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Author Topic: Fork and hardware coating options  (Read 308 times)

Offline Ride

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Fork and hardware coating options
« on: Aug 15, 2017, 13:23:07 »
I've stripped the fork lowers and triple trees bare. Hardware is cleaned and wire wheeled of rust and corrosion.

I want to match the clear coated aluminum danmoto rearsets.

Is paint a decent option? I have an hvlp gun.
I've also read that gun-kote works great.



Offline Ride

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Re: Fork and hardware coating options
« Reply #1 on: Aug 20, 2017, 02:16:52 »
I looked into auto paints but nothing is truly bright aluminum. Apparently there is no such thing in automotive paint. Everything is some kind of grey with metallic added to give it that flash. At certain angles it will always appear grey or at best silver.

He suggested aerosol metal colors from auto parts stores.

I spoke to a local custom fabricator who suggested glass bead blasting to open up the pores and then ceramic paint (high heat). He said the ceramic bonds better and isn't as thick as 2k urethanes. He also suggested flat black so it looks more natural and "disappears" into the bike.

Offline spotty

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Re: Fork and hardware coating options
« Reply #2 on: Aug 21, 2017, 01:23:27 »
use flat black as an undercoat for the silver, it always makes it appear lighter/shinier
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Offline Ride

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Re: Fork and hardware coating options
« Reply #3 on: Aug 28, 2017, 11:23:57 »
use flat black as an undercoat for the silver, it always makes it appear lighter/shinier
Really? I always thought you go lighter as an undercoat to brighten up the topcoat or darker to tone down brightness.

Offline spotty

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Re: Fork and hardware coating options
« Reply #4 on: Aug 29, 2017, 00:22:02 »
dunno why it works, a friend of mine gave me the hint while we were talking about model making (24th scale cars) and I do it all the time now on models and the bike
short fast loud, three things punk rock and vmaxs have in common

south of the border, down melbourne way

Offline Ride

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Re: Fork and hardware coating options
« Reply #5 on: Aug 30, 2017, 15:27:18 »
dunno why it works, a friend of mine gave me the hint while we were talking about model making (24th scale cars) and I do it all the time now on models and the bike
Good tip then thanks!