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Old 08-09-2012, 09:55 PM   #11
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Off topic...what kind of camera are you shooting with?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #12
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the first set of pics was with my pentax k-7. it sucks in low light conditions but I love it for my fine art and portrait photography. plug time! www.flickr.com/carlrphoto

the pics of the basin thingy are from my phone, motorola triumph on virgin mobile. great little prepaid android.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #13
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Dude, you are obviously handy. Consider doing some vacuum forming in carbon fiber, or fiberglass. You might need a real vacuum pump though, instead of the shop vac.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #14
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oh yeah. definitely thought about it, it was gonna be my first choice but since i have no job and im living off the meager remainder of last semester's student loan, plastic was the most economical. i plan to redo everything on my bike in carbon fiber eventually.

who knows, if there are enough vt700 riders out there who want replacement side covers without paying $200+ on ebay, maybe I could profit just enough to be able to afford to start making stuff in cf
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:38 PM   #15
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and yeah, the shop vac isnt as strong as id like it, even for plastic. im using 1/8 inch abs, thick stuff. dont really get optimal draw but its what ive got.
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so, having less experience at producing an acceptable paint job than any other part in this project, i fucked it up. note, my technique was good, but i had no idea that the rust-oleum automotive clear coat was THE WORST IDEA EVER.

seriously, under optimal conditions, and with a perfectly dry and very good base color, i shot the clear coat. started crinkling immediately. when i went to wet sand it off to try again, the clear had actually weakened the bond between the... long story short, whole paint job started peeling off.

According to a bunch of people on a bunch of forums, none of the aerosol enamel clear coats have much better than a 25% chance of working well, even under the best conditions. Plus, I realized that the stuff wouldnt hold up to spilled gas. Luckily, the same forums recommended 2 Part SprayMax Urethane Aerosol Clear Coat. Apparently, this stuff is the shit.

so i gotta wait a week till my faux-pro clear coat comes in the mail. On the upside, that gives me time to take it all the way back down to bare metal. Since I have to go through all this again, and im putting a decent chunk of change into the clear coat, im not gonna half-ass it this time. im even gonna bondo the little dings and wet sand up to 1000g.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:32 AM   #17
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ok... new primer is ON. lets hope i dont fuck it up again.


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Old 08-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #18
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well i have clear coated my tank and fender. as of now, i highly reccomend the spraymax 2k clear for its ease of use, time will tell how well it holds up. this stuff is crazy though, i had to break out the respirator and safety goggles, and even then my eyes burned a little.

of course mother nature would wait until i had started spraying to fuck me by kicking up more wind than weve had all summer. no wind + spray painting outside = hurricane winds. oh well, im past giving fucks about the quality of the job, ill build a decent spray booth in 6 months or so and redo it.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:39 AM   #19
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ok so my paintjob is done! ill go ahead and repeat myself here, spraymax 2k clear is a great product. dumped some gas on a hidden spot on the tank to see what would happen, let it sit, wiped it off and it was still perfect.

ok im done plugging spraymax. the job isnt perfect but it looks a shit ton better than it did. rolled up to my buddy's house and he thought i got a new bike

almost cant wait for winter, gonna clean this bitch up even more! maybe ill get to some other stuff on the weekends here and there but for now i just gotta ride!
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