New look side covers - more dechromification

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New look side covers - more dechromification

Post by Snakeoil » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:21 pm

Well, new look for me anyway.

Never thought that the chrome sidecovers on my Tourist looked like they belonged on the bike. The bike looks to 50's/60's to have that gawdy chrome sidecover on the left side. Right one is pretty much out of view.

So, I groveled on The Black Market and Sam Allen was kind enough to give me a set of side covers. This week I painted them and today I striped them with tape. I should have used single strand at a time as the tight corner were tough. I may redo the striping after typing this. I'm just not wild about the pattern of the striping.

But, IMHO the black with white pinstripes looks more correct on my rig than the original chrome cover.

Thanks Sam!

With original chrome side cover.
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With newly painted and striped side cover.
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Thinking about painting my white battery black. That white battery case bugs me. Wish it was easier to get the battery out.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by Tomcatfixer » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:19 pm

Looks nice. Wanna get rid of those old side covers? :D
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Re: New look side covers

Post by rivers » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:25 pm

Looks good Rob! MUCH BETTER than the chrome! :thumbsup:
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Re: New look side covers

Post by Tomcatfixer » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:30 pm

Wish it was easier to get the battery out.
You can make the battery easier to remove by simply following the Tomcatfixer Four Step Process™.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by harryball » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:37 pm

Doing that on bare frame is a snap, doing it on a fully populated frame with gas tank, gas, melty bits, paint, grease, battery... is somewhat more entertaining.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by Manscout » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:40 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
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"It's just that simple"
You keep saying this word (simple). I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Re: New look side covers

Post by chaos2 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:14 pm

Snakeoil, the new sidecovers look MUCH better IMHO. Nice job painting them.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by Snakeoil » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:22 pm

Nice mod, Chad. But to Harry's point, doing that on an original paint frame is, well, not something I want to do.

I did a similar mod back when I first got the bike. The intent was purely to provide a more rigid support for the seat because as you know what Ural provided tends to bend. I looked for the old thread, but found that the pictures went way when Photophucket changed their policies. So, here's a photo of what I did. Yes, it's shiny. At the time, it matched the chrome side covers.
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Ultimately, I'd like to do something like you did and paint it black so it look like it belongs there.

And no, don't want to get rid of the original chrome side covers. I'll keep them since they belong with the rig.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by MonkeysUncle » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:45 pm

Gotta admit the black with white pinstripe fits the bike much better than the chrome. Nice work.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by jaybird » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:59 pm

Your rig looks better with the painted side covers.
I don’t know anything about the plastic paints available today but you might try wrapping the battery in black electrical tape, and it comes in a 2” width if you want less seams.
I’m not much of a shiner but if someone wanted a chrome look battery, there is a tape product that is used in the HVAC field, I believe it’s some kind of seam tape, it works nicely for giving the appearance of a chrome battery.
The last roll I purchased was from Home Depot.

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Re: New look side covers

Post by Snakeoil » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:16 pm

I actually have a roll of black plastic tape used in large generator work. It's 4 inches wide and tough as nails.

We have those home size dumpster containers that the trash company provides. Mine cracked up the side about 16 or so inches from the big hydraulic claw that picks it up and dumps it into the truck. So, I put a couple of steel patches to hold the crack together and then put that tape on the outside to stop the container from filling up with water in the rain. You cannot tell that the big claw has grabbed that container every week for the last year. I wish I had a case of this tape. Wouldn't want to pay for it though. I suspect it is not cheap. I think you could build a tank outta the stuff.

The thought crossed my mind to cover the battery with that tape. Seems a waste though. I think I have a can of satin black Krylon or Rustoleum made to spray on plastic in the stash at home. That'll do the trick.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by darkhorse » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:36 pm

Very nice improvement! You have a great eye for coming up with that change.
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Re: New look side covers

Post by 4REICH » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:24 am

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Re: New look side covers

Post by Snakeoil » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:28 am

4REICH wrote:
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Beautiful
Aw shucks... I'll bet you say that to all the Urals.

Well, I could not stand it and had to redo the stripes. I ended up cutting apart the double stripe and laying them on one at a time. I was able to follow the contour of the side cover to be more to my liking.

Here's the new and improved striping job.
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What I am finding with this Rustoleum Automotive Lacquer is it does not get very hard. Now maybe it will with time. But it has been quite a few days since I painted the cover and the paint scratches very easily. We'll see how it holds up over time.

The Duplicolor black I used in the past always got nice and hard. I've touched up a number of frames with the stuff and it holds up well.

In the past Rustoleum paints always took forever to harden up. I painted a boat trailer once and thought the paint would never get hard. It eventually did and wore like iron once hard. But who has time to treat a trailer with kid gloves waiting for the paint to harden fully?
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Re: New look side covers

Post by jaybird » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:36 pm

The choice between painting the battery and wrapping it with 4" wide HD electrical tape would be easy for me, I'd go with the tape based on durability and scratch resistance, Robs last post just reinforced it for me.
I like the new pinstriping, it looks better and more appropriate.

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