For those of you on this blog who weren't aware of this, I am Chris's wife and the Annette who packs your orders and sometimes emails you when I screw them up. As the owner of the Blue Frame, and wife of the Silver Frame, I have the rare opportunity to compare the frames side by side and to compare them to other production frames that we own.
I simply don't like the blue color; I think it's too "different" to be associated with VO, to be the "Velo Orange blue." I want to get it right for our future customers. Hence, my decision to have it repainted.
I know from our days in the boatbuilding business that different colors simply go on thinner or thicker than others. It was not a surprise to me that the silver looks thinner than the blue; for that matter, the silver looks thinner than Chris's orange Ebisu. I would not reject the Blue Frame because of the paint coverage. Had I not seen the Silver Frame or read the comments on the post below (A Blue Frame), I may not have even noticed the "thickness" (partially because I was so blinded by the blueness...). I'm not sure I agree with Chris when he says the Silver is a bit thin.
Color is such a personal thing; it's very scary for some of us. I wear mainly denim and black, simply b/c I can't make a decision. Many of our walls are white. To offer quality frames at a competitive price, we thought it best to narrow the VO color choices to four established Imron colors. We're still adjusting to get those four colors just right. One problem is that the actual Imron color chart is rather rare and costly, too costly to provide to every potential customer. And a pdf of the color chart just doesn’t do it. Therefore, we’ve given ourselves the unenviable task of choosing these colors for you.
These are early days at VO, and we appreciate your patience and input, though it does seem at times that I’m living The Truman Show.
For what it's worth, Alec's (our 7-year old) immediate reaction was, "Suweeeeet!" but I suspect he just liked hearing himself say it.