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    Default Restoring the shine to my 1980 GS860G

    Well, it's time to tear the 1980 GS850G down and make it all nice-nice.
    I did a mock up with the Emgo Fairing and now it's disassemble and paint time.
    I have to paint now before winter as I do not have a heated garage. I can polish metal and do mechanicals in the garage with my small heater but painting needs done NOW!!

    I'm also rebuilding the forks and painting the bottoms and will clean up the motor and such over the winter.
    Mechanically it's great so this will be an all cosmetic re-do.
    At only 9600 miles on the old clock she deserves the redo and didn;t look too shabby to start with.

    I may do a 4 into 1 at somepoint, but its running nicely and I don;t want to have to play the jet game...
    Oh well here it is:

    Mock up:







    It will eventually look like this (but with brighter metallic silver)


    And all of this so it can sit next to it's way more attractive sister.


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    Lots of fun this weekend! Got all parts 2k primed and wet sanded and even shot the first layer of base color!








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    Looking good. Keep us updated.
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    You going to paint the engine black?

    It would look sharp against the silver bodywork.

    mine: 2000 Honda GoldWing GL1500SE and 1980 GS850G'K' "Junior"
    hers: 1982 GS850GL - "Angel" and 1969 Suzuki T250 Scrambler
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    Ended up doing a 100o grit color sand, more paint, a 1200 grit color sand and more paint and a 1500 grit color sand and more paint.
    Laid the graphics yesterday (not shown) and if weather is good, I'll clear coat x 5 coats this weekend with some 2K clear.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    You going to paint the engine black?

    It would look sharp against the silver bodywork.
    This may happen. This motor has the clear rubbed off in several locations, so I either spend all winter with some sanding and buffing pads on a dremel, or I clean it and use some black engine paint.
    That very well may happen.
    Great suggestion.

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    Four 2k clear coats down. Gonna let cure a few days. Wet sand with 1500 grit and then 2 more coats of 2k clear. Then wet sand with 1800 and polish. It's not perfect but it looks way better!














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    Not seeing any pictures. I'm viewing this at work, might be a firewall thing.

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    mine: 2000 Honda GoldWing GL1500SE and 1980 GS850G'K' "Junior"
    hers: 1982 GS850GL - "Angel" and 1969 Suzuki T250 Scrambler
    #1 son: 1986 Yamaha Venture Royale 1300 and 1982 GS650GL "Rat Bagger"
    #2 son: 1980 GS1000G
    Family Portrait
    Siblings and Spouses
    Mom's first ride
    Want a copy of my valve adjust spreadsheet for your 2-valve per cylinder engine? Send me an e-mail request (not a PM)
    (Click on my username in the upper-left corner for e-mail info.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Not seeing any pictures. I'm viewing this at work, might be a firewall thing.

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    Nope. Can't see 'em at my home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Not seeing any pictures. I'm viewing this at work, might be a firewall thing.

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    I cannot see the pictures in posts #5 and #7 either. Could see those in posts #1 and #2.
    1981 GS850G "Blue Magic" (Photo of the Month Winner April 2009)

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