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    Those Diablo Cycles decals seem to be made by 3M or at least use 3M film. It doesn't get any better than that.

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    I'm impressed with the quality of the Diablo striping/decal kits. These fit and conformed to the curves of the tank beautifully..which was a huge relief. 3M has always been my preferred choice for tape of any kind. It's more expensive, but once you compare..there's nothing that even comes close. It's so flexible and you can leave 3M tape on something for 6 months and it still peels right off w/o having to fight it or leaving any kind of residue what-so-ever.
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    Clever prep tip; locating the decals with tape before their difficult installations.
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    Thanks Bill. I learned how to do that after doing it wrong several times. It pretty much ensures they go back on where they need to, because you only get one chance at it.

    Back to the spray booth today to get the second round of clear coats going. No sense re-spraying the bottom. Just a waste of expensive material.







    Six coats later. Rotated the pics to get a better look.









    The next step will be to cut and buff. Should have more then enough clear coats on these parts, 9 in all. And even after 6 over the decals, they're still so thick they won't be completely buried. It'll be close though when everything is block sanded down. They'll still look real nice when done.
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    1982 Honda CX500 Turbo, 1982 Honda MB5 w/CR80 motor, 1977 Honda "nekid" Goldwing, 1976 Honda CB550F cafe', 1972 Honda XL250 cafe'

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    Simply stunning Larry.... I cannot thank you enough for taking this on!
    I’ll remember you in my will.... .
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    You're very welcome, Mal. You've been the perfect client. I enjoy doing this kinda stuff..and if I take home a buck or two, I'm a happy guy. I'll open these parts up with some 600 grit tomorrow and let them breathe through Christmas and then start the polishing process. I also like em to cure for a week after they're completely done before wrapping them up for the trip home.
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    Fantastic again Larry! Can't wait to see how they go after a cut and polish and in some natural light

    Mal's getting a top notch job!
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    Holidays are over. Time to finish up Mal's GS750. While my wife was at work, I stole her kitchen counter to sand the clear. Started with 800 wet/dry on to 1000, 1500, and finally 2000 grit.



    Took a moment to put a quick spritz of the same black for the side covers to match the back ground for the tank emblems. No masking required, just spray, and wipe the letters off after they dried a bit.



    Voila..simple



    I put the emblems back on the side covers, too. Amazing what a difference a bit of color and chrome makes.





    After the three step polishing process, it's a good time to cover over the paint line around the gas filler. Started with 1/4" Fine Line, followed by 1/2" to reveal the "smear zone".







    Just used my finger to swipe the JB Weld over the paint line.



    I always pull the tape off almost immediately before the JB has a chance to set up. You don't want it to harden on top of the tape making it really difficult to pull off cleanly. No gas fumes should ever lift the new paint doing this.

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    1982 Honda CX500 Turbo, 1982 Honda MB5 w/CR80 motor, 1977 Honda "nekid" Goldwing, 1976 Honda CB550F cafe', 1972 Honda XL250 cafe'

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    Screwed the tank emblems on and took the parts outside in natural light. Sadly, a very gloomy day, not the greatest for finish pics, but oh well..





    Still shows off the depth of reflections even in this light. I love the way these parts turned out. I painted the underside of the tail section with the same satin black.















    Thanks again for the interest and thanks as well to Mal for sending me the parts. I still enjoy doing this stuff and being able to do it as a hobby these days makes it all the better. Next up a 1973 Honda CB750 in metal flake orange..cool.
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    Many, many thanks Larry, this project has turned out far better than I dreamed it could. To do justice to your work I shall to have to do a an in depth clean-up of the entire bike before I put all these bits back on! Roll on the Spring and ice-free roads. I'll call you tomorrow evening mate.
    -Mal

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