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Painting Tins. No really...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Candy green and white a la XS1

    10 vote(s)
    35.7%
  2. Candy gold and white a la XS1

    11 vote(s)
    39.3%
  3. Candy red and white a la XS2

    7 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    This one ? This looks a bit Pastel but beautiful.
    XS650 50th is coming...
    Watching Jims painting class and wishing
    :rolleyes:
    (Oops wrong bike lol)
     

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  2. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks guys!!

    This is gonna be a matching set of tank and side covers that I'll put up for sale. So indirectly, yes... that money will help fund the speed twin. ;)
     
  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Headlight ears and bucket to match by chance Jim?
     
  4. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Possibly. I need to scrounge through my junk pile and see if I have usable ones.
     
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  5. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor

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    This is a '80 that a local 'indy' shop is selling. I haven't seen it, but I bet it doesn't come close to what your tins will be. He's been trying to sell it for months.

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  6. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah, I think he's a bit overpriced for what he has. Interesting scheme on the tank. Lookin' at it makes me wonder if I should fill in the badge mount and put a tuning fork there like Bob's 77D?
    Opinions?

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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Of course it’s your project to do as you wish, ;)
    You’ve gone to so much effort to mimic the look of the early gas tanks, IMHO if you could somehow continue that with the early oval badges it would complete the look. The downside is they’re stupid expensive and the mounts are different and also the early tanks have a recess for the badges to fit into. How do you suppose this guy fit them on his special tank?

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  8. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah, that's my current "sticking point" with 'em.:yikes:
     
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  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Something else to consider is a YAMAHA decal applied to the paint and then cleared over. That’s the way my XS750 tank came from the factory.
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    There are a lot of decals of various sizes and colors on eBay
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    And I’ll leave you with one last idea , then I’ll stop writing all over your thread. :D
    There is an online Do it yourself decal company that I’ve had numerous decals made by. They have an online interactive design software that’s fun to play with, make them any size, any color, with or without borders or shadows, hundreds of different fonts to choose from, they come pre cut as individual letters on an application sheet that’s very easy to apply.

    I knocked this out in about 5 minutes. The yellow is just a background color I chose, not part of the decal.

    https://doityourselflettering.com/vinyl-lettering/

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  10. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Looks good Jim.:thumbsup: The tank looks familiar?. I`ve got one I`ve been thinking about Knee notches and a center ridge like a Triumph or Trackmaster tank. Probably weld rod down the center and bondo it in. The 2K primers and sealers all but completely eliminate bleed through on white and light silvers etc but the old school trick was to use blue hardner in the bondo. This post makes me want to go out in the shop and create another mess to clean up.:doh: Easier to just watch you.:thumbsup:
     
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  11. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Jim,
    although I mostly agree with what the old Scotsman said about what colour to paint a boat:-
    "Two choices, one's black, t'other's the colour fools use" Gawd, that's a beautiful paint job.
    Here's my Heritage Special's tank:- See next post.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2019
  12. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

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    The sidepanel's burgundy is so dark I didn't notice it wasn't black at first
     
  13. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    It might be one of yours Phil. Dunno... got so many tanks now it's hard to keep track.
    Gonna try that on the next one. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    When you run out let me know.:wink2:
     
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  15. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    That is Doug Whitaker's Special! Side cover badges are painted on. Tank badges are from Mike's XS. The tank is stock Special. The bike is beautiful when up close and personal.
     
  16. GunnerB52

    GunnerB52 XS650 Member

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    Jim, Your creativity shows in what you have already done on this tank, so you should go with your gut on this. Personally I think the oval stock badges will finish out the enhanced stock look you are going for, especially if you go with the candy gold that I voted for!
     
  17. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

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  19. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah... saw that. Almost 50 bucks with shipping. Don't know why but that just rubs me wrong. At the end of the day, guess I'll just suck it up and go ahead and get 'em.
    Anyway..... finished up the Bondo and shaping. Everything measures out within (my) limits. Put just a whiff of primer on the edges. That'll be my guide for rounding the edges off evenly.

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  20. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Love what you're doing with the bondo, real '70s stuff.

    Hard to say about the colors. I suppose if you intend to sell the tank and tins, one of the traditional colors would likely sell better.

    If it was for *your* project, could be worth pursuing an alternative color scheme, but in keeping with the XS1 pattern. Coupla examples:

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    Now, something that would be groundbreaking, would be a combination with chrome, or tinted chrome. The Alsa chrome paints have come a long way...

     

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