Seventies Lace Paint Job

Article And Photos By: Matt Reel

Originally Published In The August 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

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One of the first things noticed on a motorcycle, even from a distance, is the paint (and, yes, sometimes the lack of). Recently when building my newest bike I had to make the decision that can sometimes leave us with sleepless nights, what kind of paint design do I put on this thing. The bike was taking on a Retro vibe, so I wanted something to compliment that. I finally decided on a Lace design. The next question was where do I find someone who knows how to lay down this kind paint job. I went to my friend Bob Streets of Streets Collision and Customs. Bob not only laid down an amazing paint job he let me follow along with my camera so I could share it with our readers.

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When I arrived at the shop Bob had everything prepped, primed, and sealed and ready for color. O Bob takes great pride is his work and makes sure that even the places that aren’t scene have as good a paint job and the places right out in front of you. Everything got 3 coats of color with proper flash time in between.

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With everything painted and some proper dry time a template was made to lay out the shape of the lace panel.

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With the template placed pin stripping tape was used to lay out the shape of the panel.

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Now every part of the tank was masked off except for the area to be covered with lace

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The lace was laid out and pulled tight without distorting the design and then taped down.

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The black paint was then sprayed with a little bit more gun distance. This too was done with 3 coats with proper flash time.

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The masking paper was then removed and the tank was returned to the paint booth with the other parts for 3 coats of clear. Pin stripes were added later by Darren McKeag.

Cycle ReSources:

Streets Collision and Customs LLC

1952 Grafton Rd. Morgantown, WV

304-212-5436

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