Saturday, 5 December 2009

A 650 quid paint job

Progress has been slow due to continued rotator cuff nonsense, but I've now got the tinware grit blasted by the excellent Peter Boonham at Summit Blast Cleaning in Easton (01480 891696), on the recommendation of motorcycle-friendly body shop AJ Cobb in Hilton (

Peter de-rusted and etch primered the mudguards, rear light unit, side panels, chain guard, fork legs and a few miscellaneous brackets for £65. Adrian Cobb agreed to paint it all, filling in the dents and scrapes, and refinishing the tank, for £650 plus VAT. It's a hell of a lot of money but this is top quality work, with painstaking use of filler, baking the undercoat on at 80C, much rubbing down, then painting and polishing (and more rubbing and baking).

The result is liquidly beautiful. This cameraphone snap hardly does it justice, but things should look better once the bike is rebuilt.

1 comment:

  1. very impressive paint job - as so often with the re-build of a '60s brit twin, we're pretty much assured of seeing a finished machine considerably sweeter than the one that came out of the factory. I like the addition of a steering damper which means you'll be able to ride the bike down to Cornwall again. MORE PERSEVERANCE !