Reading your page about the restoration of your Masi, I wonder if you'd consider
adding my comment to it, or perhaps modifying it a bit.
Thanks for writing up your experience in restoring your Masi, I'm glad you
found the experience to be rewarding.
May I point out a few things regarding your report. First, your readers should
be aware that your frame was very poor condition and therefore need much more
work than is required for most refinishes. In this case, there was $290 worth
of such services. In addition, you opted for our best, Category 1 refinish,
which is $65 more that the Category 2. Cat 2 is more like the original finish.
Therefore a Masi frame with normal finish damage would have cost only $539.65.
We do require a 50% deposit to begin work, and sometimes will run the entire
amount, with permission, if a credit card is used, but in no case to we ever
require full payment in advance!
Our usual delivery time is 3 to 8 weeks. This job took longer because it involved
much extra work and we sometimes get over booked in the rechrome shop.
We rarely adjust our estimates, but we do a have policy of allowing not more
than 10% increase to cover hidden flaws, so we can address them at once and
not have to stop in the middle of painting to get approval for extra work
under this limit. An estimate is an estimate after all.
The paint was a little thicker than original because the entire frame was
badly rust pitted, which the black color would have emphasized had we not
sanded and filled it with an extra layer.
I thought only missed cutout was the "M" in the shell, which was
not always done during the era of this bikes production. if we missed another,
I'm very sorry.
Thanks for opportunity to clarify these things.