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    Default Question on pinstriping a model 401-402

    I've a question for this august group. I just talked to my pinstriper and he wanted to know the technique used to reproduce the striping on the 401-402's, clear mixed with gold particles or 1-Shot? I ask as there wasn't any striping on my machine when I bought it, and as I live in Hawaii, there aren't any other late 20's early 30's on my island to use as a reference.
    I've George Yarocki's original 101 photos so fender, toolbox etc. placement isn't a issue (plus I've photos of an original 4 tank). Xeroxed photos don't cut muster.
    Any direction from a knowledgeable owner/builder is gratefully acknowledged.

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    My pinstriper matched the color of the Indian 4 logo that I made for the tank as the one shot gold other standard colors clashed. I had him fine line each side of the stripe with a thin black line to match the decal. After drying, he went over it all with a pinstripe brush of clear coat. It looks very nice when finished, but I don't think I can upload them as they are quite large.

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    That's OK, I got the idea, sounds nice & fancy. 1-shot makes 2 gold colors, 109 and 109-L. My painter seems to have matched the decal with 109-L. He did a demo and we took it into the bright sunlight, very, very, very close.

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    Being happy with the results is all that counts, but I know the big manufacturers did not match striping colors to their decals. Decals were made by outside vendors, and striping paint was off the shelf as well.
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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    Yeah, I understand that matching the decal to the pinstripe color was not how it was originally done. However, the color of the original decal was so awful to me that I made a set of new ones that were 2 mils thick and used a much better gold color; they also won't tear when you put them on. Next, my painter clear coated the tank again and finally, my pinstriper matched the color to the decal at my request. My pinstriper is John Hannukaine in Olympia, WA. He does some of the finest work I've ever seen.

    Here is a picture of the finished product:

    FOUR 4 (98).jpg

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    Wow! Do motorcycles come any better looking than that? Nice ride.
    Cory Othen
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