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Here's my dilema.

I bought a 05 Specialized P1 frame. The frame was stripped of parts (meaning the headset and BB were installed, and removed). The mating surfaces on the headtube and BB have a touch of the P1's coating on them, but they are indeed flat. I know that when a frame's faced that it's just shiny metal right?

I was told that if I was to use loose ball stuff it makes a difference but if using cartridge bearings it doesn't make such a difference. I know everything else was done to the frame because you can see where the headtube was reamed and the BB's shells threads are all perfect. I'm using a FSA Plat. BB and a FSA PIG DH Pro headset (both cartridge bearings).

I was even told by the person who sold me the frame that some old timers will say face it, others would say it's fine. Clearly the bike had parts on it which is what makes me wonder why specialized out of all companies would still leave some of their finish on the headtube and BB mating surfaces. So what should I do? I dunno how much my LBS charges for facing the BB and the headtube. I've never had a LBS here really do much but press in a headset.

Just wondering what other's feel is on this
 

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The paint is just overspray. I don't think facing it would be neccesary. I've never bothered with it. It's also possible that not all shops will even have the appropriate tools.
 

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XSL_WiLL said:
The paint is just overspray. I don't think facing it would be neccesary. I've never bothered with it.
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maybe a dumb question...but wouldn't putting the BB or headset on and then slowly tightening it then lossening then tightening work....like turn an 1/8 to 1/4 revolution...then backing off 1/2 a turn then redoing the 1/8 to 1/4 work???
 
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