GS1000 Paint

The last post ended with the original paint being stripped from the tank. This last week I have been doing bodywork and paint.

First, I got the entire tank to bare metal and touched up a couple spots that needed attention.

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I sprayed epoxy primer on the tank to seal the metal before Bondo.

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Unfortunately, just after taking the last photo, the tank fell from what it was hanging on. The concrete floor was not very kind to the metal. I now had to do some sanding, and re-spray the epoxy primer. I followed that up with Bondo and shaping, and 2K surfacer.

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I let the surfacer cure until today. I got all my supplies in order and was ready to lay down some paint.

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I sprayed the pieces in a medium-dark silver, and it went on flawlessly. I have been watching a lot of Youtube videos about painting and people are always talking about how silvers are difficult to spray, but I had absolutely no trouble with it. After 2 control coats, the metallic was sitting nicely, and it was time for clear.

The clear is where things went downhill. I layed on the first 2 coats and everything looked fine. I did the third coat, and it looks a little light, so I hit it again quickly (big mistake). The clear started running in a few spots, so I will have to try to fix that in the wet sanding/polishing process. Overall though, the job is pretty decent for my first time using an HVLP gun instead of a spray can.

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I think if the runs polish out well, the paint will look very very nice for a home job.

More coming soon!
-Dustin

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