Dad’s retirement KO CT70

rfranks

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So now it’s time to restore the speedo. It’s been a long time since resetting one of these. I figured I’d just restore six of them all at once and I forgot how long it takes to remove the bezel the right way… ugh! I have 4 ko’s and 2 hko’s that need done. Does anyone suggest an correct white paint for the face plate and a different white paint for the needle. Pics would be ideal also. I plan to remove the red high beam lens. I have replacements from CHP however after looking at them the pattern is different than Honda’s. I think I am going to try and buff and polish them back to life. The bezels are going to an automotive trim restoration specialist just north of Detroit to have the dings, dents, and scratches removed and polished to a high sheen. I have new graphics also. More to follow.
 

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rfranks

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Here’s the spray outs for my dads bike. Candy sapphire blue from VMR. White primer, silver base, tinted blue topcoat, and then clear. I think somewhere in between the lower color and the middle color on the panel? 2-3 coats of Candy. Open to thoughts and comments.
 

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Gary

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With out comparing that sample panel by holding it up to an actual bike it would be hard to make a guess. Looking at samples on a computer screen isn't the same IMHO. At first look I liked the upper most panel the best.
 

rfranks

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With out comparing that sample panel by holding it up to an actual bike it would be hard to make a guess. Looking at samples on a computer screen isn't the same IMHO. At first look I liked the upper most panel the best.


They are all the same panel. I held them at different angels and directions to catch the sun differently.
 

Gary

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I realize that. What I'm saying is without a "control" ie an original sapphire blue bike with your painted panel next to it to pick a best match is meaningless. My monitors color may be different than yours or anyone else's. But if you had them together even if the color is off you could still tell which one is closer. You would be the best judge of match with bike and panel in hand. Even just taking a picture of the original bike in different light the color can look vastly different
 

rfranks

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Disassembled the speedometer. Took everything apart, had the bezel metal finished and polished. I stripped the face plate and the gauge plate. Then repainted and reassembled.
 

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rfranks

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Polishing moving along nicely.
 

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rfranks

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Wheels are all finished.
 

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