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Monday, September 28, 2009

XS650 Cross Chop Part III

Here's another update from the vaults of Kustom Painting.

Last time, I sprayed the flakes in lots of layers of clear. It has had some time to dry/cure and today it's time for the black and white stripes.

I start by scuffing the paint with a scotchbrite pad.

Then I make up the layout with tape and lots of careful measuring. It's a bitch, trying to lay out straight lines on a tank with this much curves.
The white cardboard marks where the saddle is going to be. After checking whether the looks are allright, I mask the parts that are to stay yellow.

Now I wipe everything with a mild degreaser and a tack rag, to get rid of any dust particles. Next, I spray two coats of white.
Then I mask off the white pinstripes with 3mm tape and spray the insides of the stripes black.

Then I take off all the tape, correct any paint bleed-throughs and it's ready for more clearcoats. Next time, I'll finish the edges and the underside of the tank and fender and paint a black & white circle around the fillerneck and in the middle of the fender.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

First Dutch Hotrod & Custom show.

This year for the first time, a Dutch Hotrod & Custom show will be held in the Autotron in Rosmalen.

Scrapers car club and Dutch Trashers club will be showing cars & bikes, as well as lots of others. I will be there too.

Come see and bring your friends!

Nothin' much...

Today, I did some things that were on my agenda for a long time but I never seemed to get around to doing them.

I fixed some leaks in the roof of my new workshop. Hope that stops water falling onto my precious parts-collection.

I also moved my Tatra from my old workshop to the new. It doesn't have axles or an engine at the moment so I welded up a rolling platform so I can move it around. It takes up a lot of space...

I still have to put the gearbox back together, put in the new clutch, shorten the springs and put the suspension back together etc. etc. It will be a lot of work but it's worth it just to hear that lovely V8 purr again.

I also took the newly painted tank for the Cross Chop outside. The pictures I took yesterday don't seem to show the kolor that well. In the sunlight, you get a better idea.

I can't wait to put on the black & white. But I sprayed on so many layers of clear yesterday that it's better to wait a couple more days before adding even more paint.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yamaha Cross Chop Paintjob Part Two-and-a-half

Hey hey hey kids!

It's time for another episode of: Yamaha Cross Cho Paintjob!
Last time we left when the tins were all filled and sanded. This time, we will put on some sparkly Kolor.

First, I put the parts on stands that are on eye level. The parts can be turned around 360 degrees so I can easily reach all sides without having to walk too much. I taped off the filler neck and the underside of the tank and fender, because I don't want any flakes or paint on them.
After this, I make sure that the circumstances are right for painting. I have a small wheather station (they are quite cheap) so I can watch the temperature and humidity. Very important when you paint! Even if you can't control the temperature, it's worth while recording it, so when you are painting at 17 degrees, you know you have to wait longer between layers than when it's 22.

This is actually a very important step when you want to control the quality of your paintwork. "Watching paint dry"is a nice saying but modern paint are complex polymers that react with each other. They do that better at certain temperatures. It's a cosy 22 degrees, that's perfect.

Next, I check the air pressure at my reducer. It's a steady 2.0 bar. Be sure to check this while the air is flowing out of your gun (with the trigger pulled open). Pressure at the gun will be slightly lower because of the long air line to the gun.
Now, I mix up a sealer, to make sure no chemicals from the fillers bleed through into the new paint. It also makes a nice even kolor so you won't see any light and dark spots through the gold.
Two coats do the job.

I went to my automotive paint store and selected a nice gold metallic out of their thousands of paint samples. It turns out to be a Suzuki kolor...
Always strain the paint before you fill your paint gun! You will be saying very bad things when your gun blocks up or spits because some dried paint particle fell into your paint cup!
The kolor looks great and really shows the curves of the tank and fender. I sprayed two coats to get a nice, even coverage.

Next, I mix up some two part clear and add Metlaflake Micro silver flake. Slightly smaller than the ones I normally use, they will show off the curves of the tins very nicely.
It takes a few layers to get the coverage I want. After the first layer, it looks like this:

Then I spray 3 more and I am happy with the final result.

