Velocite Selene is now in the paint shop and will be finished this week.
We checked the colour and decal quality last week and I just received the physical colour samples.
I tried to take photos that capture the perfection of the colours that we are using, but like with Millennium that is also shot peened, for me it is impossible to take photos that do justice to the finish.
The problem is with lighting and with what shot peening does to the light. Due to its special nature – numerous smooth pits in the metal – the light bends (diffracts) around the surface of the tube making it really difficult for a single point of view to capture the beauty of it. It is like taking photos of a diamond or something else that alters the behaviour of light.
In words, the finish quality and the chosen paints are spectacular (literally 🙂 The shot peened surface delivers a similar finish to the one observed with metallic paints – with the additional already mentioned light trickery. The other benefit is that shot peening is an excellent way to enhance paint adhesion and durability.
The painting process itself did not cut any corners either, there are 4 coats of paint and 4 coats of clear coat for each of the two colours that we are using.
Combined with the other excellent qualities of Selene’s design, I remain truly confident that this will be the definitive alloy road frame once it hits the market.
Here is my best photographic effort with the colour samples: