Rear brake plate, Gloss or Satin Black

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Just prepped my back brake plate for paint, and am not sure if gloss or satin black is right for a 1971 Commando.

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Graeme
 
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Just wondering, if anybody knew, if these parts were originally finished gloss black or satin black from the factory.

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Graeme
 
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Don't think the factory would have had such a fancy finish as satin in them days. Would be gloss is my bet, same as frame, swingarm, batt tray etc.
 

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I agree with Keith1069. While the finish is not as high gloss as a basecoat/clearcoat system, the factory frame finish had a moderately high gloss.
 
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I have no "scientific basis" for this, but I'm thinking the original finish was kind of a semi-gloss, which goes along with what Ron is saying, sort of.
 
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I'm pretty sure that it was gloss but it was "off the gun" with no preparation and no flatting afterwards.

Most of them had a pretty dry finish

The finish that modern paints can provide took a lot more work to achieve in the 1970s.

If you have a chain oiler then the correct finish is a "wet look" and it should drip when you park. :D (not sure if that's the paint though)
 
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I remember when I had mine powder coated I chose gloss black because it matched the original finish closer than any other option. I used gloss black without a clear coat.
 
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