I posted in the framebuiders thread about this, but would be keen to hear other opinions on this.
I just bought a new steel frameset from a guy in the US. When it arrived it had some paint damage just below the seat collar (see attached).
I emailed him about it and stated that I was a bit concerned about it now being a spot susceptible to rust etc.
His response was as follows;
"The frame is dipped in a black ed coating prior to painting. The black ed finish is a corrosion preventative coating so there shouldn't be any more chance of rust there than if it had paint. The frame is masked off for paint under the seat collar so the frame finish is the same under the collar is it is under that spot where it chipped. You can see the black inside the seat tube and under the collar."
He offered a very small refund (about $40) which I, possibly prematurely, accepted.
It is playing on my mind a bit now and that's why I'm asking on here. Is the chip likely to get bigger and has this diminished the resale value considerably?
Sending back to the US will be an absolute ballache with all the charges etc
I have had a pretty good experience with the guy before theis and if the damage is purely cosmetic, I might just have to live with it as I really do not want to be returning this to the US.