- Mar 11, 2021
All these photos and I can't see a difference (other than they're not all black). What is it I need to be appalled about?
well, i can't prove that my paint is original, but then again, nobody can prove otherwise. my tank and side covers are cleared, so as far as i'm concerned, there's no "IF's" about it! sorry if i've wasted anyone's time with my appalling questions. time fo me to move on....Yes, "if".
well, i can't prove that my paint is original, but then again, nobody can prove otherwise.
Same with metallics, the process of wet sanding would expose metal flakes which creates an uneven blotchy appearance. There are no single stage metallic paints, unless you create your own.
Joe, you said your stripes were applied after the clear. If your bike has clear on it it is not original.
AgreeI think what Joe was referring to is clear lacquer on the Candy and not 'clearcoat' that, logically would be applied over the pinstripes (and decals?) as the pinstripes in his pics look to be on top of the paint surface.
These stripes are correct. The “7” or boomerang is the shape of the stripe. A triangle with a missing side…the “open” part. The 850 decals deteriorate and your’s have probably been replaced which is why they are parallel to the top of the side cover instead of parallel to the ground.David -
sorry, don't understand the "open end of the 7" thing. all photographs show the pin strips close together. so, from what you're saying, my side cover is either non-original, or repaint, a replacement part, or ???.
here's a pic of the pin stripe where it comes together. from what i can tell, it was hand painted after the clear. my stripes are well worn most likely from years of cleaning, polishing, and waxing,
this has me puzzled, and you have injected more doubt in my bikes originality -- i have to assume the pin stripe and decale stickers were applied at some time after the paint process, and before side cover's assembly to the ftame. the factory would have to have some sort of alignment jig to orient the label to an imaginary horizontal line, unless the "commando" sticker was applied during final assembly, after the side covers were installed. i'm assuming the horizontal line is the axle to axle centerline.
Notice that the blue one, on the right side is parallel to the frame tube and the red one is not. This implies that the oil tank is mounted differently or the spacers under the top edge of the cover are different lengths.Gene's pictures...
Show the same side cover being at different angles. The blue one seems to be parallel with the ground, while the red one "points upward". As the right side panel covers the oil tank, I wonder what's different between these machines? Or are the side panels shaped differently?