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brad black

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I've tried the VHT cast iron colour....didn't much like it tbh.....they do one called black pearl though, not exactly OE looking I know but I'm a big fan of it!
is it darkish grey or a bit off silver? i want something that's a touch darker than the aluminium colour, but certainly not grey. hard to find good photos of it on something. their nu-cast aluminium might be what i'm after. probably just have to buy a can and spray it on the same piece of steel that has the universal aluminium on it. probably should prime a piece of steel and then spray both on it to make it a fair comparison.
 

unclerob

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The cast iron is a mid grey colour....a bit darker than it shows on their colour chart but can't find a pic of anything I've painted with it!
At one time though I was trying to match the Brembo caliper light gold colour on some cases...VHT gold is a lot darker....used the cast aluminium and then a light coat of gold on top while still wet....worked out quite well....maybe try a darker base coat then the aluminium?
I'm not so sure about the smell though....I bake mine in an old electric oven in the workshop....
 

semmins

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I used the cast iron on an NTV as it was a close match to the original colour.
Also used the aluminium and satin black on a few Ducatis, and a CB750.
 

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brad black

Been Around the Block
I used the cast iron on an NTV as it was a close match to the original colour.
Also used the aluminium and satin black on a few Ducatis, and a CB750.
steveo? thanks for the pics - the ntv is way too dark. decision made - i'll just go with what i have.
 

brad black

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The cast iron is a mid grey colour....a bit darker than it shows on their colour chart but can't find a pic of anything I've painted with it!
At one time though I was trying to match the Brembo caliper light gold colour on some cases...VHT gold is a lot darker....used the cast aluminium and then a light coat of gold on top while still wet....worked out quite well....maybe try a darker base coat then the aluminium?
I'm not so sure about the smell though....I bake mine in an old electric oven in the workshop....
i've often thought of things like that, but generally my ambition outweighs my talent and there's an inevitable redo.
 

unclerob

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I have my fair share of paint mistakes too....sometimes they're quite interesting though....
 

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brad black

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got my cases fully masked up, which certainly takes some time.

etch primed and primed the engine covers, then vht flat blacked them. very thin coating overall i think - stuff that didn't really appear uneven as beadblasted raw aluminium is visible now. i'll see if i can live with it. maybe i need to do a heap more primer coats. the painter next door says the issue with spray cans is it's all much thinner than he'd put on with a gun, so maybe i just need to pay him to do it.
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hoping i can find a mill to use, and when i do that the paint on the primary drive cover stays there when it's machined away. ducati always paint things then machine, so it's a look i'm used to and find it looks a bit odd otherwise. i might go the cover with the sawsall first to remove much of the redundant material to reduce the mill time and cutting effort.

took the gears to a gear maker to see if he can make me some 1 tooth different variants. he's going to cut some tests and we'll see if they look like they'll work. given i'm a pretty low demand client and he's busy pumping out volume stuff i might have to wait a little while. will be good if it works though.
 

brad black

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just occurred to me that i have to get a roadworthy certificate on this even though it's going on a club permit (historic) and i might have an issue with the exposed clutch stuff. hmmmmmm. might need to talk to some people about that - it's pretty unique and to start off as all std i need a hydraulic set up with the slave on the left. pitfa for just getting it past. oh well. what needs must if it comes to that.
 

brad black

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it's little casting flash and unevenness that was hardly noticeable before.

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probably won't notice it so much when it's on a bike, but it's getting that far that's the issue.
 

brad black

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so it got too cold here to paint in my factory, and i took some gears to a gearcutter to see if he could make some +1 / -1 to vary ratios. so there's no chance of the engine going back together. but i did get the pistons back with 1mm deeper valve reliefs so i can try some different cams if i ever get it together.

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and now there's talk of the classic rego permit scheme going from 25 to 30 years of age, which means this pile of parts might have another 5 years.
 

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