Daughter build, BMX mini

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  1. Indyjps

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    Got 3 builds going,in the anything goes build off. I'll put this one here. Going to rebuild this wih my daughter, 6 years old. She didn't want a "boy" bike.

    2003 Diamondback RM Jr. Aluminum frame, Euro square bottom bracket, sealed flip flop hubs. Mini rims aren't iso 406 like BMX, they're iso 451 if you guys aren't familiar.

    As found, complete and rideable but pretty worn. Talked with the seller, his kid raced it, bought it from another racer, never been a street bike.

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    All set up on a moving blanket, next to the heater. She'll be wrenching on each part.
     
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    We kicked it in gear. Daughter was there for all the wrenching.
    Notice the plastic, caustic chemicals on the way. I was planning on trying out salvage the OG paint and just shoot pearl over it, but it's pretty beat. Definitely not "pretty" 20170317_191643.jpg
     
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    Clean aluminum, here we go.
     
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    Sanded the aluminum with 500 for even texture, then wetsanded with 600 and PPG panel prep and shot paint immediately.
    I think a lot of adhesion problems with aluminum come from oxidation, by sanding and keeping the aluminum wet with panel prep until right before paint I've eliminated a lot of that.

    Pink pearl in automotive clear directly over aluminum on the frame, fork has black base with same pink pearl clear. Looks black in fluorescent garage lights and pops under a 400w halogen.
     
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    Looks good!!!!
     
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    Decals and bar assembly, you can see how much this paint flips colors.
     
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    Looks awesome! That paint is cool!

    Love 451's, had some bitd, they rode fast!
     

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