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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:56 pm

Looking very good, and I really like the shape of the seat pan, definitely individual!
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:10 am

Thank you. I was trying to make it flow with the contours of the tank, frame, and rear fender so it would have some nice shapes and curves. A nice transition between all three without making it any larger then it needed to be. I have a ¾ inch adhesive backed seat foam from Airtech that I will cut to shape and stick on.
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Mon May 05, 2014 4:18 am

Well the contractor is out of my way in the garage. So I made a drying room out of my work bench area that’s a 8 X 8 cubbyhole (without the work bench and tool boxes) that can be closed on one side. I have an old kitchen hood in it for light / ventilation so the final base coat could dry.





I try to do everything I can on any project I work on and the painting was no different. I got the equipment and I know how it works. I understand the prep work and how to do it but when it comes to pulling the trigger on the paint gun I had to through in the towel I don’t have that skill set. So I enlisted the help of the most artistic person I know, my wife. And she put on a very nice final base coat.




I always say know your limitations. Now I need to put the accent color on the tank and side plates then I will be ready to clear everything.

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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Sun May 11, 2014 11:35 am

Just read your project process ( I'm hoping to purchase an older bike and start my own project this year so reading as much as I can ) you have made good progress looking forward to the next instalment

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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Sat May 17, 2014 4:09 pm

Got a little more time today so I thought I would try and finish the tank before the clear coat. First I wet sanded with 1200 grit to make it nice and smooth. Then I used 1/8 pin stripe tape to layout the shape to paint and to get a nice clean edge when I removed it. Then covered everything I did not to paint with wide painters tape. Here are some pics.

Taped up before paint,






Then I painted and removed the tape and it looks like this.










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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:39 pm

Will I haven’t got in the garage for a while due to work and life in general. I did find some time to finish the paint so I can clear coat everything this weekend. That will be the end of the paint part of the project so I will start the final assembly. I put a number 13 on side plates because I like the number and it’s my birthday so it really means something to me. I added a red pinstripe where the blue meets the red. I like the highlight and it nicely covers the rough edge when I painted the numbers on. Still working with a learning curve on the paint. I really hope this project comes out the way I see it in my head.

Here’s a couple of pics of one of the side plates and the side of the tank.










More to come….



Ok just before I hit the send button I looked at the 2 pics and thought that’s not the same blue. So I put then side-by-side and I think it’s one of those light tricks.

And here’s the proof





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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:27 am

I did get to the clear coat this weekend and hopefully that will be the last of the paint work. I do have the final clean up and buffing left to do.  After this part of the project I have a new respect for anyone that does bodywork for a living.
I gave everything bath to make sure there wasn’t anything that could cause the clear not to take. I dried the parts with compressed air and let them dry in the sun for a minute.



Then I covered everything in the garage, mixed the clear, and went at it.




I’ll give it a 90% success. I do have some runs to deal with. I found a technique online using a glazing compound. You put a thin layer over the run area as a filler to make the area the same thickness. Then you carefully block sand the area. So by the time you remove all the glazing compound you have cut down the high part of the run without sanding through the thinner clear. This sounds like a safest way to correct this error without needed to repaint.


The one thing I found that’s different with painting then fabricating or wrenching on anything is the dedicated block of time you need to give to it. If your fabricating or wrenching on the bike and you only have an hour of free time you can work on it for an hour and if you’re not done no big deal, it will be there when you get back. With paint the amount of time your pulling the trigger is the shortest part of the job. The pre setup, the post clean up, and drying time between coats adds up a good part of the day. I think that’s been slowing me down on getting this finished.  
At least that’s how I see it.


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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:56 am

you've done a good job, it looks a real work up and it can make or break the final look of the bike, I hope to do mine myself but definitely not looking forward to it Embarassed 
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:15 am

I talked to the shop that I get some of my paint from and he said not to use the glazing compound as filler, it’s a lot of extra work. He recommended to just use 1500, a block, some water, be careful, and take your time. When I have where I want it use a cutting then a polishing compound with a buffer and I should be good to go.
Wish me luck a screw up is a re-paint.
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:04 pm

Like I said last time I had a problem and I tried to fix it and made it worse. So here is the pic I really didn’t want to show but hay I said I was on a learning curve. It was a good screw-up and it looked like this.  





The next couple of pics are my attempt to fix without repainting. Using 400 wet sandpaper I tried to get rid of the run.




I even buffed it a little to see if it was fixed good enough to let it slid. But I did not like it. You could still see the problem.






So I got the paint out again and did a touchup then after buffed it and it looks like this now.



That will be the end of the paint. Good, bad, or indifferent it is what it is now,


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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:27 am

you've done a good repair mate Smile that can be a problem when doing something like paint spraying when your not an expert, especially ss the look of the tank can make or break the whole project. you gonna put any writing or decals on the tank?
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:24 am

Thank you for the complement and at this time I am not adding anything else. Although I corrected the problem there are problem areas that I don’t like. The only way to fix them completely would be start over. That will be a different winter project and maybe then I’ll work on different graphics. So the short answer is I’m done with the paint and I will be focusing on getting it back together.
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PostSubject: Re: 81 CB900c project in Virginia Beach   Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:51 pm

Starting to put everything back together. I put the seat on the seat pan. Got the lights on front and back. So I thought I would share some pics. I hope you like these.












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