Jims XJ600N thread

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Slartibartfast
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:21 pm

I'd decided that everything that doesnt look good as it is will need to be painted black. What I would eventually like to do is have everything gloss black except the tank and plastics which will be matt black, with gloss black tank and plastics stickers.

I am not keen on painting the exhaust though, and its quite new (1500 miles or so), so I got to thinking about polishing certain bits.

Here is my right side footrest hangar:
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Using a disposable cloth-towel thing, and autosol's brilliant chrome polish (like this one, not that I bought it on eBay) I set about it.

Here you can see the top triangle bit. This was after about ten minutes, I was surprised at how quickly I managed to get a result. Its not perfect yet and (given how bad it was) would benefit from being removed and cleaned properly.
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I have done the rest of it but forgot to take a photo and now its dark; what this does mean though is that there will be a few bits (downpipes, footrest hangars, levers, headlight/clocks) that will be getting polished rather than painted :D
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Nelsonmd wrote: My 4runner on the other hand... I decided she needed to be a girl only because I spent so much time underneath/inside her, I didn't want to think of her as a dude...

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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:35 pm

I've polished the footpeg hangers on mine Jim ( did it when I first got the bike ).... It's a lot of upkeep to keep them looking good though, you really need to keep on top of it :)
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Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:40 pm

Your bike looks seriously clean!

I'll see how it goes, it just seems a waste to paint them if they can hold a shine (especially if I can make them as shiny as yours)
Nelsonmd wrote: My 4runner on the other hand... I decided she needed to be a girl only because I spent so much time underneath/inside her, I didn't want to think of her as a dude...

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Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:13 am

Not much happening with the bike just now, on the run up to Christmas with a big family! So I’ve been removing and cleaning, and also painting.

Managed to find a couple of hours to get painting the calipers and a couple of other bits. I’m using gloss black hammerite which goes on like an enamel paint. Think I might have put it on a little thick, guess we’ll see how it looks tomorrow. What I do know is that they certainly won’t look any worse than they did before!
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I also removed the right hand footrest hanger and rear master cylinder, to make it easier to clean and polish. Sadly one of the cylinder bolts has rounded off, not a huge issue but would have like it off for cleaning.
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Nelsonmd wrote: My 4runner on the other hand... I decided she needed to be a girl only because I spent so much time underneath/inside her, I didn't want to think of her as a dude...

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Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:15 pm

Interested to see how the brake reservoir lid looks like back on the bike. Mine is manly as hell and really let's the bike down.

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Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:32 am

I've repainted the reservoir as well but forgot to take a photo, I'll try and remember to get one at some point!

Just using gloss black hammerite at the moment - not sure if its due to the cold but its gloopy as hell to work with, I should probably be doing this indoors rather than in the garage. It goes on like enamel paint, so it took a little while to work in between the letters without filling it!

I've got a couple of mates that paint little models (warcrafty type stuff) - its a bit geeky for me but they're seriously good at fine detail stuff, I might get one of them to paint the raised letters on the reservoir lid to highlight them for me
Nelsonmd wrote: My 4runner on the other hand... I decided she needed to be a girl only because I spent so much time underneath/inside her, I didn't want to think of her as a dude...

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