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    I keep wanting to do this, since I like the look of a black engine. Who here has painted one in the frame? Would love to hear any tips thoughts, troubles, etc that you would have after doing it.

    2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

  • #2
    ...me too......

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    • #3
      I give you a ton of credit for even thinking about it. I wouldn't have the patience required to mask everything off. You gotta post pics if and after you do it.

      Here's some pics of an old Honda that I picked up to restore. The PO decided to paint everything in place. Not so good. You can't see the overspray everywhere until you standing beside the bike, but it's everywhere.

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      • BubbaKahuna
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        Yeah, the whole "Let's paint everything so it looks new" thing only really works on tractors.

      • Questcap
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        Is that a 305 or 160 Dream? I had a '67 90 Dream back in '71.

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      • Chromepony
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        Very nice, indeed !

    • #5
      The Eagles bike already had a black engine and the head/jug fins on the black engines are different than on the silver engines. The fins have the flat edge that can be scraped down to retain the polished look edge, the head/jug fins on the silver engines don't have that edge. Other than that it is just cleaning,taping and painting. After I cleaned the hell out of it I sprayed it down with Brake cleaner to remove any remaining residue. I then painted it with a high temp engine paint. When I see the pics of it from the member that won it in the raffle it still looks great and it has been a few years now.

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      • #6
        Hmm I didn't think about the machined fins. I wonder if the lack of the shiny fins would ruin the look...

        2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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        • #7
          I have wanted to paint just the cylinders black for a more nostalgic look (ala H-D Panhead) leaving the heads and motor silver. However, I am lacking 2 critical elements to do this : Talent and motivation.



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          • Duke
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            Motivation gets you every time. The talent just shows your abilities.

        • #8
          DaveJ nailed it.. i did the same to mine about 4 yrs ago, its time consuming work but it looks great and worth the time, i machined ny fins too as plain black is ok but highlights are better imho
          i will need to do again soon though but i might use HD texture paint this time around. the pic of the motor is on my avatar

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          • #9
            Originally posted by Kevstephenson7 View Post
            DaveJ nailed it.. i did the same to mine about 4 yrs ago, its time consuming work but it looks great and worth the time, i machined ny fins too as plain black is ok but highlights are better imho
            i will need to do again soon though but i might use HD texture paint this time around. the pic of the motor is on my avatar
            So you took the jugs off and machined them?

            2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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            • #10
              Duke did a great job on his.
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              • #11
                Like FPB, I like the black jug, non-painted heads and other stuff... Just a nice look that makes the engine 'pop'! If the fin edges can be scraped shiny, so much the better! Would I do it... maybe some other time... It's a lot of work, and I'd rather make one a righteous rat first... that would never have all that good looking stuff done. I'd LOVE to create the 'barn-find' look!

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                • Father Pobasturd
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                  I have been working on the barn find look for 6 years now. I was doing pretty good til I took it to the dealer to get my ignition replaced and they washed it. All that hard work literally washed down the drain. Now I have a garage that seals up pretty tight so it's gonna take forever to get it back where it was. I may get tired of waiting and just "murder" the whole bike with a few cans of Krylon Flat Black, but that really hurts the resale value.

              • #12
                There was someone on here before who had his cylinder fin edges machined, I think he called it a Diamond edge. It looked really cool I remember, but I don't remember well enough to describe exactly how it looked. The fins were "faceted" for lack of a better word. They weren't flat and they weren't rounded. Subtle, but a really nice touch.

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                • davej
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                  that was Smokescreens, It looked great!!!!

              • #13
                Jaybo
                i did'nt take off the jugs, just painted them and from the start, at the end of each coat i carefully wiped the fin edges.
                then when set hard i used a small vibe sander (triangular sanding tool) cant show you an image yet as cannot get the pic up yet. i know what FPB means by diamond cut, it looks pretty spec but costs a bit. in the end i liked my way! cheap and quite easy to do just need patience.

                FPB, Sorry to hear that your barn find patina f#'d off down the drain at the stealers, my mates R* im working on at the moment is getting there! Click image for larger version

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                  here are some pics from 2015 Click image for larger version

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                  • Questcap
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                    That's really quite nice... a lot of subtle touches that just set it apart... nearly everything's been touched, but no huge expense looks to have been made. Granted forward controls can be pricey....

                  • Doc_V
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                    Damn that looks good. I like what you did with the side cover and front pulley cover too.

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                  Here's a picture of my basket case I restored. I painted the jugs when I installed the HC pistons.

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                  • davej
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                    looks good Duke!!!!

                  • Doc_V
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                    Yah, what Dave said. is that a Warrior side cover on the clutch cover?

                  • Father Pobasturd
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                    Yea, that's exactly what I want.

                • #16
                  Anyone want to volunteer to paint my motor....stock silver would be fine....

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                  • Doc_V
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                    Do I get to keep the bike when I'm done?

                • #17
                  Doc, not hijacking the thread, but the forward controls were about $750 or so from pacific coast star some years ago, i just looked now and they do not have my model but better ones for same price! good value

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                  • #18
                    Originally posted by Kevstephenson7 View Post
                    Jaybo
                    i did'nt take off the jugs, just painted them and from the start, at the end of each coat i carefully wiped the fin edges.
                    then when set hard i used a small vibe sander (triangular sanding tool) cant show you an image yet as cannot get the pic up yet. i know what FPB means by diamond cut, it looks pretty spec but costs a bit. in the end i liked my way! cheap and quite easy to do just need patience.

                    FPB, Sorry to hear that your barn find patina f#'d off down the drain at the stealers, my mates R* im working on at the moment is getting there! Click image for larger version

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                    So was your bike already a midnight with machined fins?

                    2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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                    • #19
                      nope was totally bog standard R*, did the machining myself as mentioned

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                      • #20
                        this sort of tool will do the job just watch you don't Click image for larger version

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