Bernies Bike Shed

Hoffmann Gouverneur cycle parts restoration

Hoffmann front mudgard and headlight

Hoffmann front mudgard and headlight

Cycle parts going through the preparing stage for painting!The grey is abasic primer,the yellow is a spray putty for small scratches pin holes, and the red is a putty used for small dents and deeper scratches put on with a knife.Then rubbed down and repeated till no marks can be seen!Finaly a few more coats of grey primer applied and a final rubbing down with wet and dry 320 grade

Front mudgard being given the Notro Mors treatment
Front mudgard being given the Notro Mors treatment
cycle parts 12-15 hours later,aready for the next stage
cycle parts 12-15 hours later,aready for the next stage

This page is on the process of preparing the cycle parts(12) for painting and lining.The whole job is very time consuming,but i have found that the more effort made in preparation results in a finish thats up to concours standard.

The first job is to remove all the road dirt and grim!With the Hoffmann because of its oil leak,lots of oil had found its way to most of the rear of the bike.I used to take cycle parts to be shot blasted,although it does the job,i found the surfice was like fine sandpaper and needed lots of prima/filler to fill the surfice,also in areas that were arkward to get to,smoothing the prima was difficult.So now i remove the paint with the Nitro Mors method,plus a scraper,wire brush and wirewool,its a messy job!but i find it therapeutic and get carried away and can’t stop sometimes.You normally have to apply two coats of Nitro mors as the first application removes the top coats and the second will remove the more stubburn filler/prima coats.I finally attack whats remaining with a twisted wire brush in a angle grinder,This tool is brilliant at removing the last bits of prima/filler it also cleans the rust out any scratches,dents pin holes and gives the prime metal a polish ready for painting.It is very good at removing skin from fingers in no time at all!! not what you want,so be aware!

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