Brass Monkey (new-old bars)

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  1. Boneshaker

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    Re: Brass Monkey (update 7-24)

    Okay, finally got around to the patina on the frame and forks.

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    It was a multi-step process. 1. The "secret sauce" It starts the rust on the bare metal, but more importantly it gives the paint an aged, grungy look.

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    2. Salt and vinegar is sprayed on and left to dry, and the frame is rinsed with water. Instant rust!

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    3. It is all steel wooled, which removes the loose rust. I then used commercially available gun blue to darken the metal.

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    4. I waxed it all, which not only protects the patina and paint, but also brings out the color. And gives a nice sheen!

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    That's it for now. Once I get my "new" handlebars I'll install them with another stem which is a little rustier and switch to some black grips, and she'll be close to DONE.
     
  2. sensor

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    Re: Brass Monkey (patina time!!!)

    great stuff!
     
  3. Mr. Farrell

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    salt and vinegar huh?

    do you think i could just rub some of these all over a frame? :lol:
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  4. Boneshaker

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    I can't see the pic....are those chips? Actually what works really good is if you get a big mouthful, chew 'em up, and then lick the frame. :lol:
     
  5. Mr. Farrell

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    haha... yeah... you must be psychic. :)

    i copied that pic direct from the web... i cant figure out why it's not working.
     
  6. Mr. Farrell

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    ah ha... now its workin. i think it was a "user error" :oops:
     
  7. 37fleetwood

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    I like the chips idea!
    On mine I just stripped it down to bare metal and left it outside for about 10 years. much less work but has a nice natural feel to it.
    I guess your way works too if you're in a hurry :mrgreen:
    looks really great, you may have to patent and bottle your secret sauce, I even like the name "secret sauce"
    Scott 8)
     
  8. TheFlyingDingo

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    Then you can leave the chip rubbed bike outside and let birds peck at it...maybe it will give it interesting scratches...

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  9. Mr. Farrell

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    haha. great idea. i dunno if birds dig the salt and vinegar... but i know i do. :)
     
  10. xddorox

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    Man you guys are sick...I love this place. :mrgreen:
     
  11. ricksterr1221

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    Mmmmmmm so good. I love me some tater chips mmmmhmm. lol :D specially those kind.
     
  12. ricksterr1221

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    You might just have my vote. xD love this bike. idk how you could pull off that fake rust look.. well not fake but u know what i mean lol. I love it dude.
     
  13. Boneshaker

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    I think I'm gonna break down and post some pics of the whole bike tonight.......I can't resist the urge anymore! I love my bike!!!! :mrgreen:
     
  14. Markm

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    ...........please do!!!
     
  15. Boneshaker

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    Here you go......I couldn't hold out anymore. These aren't the handlebars I'll be running, but for now they'll do.

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    The hand-formed brass tank.

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    Love that fender!!!

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    As soon as I get the other bars I'll put the finishing touches on it. Suggestions? Comments? Concerns???
     
  16. Mr. Farrell

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    looks great. lots of character. the tank really stands out.
     
  17. Markm

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    Very Cool!!
    are the other bars "patina-ed"?
     
  18. Boneshaker

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    Taller and rustier.
     
  19. Markm

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    right on... :mrgreen:
     
  20. sensor

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    thanks for posting those!looks great :mrgreen: and also thanks for the salt&vinager tip(might have to use that on my tank...its gonna need a ton of aging)
     

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