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The wheels are now sanded and ready for painting.Just need it to stop raining, so I can go outside a start painting.
I have manage to get the bottom bracket to fit the Hawthorne, but the doner head set is too small for the head tube I have been trying to find the correct size, but not having much luck here in the U.K? I need an older thicker one that fits. I have tried a standard 1'' head set, but that i still super loose in the head tube.Do early 1'' head set cups have thicker walls than modern day head set cups?
I went to get a few colours yesterday.Textured paint and matt black for the wheels, crank chainring, handle bars etc and the main bike colour.I shall be doing a few test later on tonight, so will pop up some pics of how it looks.
I like the design. Are you going with a decal or are you making a badge from brass?
The 1" cups do come in different sizes (where the cup presses into the headtube could be 28.8mm, 30mm, 32.5mm or some other weird size). I have used shim stock before if the difference isn't too great. If you have a pair of calipers measure the part that presses into the headtube and them start searching for the correct ones.
Good luck, Rg
Thanks very much, i'm pleased you like the design.I may have a play around with a few more ideas for the logo, but for the minute I quite like it.Yes, I will be making the tank and then i'll stencil the side with the logo and i'm also going to have a head badge made from brass, hopefully by a fellow RRB member.
Thanks for the help on the head set cup sizes.I think i'll have to head back to the local bike shop and ask the owner, he wasn't there the other day, maybe he can find me a set.The man the other day measured the head tube and couldn't find anything in the shop.He said to come back a ask the owner, as he might have an idea of the size.Good idea on the shim, may have to go with that.
Just been testing the paint, it looks quite nice.I'll get some pics up asap.
I took some pictures whilst trying out some of the paints today.So far I really like them.I'm going to have another look in the light tomorrow, but I think i'm going to go with these.
Here is the textured paint. 'Aged Iron' , It sprays real nice and should give a great rough look to the paint. It's feels like a light sandpaper.Once the main black matt black goes over the top of the textured paint, then i'll age it even more.It should look nice.Like I said before this will be going on the wheels, handle bars, crank etc
I plan to texture paint the frame and tank too.Here is the main frame and tank colour I have choosen.It's a 'Stone Grey'.It's quite a subtle colour and once it's dirty and aged with dry brushing and with a tank logo, it should look cool.
Hopefully I get painting the wheels over the weekend, and get some pictures up as I go.
Can't wait to see the painted frame!
Looking forward to painting it!
It was a nice dry day today, perfect day to starting the painting of the wheels.
So I began by taping off all the bits I wanted to keep free turning.I can paint in any nuts and bolts at a later stage, so as they don't look too shiny.
Then started on the first coat of the textured paint.It goes on super nice and just gives a light metal rust feel to it.It really gets into all the little cracks and crevices.
Then I allowed them to fully dry and then went at them with some matt black.
This was what I was aiming for.Rough and old looking.An almost pitted look.
It got a bit dark as I was finishing up, so i'll get some better pics in the day light tomorrow.I'm quite happy with how they look.Once I get to work distressing them a bit and put some dry brushing on them.They should look fun!
I wanted to give the wheels a try first, to work out how these paints spray, before doing the frame.
More to come soon.
Thanks very much!
Thanks very much.Yeah, I quite like the head badge.I still think it my favourite one of the designs so far.
Another quick picture of the wheels earlier today.
Nice work on the wheels!
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