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well hello! i currently have 2 builds going on right now... a TX500 cafe project as well as a 73 CB350 project... from Elgin IL... do a bit of it all... work on anything from Harley, custom chops, rockets... and my true passion... OLD A$$ bikes!
here are some pics of the builds thus far:
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Looks like you've got your hands full with projects.. Just like me!! :shock:

How'd you go about painting that front wheel? Build/re-lace it or tape it off????

Welcome aboard!

GB :mrgreen:
 

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lots of tape... i first buffed out the rim... from there i washed the whole wheel in simple green, then i wire wheeled it... taped it off... cleaned the wheel with PREP... and shot it with epoxy paint









 

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Looks good to me. WOW, you are'nt kidding about the tape!!! :shock:

I take it you used automotive type paint? I've gotta learn how to do that someday, after I buy ALL of the equipment... ;)

Thanks for the pics too!

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nope it is rattle can... black epoxy appliance paint... toughest paint you can buy!!!
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How fuel resistant is it? I'd like to figure out what paint/option I'm going with before I get my engine glass bead blasted. Free at work ;)

Opinions on good looking/durable/fuel resistant paint anyone? :|

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it works well... but will not handle the heat if you are shooting a motor... you will need high heat paint... either that or powder... i did a bunch of powder coating work on the bike this week... got in a new bronze powder i figured i would try... came out pretty good!

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after clear:


rear wheels, done... powder coating... done
 

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How fuel resistant is it? I'd like to figure out what paint/option I'm going with before I get my engine glass bead blasted. Free at work ;)

Opinions on good looking/durable/fuel resistant paint anyone? :|

GB :mrgreen:

GB -

I just got off the varnish crap with that aircraft paint remover (works great in a couple of minutes), then cleaned with acetone, sprayed with etching primer, then painted with duplicolor engine enamel and baked.
The baking really does the trick - I can dig my thummbnail into the cases as hard as I can and not leave a mark.
Seems to be pretty gas-resistant too - but it will chip, like if you drop a tool on it or something (not that I've ever done that :shock: :? :oops: :( ).

Though you gotta watch brake fluid - hate that stuff. It ruins most any paint - but maybe a 2-part epoxy paint can handle it, haven't really tried that.

Seems to have no problem handling the heat, even on cylinders and the head and exhaust clamps.
Tends to be a bit shiny though, so you'll want to do a test piece first, to make sure you get whatever gloss rating you're after.
 

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Thanks for the ideas guys! Plus the photos! It looks like I'm gonna go with the Duplicolor High Heat. Black of course :roll:

I used the aircraft stripper spray to remove the clear on my cases before polishing them. They're pretty well finished, but I may go back at em once more. I don't wanna clear coat them because I know how that can turn out. I've been trying to research aluminum protectants lately, and came across a couple potential solutions to protect a mirror finish.

Those wheels are looking good!! You're right though, you can't beat a good coat of powder!!! My frame is gonna be powdered gloss black with copper veins. I think ;)

Keep up the good work!

GB :mrgreen:
 

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here is my frame in bronze
i shot it in bronze powder with a light dry mix gold flake in it, then hot flocked the frame with clear gloss powder, looks insane in the sun!!!
her is a mock up


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and the heart:
 

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That engine looks sick! I dig the bronze color, something I have never seen before!
 

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it is a custom color... i also did a dry mix with gold flake so that in the sun it has a bit of a BLING to it... looks sick... then i cleared it with an ultra gloss clear to give it some debth!
 

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MOST EXCELLENT!! Those wheels look great! I might just do it too! Hope you don't mind. It looks a heck of a lot better than discolored spokes (no matter how hard you try to clean em).

Want a laugh? Here's me on my 1973 TX500 at Nelsons Ledges. Taken 06/15/75. Check out the "racing boots" and leather gardening gloves" Check out the wear on the front outer edges of my boot soles

Well, apparently I can't figure how to post a photo (yet).
Geez! 3 days and 22 months later (and joining Flickr) here it is.

Nope-- it aint. HMMMMMM

YA!!

Who say's you can't teach an old dog?
My TX (1973) suffered from chronic combustion chamber cracking from the spark plug hole to the valve seats. In 1974, they went to a one piece head and I guess that solved it.
 
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