July 30, 2013
Fuel Tank Badges
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Now that I have the tank painted and pin striped, it still won't be truly complete until the Triumph badges are mounted.
badges are chrome plated die cast pieces screwed to either side of
the tank. Mine looked a little rough, but I deemed them
issue was the background color. It was a very off-white--almost a
light yellowish brown. I didn't consider the color attractive,
and assumed that it had yellowed from an original whiter white. I
did an internet image search of bikes of the era, and all appeared to
have a much whiter background than mine. The white paint came off
pretty easily with lacquer thinner, but since the black was in better
shape, I left it in place.
what color to use? And should I spray it or paint it by brush?
Looking at the original badges closely, it appears that the white
background was brushed on. There are places where the brush work
was a little sloppy, mostly on the lower edges of the raised letters.
The top edges are much cleaner, though. The painter must
have either taken more pains along the more visible tops of the
letters, or had a way to clean them up.
to the color, my first thought was to use the same color as for the pin
stripes. I used a pretty small artists brush to paint some
thinned One-Shot paint onto the background. I don't think I got
the paint on quite as smooth as the original, but did a better job
cutting in next to the raised letters. In the end, I didn't like
this color--it looked too starkly white, so I took it off.
wanted something slightly more off-white, so I took a chip of the pin
stripe paint to the auto store to look at the Duplicolor selection.
Of the five or six whites they had, I ended up choosing
"Performance White", apparently a Ford color. It is a little more
cream colored than the One-Shot, but not much. I had planned to
just spray the paint into a cup and brush it on as before, but the
paint was very thin, and was taking multiple coats to get coverage, and
this was causing the surface finish to be rough and ugly. Next
option--mask and spray.
this way did cover the sides of the raised letters, unlike the
original. On the other hand, coverage is more consistent, and it
probably looks better than having the inevitable paint blobs in the
tight places. I did brush a coat of black over the existing paint.
the pictures it's hard to see the difference between the One-Shot
paint and the Duplicolor, but the latter is a little more subdued.
Mounted the badges with brand new chrome plated 2BA screws.
This looks OK to me. I saw a number of examples on the web of a much brighter white that looked unnatural.
Can't wait to mount this puppy on the bike.
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