Rolling Thunder part 4

It’s been a bit of a grind, this job.


First coat of red. Everything that’s not red will be black

We got the first coat of red paint on, and it was immediately apparent it was too dark. Still, having had two cans of it mixed, I put it all on. We tried again, a brighter red. Yikes! It was almost fluorescent, and didn’t get any better as it cured. Third time lucky. This time we went to a paint specialist rather than an automotive parts store to get the paint mixed. It’s still not a perfect match for the bike, but it’s a whole lot better than the other two.  The motorbike is what’s called a ‘candy colour’: silver undercoat, multiple layers of transparent red dye, a coat of gold flecked lacquer and a final coat of clear lacquer. The colour is lively, it shifts in different light, the layers of dye give it a depth and richness that can’t be achieved with a flat colour, and the gold fleck gives it the final brilliance. I’m not a spraying specialist, and I wasn’t going there… So we’ve gone with a sort of intermediate, neither the brightest nor the darkest.


Paper masking. Not very flexible…

Once the multiple layers of red paint were dry, I took the template I’d made of the curve we want for the silver swoosh on the side, applied it to the side and masked off the curve with flexible blue masking tape. Over that went wide regular masking tape and paper on one side, plastic dropsheet the other. Paper’s easier to manage but not very flexible, the plastic flaps more and is hard to peel tape off if you want to reposition. Just thought you might like to know, in the unlikely event you’re ever mad enough to take on a project like this yourself….


Red paintwork safely covered while we spray the black.

On with the black, on top, at the front, the draw-bar and up the sides as far as the masked swoosh line. Two black coats later, I’m thinking a third coat might be a good idea to make it more hard-wearing. The lid will take all the weather, and the front and draw-bar will get a lot of stone-chip action, even with the clear lacquer we’ll be adding as the final coat.

Still, after a fairly gruelling day, I can confidently say we’ll be ready in time for our holiday!

21 thoughts on “Rolling Thunder part 4

  1. Good grief. That’s a lot of work, but there’s no doubt this will be the most fancy pants trailer in the universe 🙂

  2. Having done similar things in the past I agree with you – give it a 3rd if not even a 4th coat!!! I know, I know ….. but it’s worth it in the end. Good luck 🙂

  3. tialys says:

    I’ll bet there have been moments when you’ve wished you’d left the half naked lady in place. Well, probably not.

    • katechiconi says:

      And it’s nearly done. Another lot of taping to set the top line of the silver swoosh, a couple of coats of silver, and then the lacquer and putting back the hardware.

  4. Debbierose says:

    Well done, I’m not a handy person when it comes to fixing things rtc, I’m too slap dash. Its going to look amazing when complete

  5. EllaDee says:

    I needed a lay down after just reading this… zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. dayphoto says:

    You are super talented! Painting metal is hard slow tedious work…I know, because Terry paints metal.


  7. You are one talented lady. It is going to be wonderful.

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Lots of work, but what a sense of accomplishment when you can see your job very well done!

  9. anne54 says:

    Thank you so much for telling me how to spray paint a trailer — because I know who to come to when/if I ever need it done!!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Payment in cake and conversation would be acceptable…. I’m coming down to the wire a bit on this one, but I’ve learned a great deal along the way, including recovering a lot of self-confidence that I can still do this stuff 🙂

  10. If I could, I’d marry you.

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