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Today was a very exciting day again. All parts of the frame were sprayed in the beautiful color Bianco Canopus. I've seen this color on pictures with Lamborghini's often but never on a frame so I really had no idea what it'd look like. But I'm really happy that I chose this color. It looks really great, especially when there's some light shining on it. And my sister has done a really good job again, don't think anyone could get it any better looking than this.
As usual here's a picture again before the spraying. The layer of epoxy is a bit sanded here so it already looks like matte white.
And after the spraying. Much light in the spray booths so it already looked very nice.
Wrapped everything again to get it home without any damage. It all barely fits in my car.
At home I unwrapped everything again and right away I placed a fender on it to see the combination of the 2 colors. I think it looks really awesome. I made these pictures with flash so you can see a little how this color looks like with some light shining on it. But outside with sunlight, and also with you own eyes, it looks even better.
Tonight I already started building it up. First I placed the new SKF bearings and glued the magnet for the speed sensor.
Then I attached the lower front swingarms with the POM bushings in it and the shocks to the frame. Pretty fun knowing that this is finally the last time attaching everything.
Also placed the shock covers already. Looks a bit odd still but I kinda have to see it when everything is attached.
The plan was to spend the whole day tomorrow to continue building it up but unfortunately I have a problem with my car that has to be fixed before Monday so I think I'll be working on that the whole day tomorrow. So the quad bike will still have to wait a bit.
In about 2 weeks the last parts will also be sprayed. These are all of the routed aluminium parts. So I'll have to be patient with those again but if they turn out the same way then it's definately worth the wait.
Today 2 layers of epoxy were sprayed on all of the sandblasted parts. Black epoxy for all the parts that will be matte black and white epoxy for all the parts that will be matte white. I was able to help with sanding some of the parts and mixing the white epoxy. But the spraying was ofcourse done by my sister. It really looks very nice already, would already love to take it all home.
I'm really curious now how it'll look like when the actual spraycoats are on there but I have to be patient for that. Next Saturday all of the black parts will probably be done though. The white parts will come after that and are also some more work.
Tonight I went to the sandblaster. All parts of the frame are done and all look the same now. I already left them all at the company where my sister works so she can start spraying it all. We put all parts together there, already looks pretty nice. First a layer of epoxy will come on it all, then all the spray coats.
The spraying will probably take a few weeks since everything will have to be done inbetween work or outside of working hours and it's quite a lot of work. But at least I know for sure that the result will be very nice. The coming weeks I do still have some things to do, first I can finally start cleaning the whole workspace and prepare everything for when the sprayed parts will come back.
Posted on 11 August 2014 at 12:12 am (CET)
Good news, I finally have everything done for sandblasting. This weekend I worked really hard to get everything to fit and also rounded off all corners and sharp edges.
First some pictures with everything in, the mounting points still weren't made to size here and still no corners rounded off.
And here with everything out, looks pretty nice. And it's also very strong, I'm really happy that I decided to go with 3 mm steel instead of aluminium.
Then I took everything apart again and placed all parts that have to be sandblasted together. There are quite a few parts.
So these are also the last pictures with that ugly glossy white and all those bare spots. Hopefully I can go the sandblaster this coming week already, I'll keep you updated.
Meanwhile I also had some new bushings made of the material POM. The small ones are all for the front swingarms en the 2 big ones for the rear swingarm. These are replacements for the bad rubber bushings (front swingarms) and needle bearings (rear swingarm). POM is very suitable for this, it's very wear resistant and smooth. Many quad bike riders use this material as replacement and are very happy with it. I still don't know myself since I can't place them yet till everything is sprayed.
I also got some new bearings for the front wheels and rear axle of the brand SKF. These will last much longer than the original Chinese ones that were in there.
In the bearing house I also had a slight modification made. The speed sensor of Trail Tech is quite a bit smaller than the original one and also has a different thread (3/8 inch). To be able to mount the sensor in the same spot a bushing was placed in there, works perfectly.
That was it again, hopefully another update soon with a sandblasted frame.
All mounting points have been welded, again thanks to Van Alphen Lasservice. It all went well and it's been done very nicely.
I'm now working on drilling the holes and tapping threads. It's quite tricky to get all the holes aligned properly but it's going pretty good so far. I just still need a few evenings to finish this I think.
I also need quite a lot of bolts again which I'll hopefully have tomorrow. Then I can see if I'm able to succesfully attach everything.
Meanwhile I'm already trying to find a sandblasting company so that all parts of the frame can get sandblasted and then sprayed as soon as possible. But since the construction workers holiday has just started again here it's not really going well. There's a big chance that I won't get this done the coming 3 weeks.
I also received some neoprene shock covers from DirtSkins. Don't really need them just yet but I already got them for when I'm going to rebuild the quad bike. Hopefully the shocks will last a bit longer with these. I also like how they look.
And that's it again, hopefully another update at the end of this week.