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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimVonBaden, Aug 20, 2017.
I couldn't cope with that mess, look at the size of the f#cking spyder lurking in that pile!!!
What I see is another game of "I spy..."
Better, plus a bunch of stuff to sell.
Finally almost over this week long cold, and the weather has warmed up some, so I got to setting up the paint booth for this week's paint.
I also glued the outer skin on the right pannier.
Assembled the paint booth in my garage in prep for painting my project bike tomorrow. Adding the plastic, taping it to the frame and itself, sealed it well, and made the frame stiff.
Still a little more to do.
The two fans, one pushing one pulling, create a small air flow that should help. No worries on the fumes, I have the right gear, and the paint is low VOC.
Some of the parts are done, but not as good as I wanted. I should have practiced on a junk part first, but I didn't. I expect a lot of post paint correction once the paint cures. I still need to finish and paint the tank, and touch up the panniers.
Overall I am OK with the work. The paint has a bit too much orange peal, and a bad first mix means a couple runs. The shine is decent though.
On the subject of the paint booth. It worked pretty well. I should have painted fewer parts at a time as the booth is a little tight. But overall it worked great!
BTW, this is my first time shooting auto paint since I was a kid.
So, today I took a couple of pieces outside to see how they looked in natural light. In a word, terrible. Huge orange peal that would make an orange proud, runs I couldn't see yesterday, and thin spots in the paint on several pieces.
I decided to start over. I sanded all of them down to smooth, which took 5 hours. Then adjusted the paint mix to 8/2/1.
Immediately I could see a dramatic improvement. 3 coats later and they look very good. Far less orange peal, no real runs, a couple small sags, and a great shine.
Now, should I paint my GS side panels? The paint is a very close match to the bike paint color, metal flake and all.
yes you should.
Tore down the paint booth and cleaned up the huge mess. Got the bikes back in the garage and parts set aside for polishing. Just in time to travel to SoCal this week.
Cleaned up the paint and took off the overspray. The paint looks good overall, with a couple runs and a couple small dry spots.
Overall I am pretty happy with the paint. Not pro, but shiny and looks good.
Because of our wonderful Congress I had a little free time today. So, I first fixed the broken stud on my head, welded on a nut:
Then did some assembly of the bike, I got the panniers, both fenders and the fairing on, then set the side panels and seats on to see how it will look.
I need to work on the tank, assemble it with new parts and put the roundels on. Then the rest of the bike with new brakes, all new fluids, plugs and a tune.
Very nice work.
Thanks guys. It is looking like a bike, but there is a long way to go. I want to make it to the Bikes and Breakfast in February, if I can.
Following and learning. I bought a K100rs for cheap that had the fairing hacked off and had been stored outside. Once I’ve gone through the mechanicals, I want to focus on the cosmetics and that means a respray much like yours.
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Looks fantastic! Fun to watch all of your fixings, paintings, creating, repairings… You, Sir, are an inspiration!
"Sorry man, but that's the ugliest/over engineered/German POS I have ever seen!" (my old post)
I guess I didn't have the vision, that turned out nice !
Wow, that means a lot. Thanks!
looking good, surprising that with some visual cleanup that bike actually takes on a style that catches the eye instead of making you turn away. Keep it up!
It looks great!