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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
mike5100
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bad rust on the frame

.... but not where I expected it.
I knew there were some orangey bits at the front base of the frame. Shoulda fitted a fenda extenda. Anyway I decided simply to clean these down and overpaint them with hammered black hammerite - which is a reasonable match for the sparkly graphite frame. Then I went round with an artist's brush doing all the seams of the welds where they looked a bit orange. I expected to find loads but was pleasantly surprised at how little I had to touch up considering I've done 23k miles much of it through a UK winter.
BUT - I then had a look up high with a torch under the front fairing where the radiators bolt on and it was bad. Lots of flaking paint and big areas of rust. I didn't expect this and since its under warranty I could have probably got a new frame. But hey what the heck. I just used a stipple brush and put plenty of hammerite on it. If the dealer knocks points off when I trade in, I will be annoyed.
Sorry no pics - just wanted to get on with it.
Mike
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