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post #61 of 88 (permalink) Old 09-11-2016, 07:09 PM
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If I'm seeing it correctly, you changed from the BC airbox removal kit to another battery box to do the open side; what did you do?
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If I'm seeing it correctly, you changed from the BC airbox removal kit to another battery box to do the open side; what did you do?
Correct. I sold it to a friend and got the Iron Cobra kit.
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That is one awesome bike. Can you share details on how to got the tank bare (and how you protect it) and the airbox removal? They're my next winter projects.... along with about 247 others...
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That is one awesome bike. Can you share details on how to got the tank bare (and how you protect it) and the airbox removal? They're my next winter projects.... along with about 247 others...

1) remove tank and drain gasoline
2) remove cap and mask off filler hole
3) using plastic gloves and lots of newspaper coat the tank in a thick layer of airplane stripper gel with a paint brush.
5) be extremely careful with this **** and have a hose on hand. The smallest speck of it will start burning your skin immediately.
6) sit back and watch your paint fall off and then scrape it off with a plastic paint scraper. You will also have to reapply stripper gel.
7) only do top of tank down to the weld line. Don't strip bottom of tank.
8) once you've removed all the paint and **** with the gel you can sand to your preference for texture. I personally did 200-400-600 grits.
9) apply gibbs spray to prevent rust. You will have to resanded rust and reapply periodically. Not a big deal. Don't leave your bike out in the rain, it will only rust faster but it's not the end of the world.






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Airplane stripper gel is probably the most evil chemical I have ever encountered. Be careful. Have an entire box of plastic gloves on hand, a hose, and be careful. That being said it's quite fantastic at removing paint/primer. I never once sanded paint, only the bare metal after the gel had done its dirty work. The paint will literally jump off the tank. It's fun to watch.


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Airplane stripper gel is probably the most evil chemical I have ever encountered. Be careful. Have an entire box of plastic gloves on hand, a hose, and be careful. That being said it's quite fantastic at removing paint/primer. I never once sanded paint, only the bare metal after the gel had done its dirty work. The paint will literally jump off the tank. It's fun to watch.


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One thing I was considering doing is getting my tank down to the raw metal, then using a gun bluing kit. The kit darkens the metal giving it a blackish bluish hue. I did it to some BMX handlebars and it came out looking awesome.
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One thing I was considering doing is getting my tank down to the raw metal, then using a gun bluing kit. The kit darkens the metal giving it a blackish bluish hue. I did it to some BMX handlebars and it came out looking awesome.
Do you then have to clear coat it?
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Do you then have to clear coat it?
I didn't. I heard it's best to leave it raw so if it rusts you can just sand off the rust and recoat with Gibbs. It will require maintenance but it's really not bad. I wouldn't do this if you leave your bike outside though. Rain makes it rust real quick. If you clear coat it you risk having it rust under the clear coat and then you have to sand that **** off which is even more of a pain in the ass.
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One thing I was considering doing is getting my tank down to the raw metal, then using a gun bluing kit. The kit darkens the metal giving it a blackish bluish hue. I did it to some BMX handlebars and it came out looking awesome.
I'm gonna look into this. I've never seen or heard of this process.
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Thank you for this - super helpful. I'm a lazy spud, so I think I'd rather clear-coat it... I'll hopefully get it done this winter.
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