restoring beak and side panels

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restoring beak and side panels

Postby Geo-Nemesis » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:08 pm

hi folks!
last week I hit tarmac with the big and now I'm spending all july with a broken leg :(
apart the tail and handlebar the BIG is fine.
So, I have a lot of free time and I am considering to start the rebuild right now (no holidays for me)

I am trying to restoring the plastics but I don't know which route to go:

sanding all by hand and polishing or painting?
pros of sanding is that the pieces even if scratched will mantain the colour but is an endless job.
painting will be much easier and probably better looking but not tough as naked plastics...

which are your thoughts?

thanks!
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Re: restoring beak and side panels

Postby Tony T » Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:05 am

Bummer! Sorry to hear that, but glad you'll be ok in the end. :tup:
I've done both to mine over the last 26 years of my bike's life.
Admittedly, I didn't do the painting myself, but it looked good, was quite durable and lasted many years. (Without crashing, though. :silent: )
Plus you can choose any colour you like.
Sanding and polishing costs pretty much nothing and you do have plenty of time on your hands........... :D
That's the way I went with my last rebuild, but that was mainly because I wanted the bike to look the same as it did the last time I raced it.

If you don't have any mad desire to change it's colour, I'd just sand and polish. But if you'd like to take the opportunity to have a change, go for paint, but get it professionally done.


Geez, that didn't help you much did it? :roll:
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Re: restoring beak and side panels

Postby ladder106 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:06 am

Go not to the Elves for advice for they will say both no and yes.
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Re: restoring beak and side panels

Postby BigBob » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:38 am

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Re: restoring beak and side panels

Postby Geo-Nemesis » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:57 pm

I want to keep orginal white and orange configuration, only different rims and decals.
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Re: restoring beak and side panels

Postby Tony T » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:15 am

ladder106 wrote:Go not to the Elves for advice for they will say both no and yes.



:lol:

But it's better than saying nothing............. :angel:
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