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Stripped off all the paint from the stock steel tank and hit it up with some clear. She needs a nice wet sand and maybe another coat of clear, but I couldn't wait to get her back together to see what it's gonna look like...







Used to be black with the white stripe.
 

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Looks great! Good to see something different. Have you thought about doing grinds into the metal? You know, patterns?
 

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na, doesn't do it for me,
OMG why do that, you've ruined a good craftman's paint job ? IMO

what was wrong with the original ?
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Why do it? Cause I can! :p

And actually my bike is a salvage rebuild so the paint wasn't perfect to begin with. It wasn't terrible, but had a few chips/scratches and some nice staining to the clear where someone (not me) used to like to rest the gas cap on the tank while filling 'er up:confused:.
 

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Out of curiousity, did you use any chemicals while getting the paint off, or did you simply put a little proverbial elbow grease and a sander to it?
I used two different sizes of 3m paint stripper wheels for a power drill that you can get at Walmart (and they are way cheaper there than the auto parts stores!). I got a large surface one (black and looks like two smaller ones stuck together), and a thinner red one that is slightly less abrasive. I also had to buy a corded drill cause my cordless' batteries wouldn't last the 3+ hours it took. And yeah I am slow...

I forgot to mention....a Monza fuel tank cap would also add a lot to the look of the bike. I commend you for resurrecting a salvaged job.


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I have a new cap on order, but not the monza. I was having a hard time deciding what color to go with (black, aluminum, chrome, or brass), but am trying black for the first go.

Also I can't take credit for resurrecting her from the dead. The Previous Owner brought her back just enough to get through the DMV, and I am just making her purty again. Smashed headers was probably the worst thing I've had to fix. The rest is just minor damage and blemishes.

Can't say I'm lovin the black mudguard/raw metal tank/brown seat combo. If you were to lose the front mudguard and get a greytop seat....
I am not lovin' the black fender either. Not 100% sure on what to do with it. I'd strip it like the tank if it wasn't plastic!!! Hopefully once I figure that out it'll look more balanced.

And to the comments regarding the patterns in the metal, a buddy of mine was trying to talk me into small 1-2 inch circles with a polisher, but kinda sounded like that would require "skills" to get them lined up properly. Is that in line with what you are calling patterns?
 

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Yeah - that sounds like a 'pattern'.......

But, to be honest, the more I look at it the more I like it without a pattern though. I think it's very simple and effective. My bike is all blacked out but I considered doing this as a nice 'accent' to the rest of the bike. I have black heritage badges I would stick on there to finish er off.

Either way, I think it looks great and I commend you on having the guts to go through with it.

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i clear coated an old bmx frame out of a spray can once and it did start to rust underneath after about a month and after three it looked awfull.its a shame because i like the look you could try a proffesional clear coat if you can afford it.sanding it down twice is heartbreaking.
 

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And to the comments regarding the patterns in the metal, a buddy of mine was trying to talk me into small 1-2 inch circles with a polisher, but kinda sounded like that would require "skills" to get them lined up properly. Is that in line with what you are calling patterns?
it's called "engine turning"

 

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It provides you with the opportunity of painting her British Racing Green :)
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Get a Metal Front Fender

I am not lovin' the black fender either. Not 100% sure on what to do with it. I'd strip it like the tank if it wasn't plastic!!! Hopefully once I figure that out it'll look more balanced.

You could always purchase the factory chrome front fender from Triumph and strip/sand off the plating and junk down to bare metal. That could work.
 
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