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    Not so proud of all of my "jobs", and not sure how well I like these yet, but here they are fresh out of the oven. They do shine. Powder is super wet gloss from Caswell, wasnt aware of PBTP when I purchased this powder and am trying to get rid of whats left of the 5 lbs I purchased so I can buy some. Some of the pics I see of the gloss black from PBTP look much nicer than this stuff does.

    Hope these are not to big. Tell me what you think, and I love pointers, come one come all.
    Baked 375 part temp. for 15 min, instructed 10 but went 15 instead.

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    They look good! I guess you are worried about the orange peel?

    The two main reasons for Orange peel are too much powder or not enough powder. I am sure this sounds like a broken record by now, but practice makes perfect. The customer should be very happy. I like the 5 minute over bake.

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    • #3
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      Sand Blasted, Cleaned with simple dish soap, heated to dry them and try to outgass for about 20 min at 300 deg. let cool, coated and baked.

      I only taped where the axle goes, thats all my buddy wanted me to tape, I used old bolts to put in the holes with threads.

      I had not pulled the tape yet where the axles go, I figured out to late I should have done that after flowout, but a little wet dry paper 1000 grit goes a long way to smooth out those problems.

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      • #4
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        Yeah, the peel ticks me right off, but to be fair to myself, believe it or not, some of that is the casting, but most is due to TO MUCH POWDER.

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        • #5
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          What else do you recommend? What am I missing? Ive never known how to out-gas, so I guessed, have not had any problems - yet. But Ill take all the info your willing to give, cause all your stuff comes out so nice.

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          • #6
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            Oh, sorry, I did protect the open end as well, but the machine surfaces I was told to coat, dont know why, but hey its what he wanted. If they dont fit I guess Ill be doing them again. Might be for the best, They may turn out better the second time around.

            Thanks again.

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            • #7
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              Wow, what a coincidence! I just did those exact same parts, tips and all for my first real customer this week too, it wet black.

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              • #8
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                I never mask the machine surfaces on lower legs. Just the threaded holes with golf T's and mask the axle area and cap the tops. The machined area on the side serves no purpose and is the bolt head side for the calipers masking it would leave exposed alum.

                The legs look great! I dont usually outgas lowers either and have never had problems. Just blast clean really well inside and out and coat.

                Jason

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                • #9
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                  to date i have coated over 100 sets of these legs and iam with autocycle on this one i never tape the outer machine surface.i do tape off were the caliper mounts to the inside the 2 round spots..if not and you put to much powder it throws the spacing off for the front caliper and the front rotor wont be centered...trust me i know i diid it on my own bike....over 100 sets and never a come back...they look good some light op .but it takes time..good luck.cj

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                  • #10
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                    heres a pic of my bagger.if you look close there is nothing that even goes there the caliper mounts to the inside..sure wish my bike wasnt the first set i did...oh well..haha
                    http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m131 ... IM1154.jpg

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Harleydad
                      O.K. cool. Thats good info and less work for me. I'll tell the shop it isn't necessary. When I did the very first set, they told me what to mask and that's what I did. Always assumed they would be the ones to know.
                      I guess it's my bad, for the bad info. Sorry Gongchuan. You really want to punish me, make me drink a beer right now.


                      I always ask the customer just to be sure they dont have and preference. I knew what you were saying in the earlier post just wanted to make sure the newer people understood.

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                      • #12
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                        Hey, thanks all you guys! (and gals if present) No info is bad info, just dif ways of doing things, and Im glad to learn as much from each post as possible. Thanks everyone for the remarks. If my cheap gud didnt shoot out like a broken force main I think I would get a much better product. Just have not been able to bring myself to purchase a new one yet.

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                        • #13
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                          cjlee, just wanted to say, dang.... for all the powder you got on that bike you might should have got a night train... Ha Ha. (or at least im guessing most of it is powder work)

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