I know it's a subjective issue but....
Doing bottoms up restoration on '50 Model 7 and wondering if authentic black would have been gloss or semi-gloss.
Gloss is pretty flashy but is it correct for the vintage years?
hello well, I did have a model 7 a long time ago and if memory serves they where in enamel Gloss black with a Chrome and Silver panelled Tank with very smart knee grips fitted and lined in red and black your early 1950 one had the oil presser gauge in the tank top, there a very nice motorcycle if their well put together there cruising speed is 55 to 60 and they sing all day at this speed, have fun yours anna j
I believe the chassis parts were stove enameled. I am not certain how much gloss it had - I am sure there are others reading this who are better informed than I may be.
When I restored my 1950 ES2 I did the chassis and appropriate tinware in high gloss Black Imron and I am still thrilled with the look.
Like you, I used coach enamel paint in my 1955 ES2 in the early 1970's and after 40 years it now needs a repaint. The coach enamel flows well and avoids brush marks.
Recently I've started using an American paint, called 1Shot and this can be bought in the UK, this gives a good finish.
Isn't this specifically for lining? I have a tin of red and one of black that I've been using for lining for 30 years and it's still good....
I've been using Paragon coach enamel on my recent rebuild and it works well although far from concours. On the recommendation of the supplier I've added about 5% of Owatrol oil which makes it flow much better especially in the cold weather.
I had my ES2 components sprayed professionally in Imron - a 2 part system - pretty costly and now largely unavailable because of environmental and health safety concerns for the people who apply it.
When done properly it is near bulletproof and still looks fantastic 8 years down the road. As a side note I am rebuilding my Commando.I had to buy a new main frame due to rust issues and the frame came with a black gloss powdercoat finish. As I had no previous experience with powdercoat I took the remaining chassis components to a powdercoat shop as I thought it best that it all be the same . I was very disappointed with the work and wound up rubbing out those pieces that I could - the rest I had to have painted which, in hindsight, I should have done in the first place.
I have used One Shot for years for brush work and it is very nice indeed- as noted above it is made for sign painters and for lining.
Thanks all for your input on a purely subjective issue.
With full engine rebuild I want to make the aesthetics match the engineering.
Now if I can find an original rear fender I will over the moon!
A recent post regarding mudguards contained a link to a company in Australia that makes excellent reproductions- yours may be among those that they offer.
Hmm, very interesting Richard.
Went back aways but didn't see that particular thread,
Would you happen to recall Subject line or any other clues in finding it.
Post is titled ES2 Rigid Mudguards - click on latest under Active forum topics - as I write this it is 27th down -link is :
If yours is 1950 I assume plunger chassis - fender is liksly same as ES2.
Aha, actually did track them down and had a brief back and forth with them.
They have nothing for plunger Model 7 particulary as mud guards have distinctive central ridge making fabrication a significant challenge they are not up to.
Things moving along swifly and it seems the fellow at Vintage Steel is keen to add early M7 mudguards to his inventory.
They have been offered a pair of originals as a template so hoping to be able to purchase authentic originals in all their glorious detail.
Great news ! Please keep us updated.