Triumph paintwork & stuff

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by CT, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. CT

    CT Guest

    Finally got the Sprint ST out at the weekend to turn its wheels in
    anger. Got up to a nice *eeeek!* mph along the Drift Road[1].

    1. it handles better with 36psi in the front rather than the 17psi with
    which it started out.
    2. my helmet really starts to lift off at about 80. I quick call into
    HG in Slough saw me finally order that new Arai I've been on
    3. the paintwork on the tank is going a bit awry.

    At the front of the tank, near the 'dents' where the bars go when on
    full lock, the paint and/or clear lacquer seems to be "crazed" quite
    badly. I noticed this when pushing the bike back into the garage.

    Has anyone else had seen anything similar, on a Triumph or anything
    else for that matter? What would cause it? Can Beav fix it if I find
    that it gets worse or if I get overly bothered by it?

    It's only two years and about 5800 miles old so I wouldn't have
    expected anything like this.

    [2] A Chaser. They only had a few of the correct size on stock and
    none of any of the colours I liked.
    [3] I also tried on AGV, Nolan, Shoei, Schuberth and something else I
    unremember. None of them fitted me as well as the Arais.
    CT, Apr 6, 2009
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    davethedave Guest

    Warranty claim??
    davethedave, Apr 6, 2009
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  3. CT

    CT Guest

    Possibly (I think I've got about three weeks warranty left) but
    naturally I thought I'd ask ukrm before going anywhere near a Triumph
    CT, Apr 6, 2009
  4. CT

    CT Guest

    The very same, although in a totally different area. Only the top was
    done after the sticker/hairdryer incident. Surely, it shouldn't have
    any effect, should it?
    CT, Apr 6, 2009
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    It might not, but that's your warranty claim fucked (assuming you didn't
    have it done at the dealership).
    Timo Geusch, Apr 6, 2009
  6. CT

    CT Guest

    No, it was the ChipsAway man wot did it. I thought that they would
    just repair the small "hole" in the paintwork, but did the whole of top
    of the tank. On a nearly new bike I wanted it looking good so went for

    TBH, I wasn't really thinking about a claim until dtd mentioned it, so
    no great shakes.

    Be interesting to know why it's happened though. Anyone on the TOG
    Tour can have a look and give a professional opinion[1] on it if they
    so desire!

    [1] As in, eight Leffes in and a "It's fucked; give you 10 Euros for
    CT, Apr 7, 2009
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Errr, ChipsAway is not necessarily the best way to repair stuff like
    I might be able to offer slightly more useful advice :).
    Timo Geusch, Apr 7, 2009
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    Beav Guest

    It used to be common with cellulose paints and lacquers, not so much these
    days though with 2 pk paints. It can be fixed, but it entails removing
    what's cracked first, then repainting and re-lacquering..
    No, neither would I at that age. Your petrol flap hasn't been left partially
    open has it? Fumes can **** up anything if they're left for long enough.


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  9. CT

    Beav Guest

    Ooh, I didn't know that. Puts an entirely different light on things does
    Many a dickhead's tried it and many more have failed than have succeeded.
    And a few quid too now.


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  10. CT

    Beav Guest

    What paint did the painter use. What lacquer? Single pack or 2 pk? Cellulose
    or Isocyante. Water based paint or acrylic?

    What was his prep like, did he prep the parts that weren't painted but which
    were lacquered? Did he lacquer ALL the tank or just part of it?

    All make a difference.


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  11. CT

    Beav Guest

    ****, Just one tihng to say to that... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I
    wouldn't even let those blokes LOOK at a job, let alone let them DO one.
    Their job is to do very minor repairs (stone chips, hence "Chips away") but
    anything esle and it's out of their cmfort zone.


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  12. CT

    CT Guest

    Beav wrote:

    Ah, I was hoping you'd be along. :eek:)
    Originally, all I wanted and what I thought ChipsAway would do would be
    to just repair the "chip" as that is what it was in essence, but the
    bloke recommended doing a more substantial area that entailed most of
    the top of the tank, but he didn't want to go anywhere near the Triumph

    So I guess that episode has to be put down to (in)experience, and if
    that has ultimately caused the crazing that has now occurred then so be

    As I said, if I get overly bothered by it or at some point when I
    decide to sell I think it might be an issue then I'll get the whole
    tank done (or maybe just look out for a new silver tank on ebay!).
    CT, Apr 8, 2009
  13. You're probably right in general but we've had chipsaway do a couple of
    jobs on our cars and had nothing but good service. Chips and scrapes on
    a back bumper - resprayed the whole top of the bumper (Polo) in silver,
    good job and great paint match. Ka A-post rust at the bottom corner,
    bodge job to last just long enough to get it through Autotrader but
    again, good finish and good colour match, wouldn't have lasted tho.

    I don't know how they make any money, the Polo bumper took 3/4 of a day
    and he charged 90 quid.

    Mate has a company car and dinged one of the doors, it wasn't chipsaway
    but a similar service came out and actually resprayed the whole door
    outside in his drive. Not sure how it didn't have loads of crap in it
    but it looked fine.

    Remember I'm an ex-sprayer so I can see bumps, ripples, orange peel and
    dodgy colour matches a mile off. I still automatically check shutlines
    when I'm bored on long journeys trying to spot badly repaired cars.
    mike. buckley, Apr 8, 2009
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    Beav Guest

    They'll charge some others 90 quid to "remove" a single chip and do a local
    repair with an airbrush.
    It probably did, but they'd whip over the job with a screamer and rip the
    shit out of the paint.
    You and my lad would get on well:)


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    Beav, Apr 8, 2009
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