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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:24 am 
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I'd always planned to buy another alpinestars Al-Mega DX after my one got stolen visiting a girlfriend 15 years ago. 
This one came up at a good price, it's a different year and hence slightly different frame design but after spending 15 minutes in front of the seller checking for cracks I bought it.
Everything appears to be origional except the stem and bar, but I happened to find the exact origional ones in my garage a few days before I bought it!
The seat post has been cut very short so I am going to fit my Joplin and turn it into a retro trail bike. The Deore DX piano shifters are just as bad as I remember and would be swapped if it didn't involve swapping brake levers as well.
Unfortunately I forgot to test ride it before stripping!



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After spending two hours polishing it to a mirror finish I decided to paint it in its original colours. So sanded it back down again!


As you can see I have a custom built state of the art paint room. 
My photography skills are almost as impressive. 
This is the etch primer. 

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White Primer, unfortunately I was in a rush and had to buy it from Halfords. 

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:24 pm 
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Painted with a very bright white to reduce the use of final colours.

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Flourescent yellow for the forks and stem.
Basecoat for the frame.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:50 pm 
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This could turn out nice but...Joplin seatpost?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:52 pm 
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1991. My favourite alpinestars vintage. :) How's the fluro' going on? When I did mine it took a few coats to get a finish I was happy with.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:42 am 
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Joplins are really good! It saves stopping and adjusting the seatpost all the time.

The flourescent is surprisingly easy to use. You can put it on quite thick, I'm glad I used the bright white first though as I think I'll use a lot less.
I just need to work out where the flourescent goes on the frame!

Hopefully just another coat on the stem and forks then lacquer. And another basecoat then the topcoat then lacquer on the frame tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:01 am 
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Starting to take shape quite nicely...

Is it a rattle-can finish? Or spray gun?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:12 am 
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Just aerosol cans!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:16 am 
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Rampage wrote:
I just need to work out where the flourescent goes on the frame!


Have you got your decals yet? What I did was place them on the frame and pencil mark where they would cover and then masked off the white frame and applied the fluro.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:50 am 
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watching this with interest.

nice example of good decals at the bottom 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:33 pm 
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dallas95 wrote:
Rampage wrote:
I just need to work out where the flourescent goes on the frame!


Have you got your decals yet? What I did was place them on the frame and pencil mark where they would cover and then masked off the white frame and applied the fluro.



Thanks, gives me an idea!


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