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Author Topic: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing  (Read 27736 times)

Offline Noddy78

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #50 on: Sep 21, 2014, 07:36:38 »
Yes!

Too dumped? I knew it... ;)

Got most of the paint off today, found a few little surprises...



It was just all bogged up with filler, without all of the rust taken out first by the looks of the state it was in.

And I've also been playing with what I want to with the frame. I was intending to go raw steel, but after a bit of playing around, I'm now thinking gun-bluing the whole thing could be cool, then hit it with some Gibbs Brand penetrant, so darkening it up a bit, but keeping the raw steel feel. Did a bit of a test tonight:

Raw:


Blued:


Hard to get the effect across in pictures, but I think it looks great. Dead easy, and adds another layer of rust protection but keeps the raw metal vibe I want to go with.
« Last Edit: Jul 09, 2017, 22:18:04 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Bootsey

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #51 on: Sep 21, 2014, 07:42:31 »
Looks pretty rad. What process are you using to do the bluing?

Offline Noddy78

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #52 on: Sep 21, 2014, 07:48:42 »
I just got a little bottle of Birchwood-Casey Super Blue from my Father-in-law to have a play with. Looks pretty damn good. I don't think anyone would have a tank big enough to hot-blue the whole frame...
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Bootsey

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #53 on: Sep 21, 2014, 22:26:37 »
Yeah nice, interesting option for sure. So is it a purely cold bluing product? How do you think it'll turn out longevity and durability wise?

Offline Noddy78

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #54 on: Sep 21, 2014, 22:31:45 »
I'm hoping the Gibbs Penetrant stuff will take care of the real long-term protection, the bluing is mostly for the look, and a little extra help, but I'll have to do a few tests when I get a bottle of the stuff. Will be interesting to see how it holds up.
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline Bootsey

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #55 on: Sep 21, 2014, 23:06:18 »
The topic sparked my interest, and I found this, thought it might interest you. Some good info in about the 10th post from the top.

http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/161369-bluing-bare-steel-frame.html

Maybe you could save your pennies and get someone to forge you a new damacus steel frame.  :D
« Last Edit: Sep 21, 2014, 23:23:05 by Bootsey »

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #56 on: Sep 23, 2014, 03:18:22 »
Funny you should mention that, I did have the idea of actually hand painting some intricate design all over the frame... still might happen given these results after a day sitting in a bucket with a salt-water solution sprayed on it:

Raw:


Blued:


I thought it might help a little, not hinder! Got some Gibbs Penetrant on order now, so we'll see what that does for it...
« Last Edit: Jul 09, 2017, 22:18:34 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline OzFab

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #57 on: Sep 23, 2014, 09:30:05 »
You also might want to look at Birchwwod-Casey's "Plum Brown" - I did some faux case-hardening using that and some Benzion tincture solution; used a map-gas/oxy micro torch to "cure and pattern" - makes some pretty cool "patina"

gives a finish very similar in appearance to this:

Offline Noddy78

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #58 on: Nov 17, 2014, 04:02:53 »
OK, some progress at last!

Gauges are all mocked up:











The bezels will be brass-plated and the wooden parts will be super-gloss coated (think classic wooden boat style). The wooden gauge backs were hand-turned by a wood-working friend of mine out of Tasmanian Blackwood laminated with Huon Pine, and I think they are just awesome, very beautifully made. I was super-stoked when he showed them to me.
« Last Edit: Jul 09, 2017, 22:19:04 by Noddy78 »
CB350 Steampunk(ish) Frankenstein Cafe Thing called Isabel:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=33668.0

CB750 Steampunk(ish) Thing called Douglas:
http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=59611.0

Offline bikeboy

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Re: Take 2: CB750K2 Steampunk(ish) Bobber Thing
« Reply #59 on: Nov 17, 2014, 04:13:38 »
I think they are just awesome, very beautifully made. I was super-stoked when he showed them to me.

I think they're awesome as well. Those dials are fantastic too.

cheers
ian