markjohnobrien wrote:but it’s the problem with the soft modern paint finishes that aren’t durable that’s the issue. I used to own a Roberts and it was resprayed by Colourtech around 2014 (who did all of their frames): absolutely beautiful work, dazzling to look at, but soft as ....
Exactly my experience too. I had a frame resprayed at Colourtech via Roberts about the same time, beautiful, but even after leaving it a few weeks as soon as I tightened any fittings like seat bolts or bottle cages the paint flaked off to reveal white undercoat.
Any little knock or rub left areas that needed retouching. I suspect it may be a touch tougher now, but it made me too think of titanium.
Had 2 more Roberts frames resprayed a year later, they are still to be rebuilt, so hopefully have hardened off better.
Finally 2 years ago I had my 1987 Roberts that I was still racing in its original tough metallic light green, raced a lot, crashed a few times, travelled a bit and never even had a chainstay protector whereas the bike resprayed a few years ago chips through the chainstay protector! But due to surface rust I had it resprayed at C&G in Liverpool. Again a beautiful finish, thick as the frame number had disappeared under the BB, but the lugs were still fine. This frame has not been rebuilt yet either, so unable to give a full opinion on the robustness of the finish.
But in common with others here I agree it seems that the modern paints are just not like they used to be regarding toughness.