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Old 01-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #34
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Will didn't want the original tank to the bike... it was actually in pretty good shape, with no rust, a coupla chips in the paint.

Very different in size from his chosen tank, off a DT175 iirc...

So the decision was to strip the DT tank and try to do something in the bare-metal look...

...and with some wetsanding it ended up looking pretty good... it had some dents and dings (patina!) that show up more with the bare metal...

I used some metal-wash (dry powder mixed with water from Eastwood) in a spray bottle to keep it wet as I sanded... and it was truly amazing to see how long the metal stayed non-rusty! months!
XS650 becomes a VT BackRoadRunner
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I love projects that take twice as much effort as should be needed. Should be an Airhead motto. (disston)
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