Paint job is finally finished

Finally, after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, the paint job is done! It’s not perfect, it has flaws, but I did it myself, and I’m happy with the results. I have been mostly following the advice of an article I found online. I sprayed the body work with three coats of brilliant silver, and five coats of clear, waited several weeks for the lacquer to cure, then wet sanded the finish with 1200 grit sandpaper soaked with warm soapy water until the finish was perfectly smooth. After all that sanding, the finish was flat and had lost it’s clear coat shine completely. I was a little nervous about the result, but my reference article confirmed that this was to be expected. Today I finished the last step in the process, I rented a DeWalt polisher and bought a Meguiar’s SoftBuff polishing pad and a bottle of Meguiar’s Mirror glaze swirl remover number 9. This stuff is amazing and applying it was easily the most rewarding part of the entire process. Within minutes the shine was brilliant. I tried to capture pictures that demonstrated the reflective qualities of the finish, if you look close at the seat cowl, you can see my neighbors house across the street, a few trees, and clouds in the sky.

After all that work, I couldn’t resist temptation, so I put some gas in the tank and took it for a ride around the neighborhood. It’s not really ready for that since I still have to build the gauge bracket and hook up my tach/speedo combo guage, but it was fun anyway.


4 comments so far

  1. Mac on

    Awesome dude 🙂 Can’t wait to see her on the road.

  2. Sunny D on

    Do you think you could link me to that article? im getting ready to buy my first bike soon and plan on building a custom cafe too. Also gotta say that i love the way your bike turned out. perfect example of what i hope to achieve. thanks

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