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Project 1990 Honda VT250 Spada

Discussion in 'Your 250cc Projects' started by supanaut, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:58 AM.

  1. supanaut

    supanaut Active Member Premium Member

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    I picked up my Spada in May and have been slowly doing it up.
    It was a bit of mess, (worst paint job ever overspray everywhere, forks leaking like a siv, nuts missing from the steering head, dodgy ebay speedo and tach, lights didn't work, broken choke) but the engine seemed solid and it had a nice little aftermarket exhaust.


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    Took me about 4 hours to do the fork seals as I'd never done it before, and picked up a speedo and choke cable from the wreckers and got all that working.

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    Funnily enough, I ended up finding out that the guy I bought it from, purchased it from @Gizziracer around 12 months earlier.

    Here's what she looked like when Gizzi sold her... I still can't fathom how the last owner managed to destroy her in only a year.
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    Frankster See the World before you leave it Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    It takes real talent to eff up a bike properly. At least the PO can claim that on his/her resume!
     
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    I'm obviously no spray painter...
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    Had to go back to the drawing board, sand it back and re-prime.

    Then again, that damn crazing but this time in a different spot.
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    Gave it a light sand over the wrinkles to smooth them out, the a dusted over the area
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    Applied 5 coats of topcoat clear and thought it was all got but still got a tiny bit of crazing?
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    On the bright side, it looks a million times better than the green it was before.

    Here's what Im aiming for, silver metal flake and blue metal flake stripes
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    @my67xr will be able to tell you what is happening with that crazing.. Did you use 2 Pak on the Tank? If not be very careful as fuel will take off most other paints...
    Yes.. a much better look than the drab green.
     
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    Naa, was acrylic... so once I've laid all the colours down and it's fully cured, should I seal it with 2 pac?
     
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    Short answer is NO.
    It will take months potentially for the solvents to fully gas off from the acrylic and if you lay on 2Pak clear it will potentially wrinkle up and lift off as you have found happening already.
    Maybe talk with your Paint Supplier and see if they have a suggestion for you other than sanding it all off and starting again.
    With my paint on the SRX I even have to sand off all the Primer and start again..
     
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    reaction between acrylic and enamel. probably previous coat was a pressure pack can and may even be a varnish. the crazing is a thinners reaction to the lower paint levels.
     
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    Leave it about a month in the sun and then very light coats of 2 pack clear to seal. I recently cleared over an aerosol can spray job with 2 pack and it took several light coats with about 1/2 hour between to dry but came up looking good. Don't rush or go too heavy and it will be fine.
     
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    I often find there is an amazingly consistent crazing issue with the plastic sidecovers on spadas but have never come across it on fuel tanks. It doesn't care how thin or what type of coat is used and the only solution seems to be to remove all the paint/undercoat and go all the way back to the plastic. With tanks Light coats seems to always work and with acrylic on tanks a well applied wax finish/polish a week after the final coat does a good job at protecting the paint from fuel.
     

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