'53 Bel Airflow Shelby : Rusty ol American dream! Pg 17!

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First off, I'm kind of liking the 'c-rustiness' of the frame and tank....anyone....Beuller....anyone?

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A quick trim job on the wood guard this morning. My chain ring curve wasn't 'round' before. And I got rid of the 'hump' above the eagle's eye on the top edge.

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Yeah I love how the tank turned out, almost exactly what I want to do with my frame. I assumed you would be doing more to it, and I'm tired of being the guy who likes bikes three steps before they're finished. I believe I added a pic of the tank from your last post in the Highlights thread
 

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I like the crustina vibe, but I feel like something needs to be done to tie the tank, frame, fenders and guard together. That could be either patina or shiny. That beefy tank surface is begging for something though. The guard is a also a large surface that needs more than just color.
 
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What do you do on a record hot 97 degree (F) day in June? You strip.

I used my mix of 50/50 water and vinegar sprayed on 220 grit sandpaper and used wet , so as not to scratch the metal, to remove more of the paint on the fenders and not leave any 'edges'. It worked pretty well for my first time trying it. I used a sanding sponge to respond better to the curvature of the fender shape, and then wiped after each small cleaning with a towel. I will wipe the whole surface with paint thinner after it's had time to dry. Right. In this humidity?

The left half is untouched in this photo, and the right side got the one- two punch:
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Cool look on the fenders. It looks a little bit like "Fordite / Detroit Agate".
Aren't you gonna take the tank off to paint the frame??????
 

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I was assuming your were taping off for paint.

The Fordite comment was about the layered colors of your fenders.

Fordite/Detroit Agate is a cool man made "gemstone" formation of accumulations of paint layers inside car plants.

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Great story, men always dressed well back then. Love the frame and fork combo.
My uncle Edgar, back in the 50 - 60s was a mechanic for the state police. Every day he went to work in a suite and tie. He put his good cloths in his locker an put on coveralls. It was important to look good then. Casual was a sweater and tie. 40s -50s ski jumpers had to wear a club V neck sweater, white shirt and tie. If you didn’t the judges deducted some points from your style score.
 
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Dr T, and it's only supposed to get 'richer and darker' when I apply the clear. Don't hold your breath for that though, that's a ways down the road!
 
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Staying true to my roots, and the impetus behind this build; my dad's '53 ' Woodland Green' Chevy , I am so happy with this Dupli- Color Perfect Match GM color! It deepens as you layer it on, and has a fair amount of metallic that pops in the sun. I used the Dupli-Color Scratch Filler Gray Primer after I cleaned the frame and tank with my 50/50 Vinegar / Water spray and 220 grit paper, followed by a wipe down with Isopropyl alcohol .

I will say, this DC rattle can paint is 2.5 times the price of the Rustoleum, but I really like how it lays down on the steel, and the 'depth' of the color. Remember, this will all be cleared as well, and the clear will make that metallic paint and the color really come out.

Anyway, here's what I've got so far.....

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One other thing I found out watching Dupli-Color vids on Youtube. You can turn the nozzle tip either vertically or horizontally depending on your spraying motion / direction. I did not know this before. It really helps to keep the paint flowing evenly along the surface you are painting, in that particular direction.
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Above, for vertical tubes like the seat tube. Below, for horizontal.


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And I had some question as to whether the color on the rims of my wheels would jibe with this green; after seeing them up next to each other, I have no question any more. The rim color looks much more 'gray' against the green/blue compared to the 'blue' look the rims had against those baby blue fenders in the original mock ups. It will pair / compliment nicely.

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Color is an amazing thing. It takes on different hues when it's paired with other colors.
 
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"I will say, this DC rattle can paint is 2.5 times the price of the Rustoleum, but I really like how it lays down on the steel, and the 'depth' of the color. Remember, this will all be cleared as well, and the clear will make that metallic paint and the color really come out."
That's what I'm hoping for on my build Of Three Minds. You get what you pay for, they say.
Totally digging your build and love how that color is coming out so far.
Glad you went with your original intent to match your Dad's car.
 

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Will bee a much deeper finish after the 1k extreme class clear. :cool:

If ya want more metallic use. Special effects multicolor flake clear.
 
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Color is an amazing thing. It takes on different hues when it's paired with other colors.
If you wanna drive deeper into this, I recommend the book by Josef Albers: Interaction of Color
At least it kept me busy exploring colors for quite a while.
 

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