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i think im gona drop the motor and paint her this week i got my lights fixed got my brake and clutch handles modified now to the motor and frame i hope it all goes smoothly any suggestions just message me or comment thnx and have a very merrry christmas
 

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If your exhaust is ok as is (maybe the H box needs painting) but is ok otherwise simply take it off all in one piece...it's a bitch to separate. Then you can clean it all up as well like I did then paint the H box if you want to be thorough it's easy. I just painted the engine 2 days ago.....the hardest part was the prep of course....got into all the nooks and crannies with a nylon brush to make sure it was all nice and clean.....loosened up the valve covers to get the tape up underneath them so as to be sure no over-spray got where I didn't want it.
 

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Speaking of painting an engine, I'm going to have my engine out in the near future for a stator replacement and since working on this bike seems to be the best therapy I can find and afford and not being in any particular rush to slam it all back together, I've been considering giving the engine some cosmetic attention with a paint job.



Are there any links here as to prepping, recommended products, or any other tips?



Thanks once again to all who continue to advise me. You guys have given me the confidence to tackle anything on this bike and, hey, sometimes that confidence can transcend to issues outside of my garage.....mucho gracias....gweric
 

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i think im gona drop the motor and paint her this week i got my lights fixed got my brake and clutch handles modified now to the motor and frame i hope it all goes smoothly any suggestions just message me or comment thnx and have a very merrry christmas


Merry Christmas, lets see some pic when your done ,,,
 

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Hey rickbert



What kind of material gaskets the pipe into the H box? I know there are copper gaskets from the pipes to the block right?
 

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Hey rickbert



What kind of material gaskets the pipe into the H box? I know there are copper gaskets from the pipes to the block right?


They're made out of a soft metal-asbestos mix and hard to find at times. Almost impossible to separate so I'd try to drop the exhaust all in one piece.



Oh - and the engine is clearcoated on top of paint. While it can be all stripped off there it's a pain and I haven't a clue if painting straight over it will work but should if you use a good paint such as the Duplicolor brand. Just be sure to allow several days of drying before you put it back in.
 

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Not sure if the fact that it was originally "clear coated" makes a difference or not really....isn't "clear coat" really just another coat of paint that happens to be clear instead of colored ??



Anyway unless you have a lot deep scratches and scrapes in the paint then you should be able to just get by by cleaning the engine REAL GOOD before you paint it.....no real need for sanding.



I just did mine a week ago....looks fine. What I've done to help "ensure" good adhesion is to let the engine sit in our warm living room for a week to let the paint cure instead of bringing it outside to the garage and cold immediately.



I used the "Dupont" brand.
 

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I've been using Duplicolor for the etch primer and final primer/sealer, it will all be DuPont Nason 2K stuff from there.
 

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They're made out of a soft metal-asbestos mix and hard to find at times. Almost impossible to separate so I'd try to drop the exhaust all in one piece.
The gaskets are readily available from Honda. If you take the exhaust apart and coat everything with anti-seize you will never have the problem again and you won't have to drop the whole exhaust anytime you need to take any one piece off to work on something on the bike.
 

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For you guys painting your engines, prep prep prep, that's the secret. That means, clean the dirt and oil from every nook and cranny like your life depends on it. It never hurts to give your paint a "tooth" to grip onto. That means a once over with scotchbrite or fine sandpaper won't hurt. Tape everything off that you don't want painted. Tape tape tape.



Besides the motor, painting the H-box makes a big improvement in looks.



Are you fellows going for a factory silver? A few members on this forum have had the courage to go with a different engine color and I think the results were really fantastic. Sadly, I don't have such "color" courage and thus, ride vicariously through those few, courageous chaps.
 
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