Sunday, August 12, 2012

Well, The Rolling Stones Said...

"Paint It Black."
The components are taking shape. The smaller parts are getting a lick of satin black, while the wheels have been treated to a high gloss. If I'm honest, when it comes to colour, I'm going on gut feeling, and what shapes me everytime I'm treated to a new cafe racer/custom on the internet.
Who knows what it will look like when finished - and who cares? That's one of the things I like about rebuilds, personality. It's what you do, because you can.

Enough drivel, what's been going on this week? 

I needed to get the brake discs looking better, or newer. I cleaned off the old paint, rubbed them down and masked the bits that do the stopping. In case you were wondering, the centres of the discs are sprayed with heatproof engine paint because the normal stuff just won't hack it. If you want to spruce the braking surface, use a block and rough emery cloth. These came up pretty good in fairness - rolling stoppies coming up.

GSX750ES Brake Discs

They came up like bloody new (near as dammit).

And now the wheels.

This front is one of a pair I bought off eBay because of a buckle in the original. They came with good tyres so a real bonus! The outside looked great, but the inside is pitted to f... um, buggery.

Once they were rubbed down, spirit-wiped and masked, it was time for paint. To make it easy I threw a bar through the bearings and sat it on a paddock stand. This makes it great for painting because you can keep spinning the wheel for even coverage, and keep the paint runs at bay.

Etch-primed and ready for gloss black baby!

And then a little bit of sunshine to finish it off. Happy with that. The paint should help to provide a good seal for the tubeless tyres and also prevent anymore corrosion.

Now for the rear...