Next, I mix some Metalflake Candy Concentrate CC4 (yellow) into some two part clear lear and spray 3 layers, to get a nice warm yellow. Here's the end result, I am golden.

Next time, I will be painting the black rays with white outlines. Until then: aye-to.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yamaha Cross Chop Paintjob Part Deux

Yesterday I spent some more time on Tjeerd's tins.

They came out of the booth looking quite straight but, as always, when you start block sanding, some low spots and imperfections will appear.
When you want to get your tins really straight and smooth, forget power tools for this last step.

We are dealing with fractions of a millimetre and power tools take away too much material in a very short time. You need some straight surface to wrap your sanding paper around. You can use a piece of soft wood or you can go to your automotive paintshop and buy some special tools for it. They are just wooden planks with a thin rubber surface and they have handles on top for more grip.
After some sanding, I marked off the last low spots. They will be filled and sanded again.

Finally, after two layers of filler and some more sanding, they are straight and ready for some magic paint! This session took me four hours and left me tired, thirsty and dusty.Tune in next time when I lay on some flakes!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Keep on truckin'

I want to introduce you all to my latest passion: Vans. They 're making a comeback and I can see from first hand experience why.

I bought this 80's survivor a few months ago:
It was built in the early 80's by some guy in the US with all the period goodies like Thrush sidepipes, front airdam, fender flares, Keystone Klassic wheels, custom grille, Doug Thorley headers, CB-radio, television, complete custom whorehouse interior and many more too-cool-for-school items. It was pinstriped by Herb Martinez at Hermosa Beach, California in 1983. Here you can see the oktober 1984 issue of Vans & Trucks magazine which features this car.
It toured the show-circuit and was then stored for almost 20 years in a museum. Last year it was sold at an auction and brought to the Netherlands by Perry's Hotrod Shop in Eindhoven. That's where I bought it. I have since driven it all around the country and to the Hotrod Hayride and it's a joy to drive. I'll keep you posted on developments as I plan to change some things and spice up the paintwork in the near future.

Until then: Keep on truckin'!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Preparing the Cross-Chop Paintjob.

Finally: the first paintjob in my new lab! It’s a Yamaha 650 Cross Chop. For the builder and more details on this bike, check out

Tjeerd from Short-Cut choppers and I have discussed the design of the paintjob long and hard. In the end, we decided to use the Yamaha Cross colours; yellow, white and black. With a twist, of course, we can’t go without Metalflake! This is a colour sample I made in Photoshop.

We played around with some tape before we dismantled the tank and fender.

The tank is from a Union moped and very old, scratched and damaged. Besides that, the filler-neck has been moved and the rear fender was modified using grinder and welder.

Before I start sanding and filling, I grind off any sharp edges. Paint tends to creep away from sharp edges and you can hurt yourself.

After that I clean up the welds so primer and filler stick to the surface better.

I have been working for two hours now and everything is ready for a first layer of filler.

The first layer has been sanded and I marked the spots that need more filler.

After two more layers and a lot of sanding the parts are ready for primer. Another three hours have passed...

It took me an hour to spray one layer of primer and two layers of spray-filler. No wit takes some time to dry. Some sanding on Monday and then: Flakes.

New start for Kustombart

G'day mates!

Today is a great day for science. My new secret laboratory is finally finished so I can start my plans for world domination. Let me show you around.

This is the paint section. It's big enough for a yank-tank or even a Van. Sliding doors close it off from the rest of the lab, to keep out the dirt and to keep in the toxic fumes.

Inside the paint section is a smaller paint booth. I mostly paint motorcycle parts which don't take up much space. This way, I only have a small space to heat and keep clean. The wall with the door in it can be folded away to make room for a car or van.

This is the inside of the paintbooth. The ventilation unit is on the ceiling, as well as a few strong lights. You are looking at my mixing table where I can mix up and spray all kinds of poisons.

This is the rest of the lab. The sliding doors take you outside. On the right you can see my welding table and in the corner, behind the moveable wall, I do my filling and sanding. This way, I can at least try to keep the dust in one place.

Today, I start the first project in my new lab. Stay tuned for more!