None too early. Rolled her out to the shed today in preparation to ripping down gypsum board in the ceiling of the garage for hoe repairs tomorrow. Then, the watchful waiting for those magic days of painting weather that we seem to get each winter - above 60F for at least a couple hours with humidity less than 60%. I have to pull the wife's UTV out of its side of the shed, tarp the walls, sweep, string power for lights and air hose, haul the paint and equipment out to it (~15 meters from the garage), arrange the hangers from the rafters, don PPE, mix paint, and finally take the parts out and hang them for painting. I keep the parts warm in the house until time to paint. Quick coats ~10 minutes apart, ~30 minute flash time and then they go inside to cure for a couple weeks and wait for the next magic days when it is repeated, but with the 2K rattle-can clear coat. When that has been wet sanded, cut and buffed the decals are applied and another clear coat session is prepped for.
Slow progress on the deck, mainly delayed by weather. The main 12' X 12' deck has been replaced and the cantilever joists for the small deck from the kitchen door replaced (the reason for messing with the garage). The RD is in the shed for this.
Fiddle pharting around until weather breaks and I can paint. Disassembled my paint guns and ran them through the ultrasonic cleaner. Installed a new gasket on the fuel tank cap. Gasket was from Sumo rubber parts. Ground and drilled the rivets out, cleaned it all up with the wire wheel, than reassembled with pop rivets. It got up over freezing today (barely), and the guys are supposed to be here tomorrow to finish the front deck. Next week MIGHT see painting weather (doubtful, though). I do have the paint from RS Bike Paints. It is waterborne, so will be a whole new trick for me to learn. Everything that I've read and watched about it indicates that it should be easier than the lacquer that I have been using. I will still clear coat with 2K rattle can from SprayMax. I have 2 cans of it - one for after the color is fully dry, and one for after the decals are on and several days drying.
Well, temperatures got over 60F today, so I shot the color and first clear on the tins. Not my best work, but it is my first time with the waterborne. I could have done a LOT better on the bodywork too, but this bike has plenty of blemishes so it wasn't worth a lot of effort and time. I plan on this one being ridden a lot in good weather, and I have some great roads nearby to ride it on. Now to order the decals.
Replacement decals came today. Correct color, now. They are on and clear coated, but the clear coat fish eyed on one side of the tank so it will have to be sanded flat on that side. They showed up on the first pass, so I gave them a dust coat for future paint to stick to and then built up well so they should sand out Ok. I don't think I'll need to sand the side covers at all.
Yesterday I wet sanded with 1000 grit and used a touch-up dauber to fill the craters with left-over clear. Then let it all cure another day.
First day of wet sanding went well. Good amount of time spent with 800 grit getting things level and the eyes closed. Then, less with 1200 and quickly through 2000, 3000, and 5000. 7000 finished it off to compounding. I'm out of my good 3M rubbing compound, so used Turtle Wax rubbing compound and it was just Ok. 3M Finesse-It finishing compound still rocks, but I'll need to go over the tank one more time with it to get some mild haze out. My Harbor Freight variable speed buffer varies speed on its own and I don't trust it. Changed to an old Craftsman random orbit polisher that came in a 5 gallon bucket kit the wife bought for me years ago. Slow going, but at least it is pretty safe on the paint.
She lives! (Thanks in part to the folks here on the forum.) Only took her for about 1.5 mile spin around the neighborhood, but she ran and shifted great. Front bakes are great Rear brakes need work (worn MC). Very happy to hear and smell the old 2-stroker again! BTW, I ended up putting a filter on each line.
SHAZBOT! Went into the garage this morning after coming home from getting our COVID 2nd vaccines. Smelled gas. Localized it to the bottom of the right side of the tank, inboard of the seam. The tank is now off and drained and a POR-15 repair kit is on order.
That is such a shame to find a leak only after the tank had been repainted. I had a similar problem with my LC recently and so I am now putting liners in any tank that is being repainted.
Luckily, the leak being inboard of the seam, if I am VERY careful with taping and plastic covering.... should be able to use the kit, sand the primer in that area, and re-prime. There is no color or clear there, just as it was before.
THAT'S eight hours I'll never get back! Using the POR15 kit on the tank isn't particularly difficult. It just requires attendance every half-hour until the quart or etching solution has sat on every bit of the inside of the tank. After you've already used the wash solution and rinsed it out. After the five hours it took me to cover everything in the etch stage, that was double-rinsed and an hour of drying commenced. I alternated heat gun blowing and vacuum cleaner sucking. Then the liner gets stirred well and poured in. Then seal it up and roll it around until you are pretty sure all areas have had the stuff run over it, then do it again to be sure. Then drain the remainder out and let the liner cure for four days. All I have to add is this better work!
After fixing a loose float seat and installing a new petc**k, she was exiled to the shed with the tractors when our new Spyder came in. Crank case had flooded due to the combined leaks, so I kick it over daily trying to dry it out.
Finally pulled her out of the shed today. Had been kicking her over four times throttle closed and four throttle open daily for over a week. Today I turned on the (new) petc**k and on first kick she sputtered, third she fired and ran. Pulled her up behind the house and removed the rear master. Ran my battery powered drill with a 1/2" dowel rod rapped in 2000 grit silicon carbide flushed with isopropyl through the bore for about five minutes. Rinsed all of that out with more isopropyl and blew it out with compressed air. Reassembled with brake fluid for lubrication of the seals. All back together and bleed, bleed, bleed until partial petal achieved. Led brick bungeed to the pedal now and about an hour ago I checked on it. Much better, so put the squeeze back on it.
There is an indoor car and bike show Saturday. I was planning to take my custom GL1000, but now I think I'll take the RD.