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Custom Paint - Candy Blue Chopper Paint Work - Customs by Ripper


 

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The gas tank is an Arlen Ness custom stretched tank.

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Here's the tank back on the bike at Mike's shop. He wanted to see the color on the bike before we went any further. I think he made a good choice, leaving the color up to me....

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The frame was dropped off pretty much as you see it. I just finished up the bodywork and painted it. The rear fender is angled just like the tank. A lot of sanding and finishing went into it. The rest of the frame needed some smoothing out. Mike welded flat stock and square tubing to a stock Harley frame, then smoothed it out with some plastic. It needed quite a bit of extra work to make it look right.

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Finally, some primer:

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Special care was taken to not blot out the VIN on the neck with plastic or primer.
This is a factory titled frame, so I was really careful to keep it legal.

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You're square, baby....
(this was the easy way to get primer on the bottom of everything)

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And now, more sanding. As you can see, all the masking tape was removed, then reapplied before the paint work was started.
The neck cups were welded in so they needed to be masked off and the mounts for the engine and transmission need to be free of paint.

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Sitting the tank back on the frame gave me an idea for the paint scheme. Mike wanted to break it up and not make the entire bike Candy Blue. He wanted a fade to silver or something like that, but he wasn't sure.

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