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Old 03-04-2014, 05:01 AM
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Very sharp looking ride, Cruise.
I would never consider a white paint job, but it sure works on your bike with the black rims and parts. Also very fine-looking is that summer weather in the background.

The aluminum kickstand is mostly finished. I made the "foot" end about a half-inch longer than stock. After the bike is painted and assembled, I'm going to hammer the foot to flatten and widen it a bit. Until it's assembled, you can't be sure of the angle it meets the ground.

The kickstand snaps up nice and tight, no drooping. If you have a drooping k-stand on an old Schwinn 10-speed, the problem is always wearing of the pin on the end that rides on the "cam". It's just 3/16 inch round rod - easy to make a replacement. I wouldn't use anything too hard like the shank of a broken drill bit. You want the pin to wear out, not the cam.

The frame is about all stripped; will start painting tomorrow. I wish I could do most of that outside. I'm going to rig up a ventilation system in the basement for the rattle-can adventure.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:45 AM
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Finished stripping frame. Made a makeshift paint booth in the basement. Used dropcloths for floor and walls and piped into the Maytag clothes dryer for a nifty ventilation system. Got down the first primer coat.

I took pics, but it's too late to mess with them now. All further posts on this project are going in the paint forum.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:59 PM
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While I like the idea of warm forced air ventilation to help the paint cure, won't the Maytag provide linty air?
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:16 PM
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While I like the idea of warm forced air ventilation to help the paint cure, won't the Maytag provide linty air?
If you have a fine enough screen it won't be a problem.. we used to have an 'indoor vent kit' on a dryer in one place.. the only way to screen out the ultra-fine lint was with a stocking/pantyhose leg stretched over the vent. The weave is fine enough to catch almost everything. (Sourcing material is easier if you have a wife/gf... they almost always have a ruined pair).
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:27 PM
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While I like the idea of warm forced air ventilation to help the paint cure, won't the Maytag provide linty air?

No. The dryer blower usually draws air from the drum and blows it outside. The air passes over the heating element, goes through the drum and clothes, then through the blower and out the vent to the outside.

Now it's drawing air from my paint booth and blowing it out the vent. The drum is removed and the heater is not involved. I was going to use an electric leaf blower and exhaust the air out the dryer vent. But that leaf blower is very loud. About 6 months ago I did some maintenance on the dryer and learned that it is very easy (about 10 minutes) to take off the front and pull the drum. So that seemed to be a better ventilation solution.It seems to be providing just about the right amount of suction to get rid of the fumes and overspray.

After the paint is good and dry to the touch - couple hours - I use a little ceramic space heater to help cure faster/better.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:31 PM
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Today I broke my chain >_<

Shifted gears under too much power, chain goes *POP!* engine revved and I knew immediately. Fortunately I wasn't too far from home and there was a bike store still open...
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:22 AM
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Lucky no square-shaped gouge missing from a leg!
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:21 AM
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Here's pics of the dryer rigged for ventilation. Since I took them I might as well post them.

And there's one of the frame - totally bare metal. Looked pretty cool like that; shiny! Now its sprayed gold. Looks good like that too. But the gold paint is just an undercoat for my Krylon X-Metals red (basically a candy-apple paint).
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:33 AM
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Impressive spray booth setup!
I had plans to use the back shed of an empty house near me but some inconsiderate people started renting it!
I had to walk my parts 30 metres up the street and spray them in a dirt patch away from cars and houses etc. I'm sure I had some eyes looking over fences thinking I was graffiti-ing. I like your setup much better.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:28 PM
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Here's pics of the dryer rigged for ventilation. Since I took them I might as well post them.

And there's one of the frame - totally bare metal. Looked pretty cool like that; shiny! Now its sprayed gold. Looks good like that too. But the gold paint is just an undercoat for my Krylon X-Metals red (basically a candy-apple paint).
Very clever solution, I wish I could pull something like that together here.
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