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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I am trying to get this scoot back on the road. I am redoing the front forks and would like to know what is the best paint and procedure for doing the front down tubes. They have been sanded to remove the old stuff and just thought I would ask. If anyone has a special way of doing it please let me know. Thanks Chuter.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 11:47 PM
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I thought the stanchions are hard chrome and the sliders are bare aluminum.
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same here.

It's possible that someone's done a retro look? I suppose that an acid etch and rattle can would do it.

I like the shiny look!
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I am trying to get this scoot back on the road. I am redoing the front forks and would like to know what is the best paint and procedure for doing the front down tubes. They have been sanded to remove the old stuff and just thought I would ask. If anyone has a special way of doing it please let me know. Thanks Chuter.
I'm guessing you must mean the frame downtubes? If I'm tarting up a frame without stripping it right down, I just sand it down smooth, then spray with normal rattle can paint after masking everything up very carefully. Paint available in USA will no doubt be quite different brand-wise to here so I won't mention any brand names. There's no secret to it though - just prepare well and use decent quality paint.
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I thought the stanchions are hard chrome and the sliders are bare aluminum.
Yes, the stantions are hard chrome and the sliders or aluminum, the aluminum sliders are what I want to paint. After 40 years they get pretty crappy. I was thinking a nice type of caliper paint in aluminum or some other contrasking color. Just don't really know what type of paint, maybe enamal. Any suggestion? Thanks Chuter.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 07:50 PM
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In my opinion,polished sliders always look best.
If you want to paint them,use zinc-chromate primer.Other primers don't work so well on aluminium.
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as mr pete says. Polish them

You'd be amazed at the finish that you'll get with a bit of time polishing them
Then it's up to you whether you wax or lacquer
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I'm with them. Take the time to polish them. You will be happy you did.
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Painted mine with clear wheel coating.

Has some kind of reflective sparkle additive.



Soap & water to clean.

Spindle caps are new after market http://www.britishbikeconnection.com/ .

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