BUILDER: Cooper Bikes
FINISH:  Our Introduction to Paint course has seen a spread of students creating strong finishes of different types but this one from Charlie Cooper might just be our favourite...

Referencing a classic Cooper race car, this finish hosts a simple top and bottom solid colour divide. The lower portion of the bike is finished in a traditional, in-house matched 'Connaught Green' and is contrasted against the light grey of the upper section of the bike.

The level of technical skill utilised in creating the long, sharp freehand tape edge separating the colours is beyond that of a novice and is successful in creating a crisp, clean look.

The flourishes on this design are subtle; first the classic Columbus dove on the seat tube. Second, the off-centre number '7' graphic on the down tube to represent the car's hand-painted race number. You'll also notice that the actual number 7 character has been applied in a metallic black to contrast against the flat solids of the grey and green; a subtle touch, but effective.

Also noteworthy is how well Charlie polished his finish. These images show a smooth, glossy clearcoat with consistent lustre and almost no visible imperfection.

As a further addition, Charlie took the skills he learned with us home and used them to paint a colour-matched stem to finish of his bike. Just brilliant.

[images courtesy of Cooper Bikes]