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Old 10-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
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Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Michigan, USA
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The first order of business was replacing dull with shiny. I was enrolled in an auto restoration program when I was doing this so I had access to about every tool known to man. Every night I had class I'd load up a few more parts and slip them into the bead blast cabinet at some point during the evening. About the only part I didn't blast myself was the frame - that got done professionally, while I waited. Money well spent BTW.

I didn't even bring that home after it was blasted, I dropped it off at the powdercoater, along with some other bits. Pretty much anything you see that's black on this bike is powdercoated, except for the headlight mounts.

Ooh, shiny...

And now my first "Do as I say and not as I do" moment. I brought the frame directly from the blaster's to the coater's. Don't do that. Take it home, Look it over, inspect it.

I knew the frame had rust pits on the battery tray, I knew the coater did show quality work. I wasn't building a show bike. I told him to ignore the flaws on the frame.

He did. So when I got the frame home, I discovered these bright and shiny lumps of something on the frame tubes. I was heartbroken. well first I was pissed off. Then I went to build my case on why he was going to fix it for me. It would be easy. I had taken a stupid amount of digital pictures of the bike before I brought him the frame. All I had to do was show him pics of a smooth tube in the areas where the lumps were now.

Except, when I went and looked at the pics? yeah... not so smooth. I thought it was just grunge but apparently someone had done some nasty welding at one point and I was stuck with the aftermath. My fault. That's when pissed off turned to bummed.

So, Tip #1. Examine EVERYTING very closely before taking it somewhere to be refinished. Shiny flaws look much worse than grungy flaws. Trust me on this.

Tip #2 - If you haven't got a decent digital camera, BUY ONE. And use it. Take pictures of everything, from every angle. Capture it all before you touch it and while you're stripping it down. You never know when you'll come up with a question and digital storage is cheap.

Moving along, after thoughts of stripping it again, smoothing it all out, and refinishing it, I came to the realization that the worst of it would be hidden once the bodywork was installed. There was only one spot that would show and it wasn't that bad. I played a little trick to hide it and in three seasons of riding, no one has noticed, or at least mentioned it to me.

Yeah, I got lucky.
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