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I switched to black paint on all the saddle parts. I just need to snag a hunk of carpet pad to finish up.
The seat clamp was painted black also but I like mine "natural". I stipped it down with the vinegar which only took 1 day - you can see by the time I got the remainder of the saddle done the bare metal clamp parts had started to rust.
I took a Dremel Tool with a wire brush attachment and buffed the bare metals parts to a shine.
One coat of clear and it's ready to rock & roll. The bolt head even has "Messinger" embossed on it. I do this same treatment to many bare metal parts - kick stands, seat posts, bolts & nuts. The clear coat keeps it from rusting and doesn't dry out like a lubricant plus the vinegar treatment eats out the rust from cracks, threads, etc. Moving on.
new grips? tank looks good! do they make that in 24"?
"My eyes are drooling!"
"When it comes to math, there's 3 kinds of people in the world:
Those that can count and those that can't "
I have Roadmaster decals that are gold with black outlines so I knew I couldn't paint the tank insert black because the outline of the lettering wouldn't show at all. So I figured if I painted the insert grey and the remainder of the tank black it would look too busy going from grey on the top bar to black and back to grey. So I stared at the tank for awhile and thought I'd try this. The gold accents match the lettering plus bring just a little bit of color to the bike. I mocked up one side of the tank real quick with a brush and bottle paint to get a feel for how it looks. But when I grabbed another 99 cent can of grey paint it was a different shade but I kind of like the 2 tone grey with black - I might stick with it. I'll mask the tank when I spray the gold and I'm afraid these old hands are pretty shakey so I'm going to look into pinstriping. Let me know what you guys think of the tank paint scheme - always looking for ideas but I kind of like it as is.
Gold lettering/stripes on black is a classic combo. If the outline wasn't visible at all, it could look pretty cool.
it's all about the bikes, man. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50053
I was going to update my sig line, but I'm not seein' anything worth plagiarizing right now.
The UPS guy brought me some goodies today! I've been trying to decide on a set of wheels for some time and then I came across these. First - the rims are black which fits with my scheme - Second - the rims are also 2.35 wide - Third - the spokes are 12 gauge stainless steel - Fourth - the hubs are black too and the rear is a Shimano! What's not to like and very affordable. My Fat Franks are gonna love these - ME TOO! I figured with new wheels and new tires I'd get me some super-duper tubes to go with them. Guess what I'm doing this weekend!
I don't claim it to be a paint remover but it did remove all the paint from every piece with this Messinger saddle. However, I did de-rust another seat once with the white vineger and it left some of the factory black paint on the flat frame surfaces. I guess all paint is not created equal.
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