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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Instrument bezel rework

I was going to post this in line with my LED aux lights install, but it's a separate issue so I'll do a new thread altogether.

I took delivery of my motor just before Memorial day, so I'm pretty new and green to this model yet. But I'm also pretty fond of it so far. I've done far more putzing with this bike than I've ridden it in the few weeks it's been in my possession, but that's ok because I'm still waiting on the DMV to mail me my license plate. Plus it's given me the chance to give it a thorough go-over, clean things up, make mods, etc. One of the obvious things that needed attention was the rusty / pitted trim rings around the instruments. I wasn't sure how to best go about that, so I took it slow. This is what the tach originally looked like: https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1611&cat=501

After I got everything all disassembled, I went to work with a small stainless wire wheel on the Dremel, which took away some of the loose stuff but left some pretty good pitting and the appearance was still kinda junky: https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1612&cat=501

I tried lightly hitting them against the wire wheel on my grinder, but that didn't do much good and only ate away at the plating and into the potmetal underneath which is semi copperish bronze-ish in color. So I taped the critical surfaces and got busy with the glass media bead blaster at work, which largely (but not completely) negated the pitting and left a good surface ready to be painted. Here you'll still be able to see the discoloration from where I wire wheeled on the grinder:

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1613&cat=501
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1614&cat=501

I retaped, primed with self etching primer, then used a satin black off-the shelf spray can of paint from Autozone and put on a number of coats. Light coats at first, then a little heavier to sort of smooth out the end finish. And here's what I wound up with, all reassembled and reinstalled:

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1610&cat=501
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1609&cat=501
https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...o=1608&cat=501

Not bad, eh? I'm amateur at best when it comes to painting and critical bodywork/reconditioning, but I'm pretty pleased with how this looks. I'll be sure to keep a polished coat of wax on these babies from here on out.

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Nice work, I also painted the upper fork clamp black:

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I LIKE the black rings on the gauges. A nice satin or matte black blends well with the bike AND.. it also cuts down on anything that might reflect and blind you.
Nice job on the prep and paint!

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Thanks! It dang well better look good, considering the amount of labor I put into it. Several hours, to be sure.
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Therapy Keemez, shop time is good for the mind. It is very nice.

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Very Nice! I went with the flat black, but I like the look you wound up with.

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Therapy Keemez, shop time is good for the mind. It is very nice.DT
Wait...which do you mean is very nice? Therapy, shop time, or the mind? Or all three? Or none of the three? Some combination of two of the three?
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Heheheheh...Therapy is my 750; she's a sweetheart, and she and shop time are good for the mind. (Cycletherapy and shoptherapy <G>)

Nice job on the instruments, dude; look really good!

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Nice job, they look pretty good.
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YOu did an awsome job...I hope mine turn out half as good as yours did.
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