another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Monday, 12 December 2011


powdercoating. the toughest thing in the world to remove from bearing surfaces and threads, i know from bitter experience trying to chase threads and cleaning up surfaces to allow fitment of  bearings, it's worth spending some time masking off the surfaces before it goes for spraying, it's not just a matter of taping up the area as if you were going to hit it with a rattle can, before painting, the frame and associated parts will need to be blasted with a medium to remove rust and dirt, this will provide a clean surface and a 'key' for a good finish, i used some celulose thinners to clean all the grease from the swingarm pivots, the bottom engine mountings and the steering head, [any grease will ruin the the finish as soon as the parts are put into the oven for baking, the grease thins with the heat and will leave nasty runs in the finished job, been there, done that], a couple of 16mm flange bolts and washers to mask off the swinging arm pivot points and i made a some blanking caps from some scrap aluminium sheet to mask the steering head and clamped them together with a piece of 6mm rod, not the most interesting of jobs i know, but, it will save loads of time when we get the frame back and start building..........

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