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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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i've been at it all day. first spray this morning went all wrong when i took the lid off the paint. i knocked the nozzle off and when i put it back on it sprayed a thick liquid rather than a fine mist and dripped all over my hand and the drive. so i had to abandon that. wait for the drippy mess to dry before sanding, cleaning, drying, going out for more paint and bucket and stiff broom to clean the communal drive. bad start.

next can worked better although again the finish wasn't as smooth as i'd have liked. think it's just this plasticote paint tho. i don't mind the slightly dimpled finish. i've finally covered the bare bits and got a good even coverage. waited a couple of hours and then did a final fine spray. annoyingly as the can started to run out it "spat" a bit and i had to do some emergency dabbing and re-spraying.

left it several hours while i fixed punctures, fitted new tyres and spend a good couple of hours on the brake and bartape.

then three seperate coats of clearcoat with 20 mins between the first two and and an hour or so etween the last two. again, not brilliant but acceptable i'd say.

now i've just got to be patient before i start the rebuild. i'd like to do it NOW but common sense says wait till tomorrow night.

this really has taken far more time effort and money than i thought it would.

hey ho - beats going to work.

10th Sep 2008, 19:43  

you left the headset cups in! they need to be chrome too you know!

10th Sep 2008, 20:22

dookerdoo says:

ha. yeah. how do you get them off? i just masked them.

10th Sep 2008, 23:21

they're just an "interference" fit, ie they're just wedged in - just get a screwdriver or something in there and hammer them out. They can be a git to replace though, you're supposed to use a headset press which is an expensive bit of kit you'll probably never use again.

11th Sep 2008, 00:11

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