ok, so i'm finally getting around to stripping the paint from my BSA motor. i don't want to disassemble the motor so i was wondering whats the best (and cheapest) way to go about this
when i bought the bike the idiot that built it went nuts with the black spray paint and i don't want the engine to over heat( if you look at the pictures in my profile you'll see what i mean)Why are you stripping it? Is the paint flaking? Stripping is a messy and not needed unless the paint is bad. If you need stripper to remove it, I'd say it sticking pretty good. I paint and most painters i know stay away from stripping. Sand, sand and then sand if you want a proper finish. I seriously doubt your paint is going to adhere better than the factories(mine does'nt) ETCHING-PRIMER is your first step when coating bare metals. You need this and its available at your paint store. Good luck!
then engine wont overheat from being painted black,when i bought the bike the idiot that built it went nuts with the black spray paint and i don't want the engine to over heat( if you look at the pictures in my profile you'll see what i mean)
yeah thats finei know the jugs are supposed to be black but my whole engine is black
the bike isn't running yet (its a project) and i liked it at first but i'm starting to dislike it and thought i'd change it to give it a different lookyeah thats fine
my shovel that I have right now is all black (engine cases and jugs, and trans case) everything black except for the heads and rocker boxes
there is nothing wrong with running an engine that is black
does the bike run right now ?
if so do you have any heating issues ?
if your getting heating issues it might be something else with the motor possibly timing is off or something to that effect
I personally like a set of black motor cases (thats just my taste)
but if your looking to get something together to put some miles on save yourself a lot of work and leave the black alone, maybe give it a light sanding if its on there sloppy but I wouldnt bother stripping it down to bare metal unless you plan on taking the cases apart
I was thinking he could use trash bags or some plastic to mask off areas that he wants to leave alone. Hit it with some stripper let it sit and pressure wash it. Would bet 99% would come right off. Just take your time and do a good job. If it's worth doing it's worth doing right.With the chemical stripper, it's easy to get large flat surfaces, it's the finned, nooks and crannies that cause the grief, but even that is not really all that hard. It's prolly just spary paint anyway, and that stuff jumps right off. I've used the aircraft stripper on frames, heads, cases, etc, and it works really well, especially for restorations where you don't want to alter the finish. Blasting definitely changes the consistency of the castings.