This is the end result of a 1958 Mercian Vincitore track iron we found concealed and abandoned under thick blanket of hot pink powder, its chromed ends winking at us and beckoning us in close. In truth there was never any doubt this was a beautiful frame - the quality of the filework on the lugs and the wrapover was obvious even through the congealed-Wham-bar finish. For a number of reasons, the best frames are the easiest to paint right - there's already so much good stuff going on with them that the only thing required of the paint is to allow those details to speak for themselves, and to complement them subtly.
Of course, other people have a different take on that thinking. There are certainly those who subscribe to the more-is-more school of refinishing and building. The most ornate and complicated lugs, chromed and meticulously lined. Paint in two or three contrasting colours. Built up with the shoutiest kit you could afford. It's not really our vibe though. We prefer to keep things a bit more under the radar.