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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-24-2007, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures! I painted my ugly forks black!

****UPDATE: 09-07-2007 - See Post 14 for Before and After Pictures of the Wheel Paint Job.****

My bike is 23 years old and the forks looked like crap. The clear coat they put on the natural aluminum was becoming brittle and yellowish and the sticker on the side is just a eyesore. So...I sanded the forks and painted them! I used Plasti-Kote Classic Lacquer - Gloss Black. I had to special order it, however, it's amazing stuff. The job came out beyond expectations, my advice is to take your time and do it right, if you plan on doing the same.



Next, the wheels are going all flat black. I am using the same brand paint, just in... flat black. It's really not rocket surgery, and it looks great.

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-25-2007, 05:49 AM
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looks great, give us a picture after you do the wheels, but i think the wheels should go in black gloss instead of flat.
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-25-2007, 11:45 AM
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Thank you for sharing! Riding is a lot of fun. Polishing chrome is no fun. I'd like to repaint every peice of chrome, and aluminum on my bike so I can just spray water, soap, maybe a little spray on whipe off polish and be done.

I have an 86. It was not abused but neglected by the last 2 owners. They didnt ride it much, and they did maintainence, upkeep, and TLC even less. I still have a lot fo rusted bits. When I first got it, my wife, son, and myself got after it, rubbing all over every metal part with steel wool. It looks a lot better but it still has some lack luster aspects, and trying to keep up with prevention of rerusting is a pain.

I'd like to see the whole bike, handlebars, forks, pipes, aluminum, EVERYTHING possible, painted black..........

do I hear a rolling stones song in that?
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-25-2007, 11:49 AM
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Looks great - and another "vote" for gloss black on the wheels - keeping em clean will be easier that way.

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Looks really nice!
Glad to see I'm not the only one who isn't all that into the chrome & shiny look!

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-25-2007, 03:36 PM
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Really nice,looks great

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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-26-2007, 06:27 PM
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Thumbs up

Nice work, looks good.
I did the same to my '86 VN's forks, along with a few other bits and pieces.
I'm not into shiny chrome parts either.

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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-27-2007, 11:54 AM
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forks look nice, good job. i also would go with the gloss on the wheels. like i always say; "chrome keeps you home!" i think the harley guys are starting to understand that and are now "blacking out" some of there newer bikes. i was never really into the "chrome" thing.
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 04:08 PM
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The paint looks good. Did you do anything else special to prep the metal for the paint? Or just spray it on after sanding? You might consider a satin or semi-gloss finish on the wheels instead of flat or high gloss.

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To tell you the truth I was expecting to open this thread and say "OMG" that is just another cheap spraycan job but Damn! that looks good. Semi-gloss would get my vote on the wheels also but looks like you know what your doing.
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