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Thread: What's the best way for shooting paint on a hinge fender?

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    Default What's the best way for shooting paint on a hinge fender?

    I'm ready to paint my 1945 UL and reassemble.
    Luckily this is the last and worse year of the war year shortages so I have found that there was only one color offered that year and it was grey. Not real exciting but pretty easy to locate.
    My question is what is the best way to hang and shoot the rear fender. When I was more into not so stock, but easy to care for bikes I would take the hinge off chrome it and paint the fender body and gate separately. But I cant do this with a totally stock bike. And since I will be absolutely sure the fender will be opened and closed every so often, what is the best way to have a nice paint job and not have a hinge that pops the paint off first time I open it up. Thanks in advance. I really want to be able to tell painter what to do in case he hasn't done a hinge fender, and I want to do it correctly.

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    If you want the best remove the pin and paint seperately.

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    Last time I did this the pin lined up with the fender, I dont mean to sound ignorant but is there a trick to it like open hinge half way or put pin in from bottom? I want to make sure I can do this before it gets painted.

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    I made a jig to hold the fender just open enough to cover the lap. I was told that factory paint was thin. I expect some wear from vibration and use. I would rather that than welding the hinge closed like some do.

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    The fenders were painted closed with the nuts and bolts in place. Why in the world would you put a chromed hinge on a restoration?
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    Powder coat is your only answer.

    Never did I see the word "Restoration" in his post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by len dowe View Post
    Powder coat is your only answer...
    Gasp!

    May the judges have mercy upon thee, Len!

    My pro painters masked the hinge off until the last coats. Seemed to work well.
    (Even Hi-Fi Red!)

    I hate paint.

    ....Cotten
    PS: And powdercoat sometimes...
    Last edited by T. Cotten; 04-10-2019 at 07:03 PM.
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    Thanks for posting such a cool factory picture.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    Why in the world would you put a chromed hinge on a restoration?
    That would be a good question to ask someone who actually has done that. Sidehacker says he doesn't want to chrome it, he's just looking for advice on the best way to paint with a hinge.
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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    In this day and age, there is no reason to open it to start with. Are ya really going to strip the wheel off and break the bead on the side of the interstate with crazy people doing 90 plus past you? If you do, your a better man than I will ever be. I call the man with my handy cell phone and I go home with clean hands and my balls intact. Bob L
    Last edited by Robert Luland; 04-10-2019 at 07:59 PM.

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