Friday, April 24, 2015

Black because it's slimming and goes with everything....

I intended to do this before I put the tank back on which I removed while rewiring the bike. I would've been able to do a nicer job but I got in a hurry putting things back together. So for now, this will be good enough.

Apparently one of the previous owners was into airbrushing. He had applied a fairly decent paint job to the gas tank. It wasn't great but decent, however it's not really not my style. 

So what is the quick solution? Yep, you guessed it... rattle can! I taped off the parts I didn't want to "customize". Then hit the exposed areas with 400 grit sandpaper to rough up the clear coat. Again, I should've done this while the tank was off the bike, it would've been much easier/better.

Then I dug through my paint cabinet to see what I had available and found this guy. 

Oh, and I didn't use the BBQ paint because I was concerned about heat on the tank. I used this because I thought it was kind of funny (BBQ paint on a gas tank). If there is a heat issue concerning the tank, I think I'd be more concerned about the contents of the tank rather than the paint.

Anyway, a couple of quick coats and now we've got a new paint job.

As I said, I already have a paint scheme in mind that I want to do but at a later date. This was just something in the meantime. The bike has been unridable for way too long already while I was rewiring. I didn't want to do any thing that would add additional down time.

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