Thursday, September 13, 2012

1964 Raleigh Sports Restoration / Preping the Dented Mud guards and Chain Guard for Paint

Hello and Welcome, The 1964 Raleigh "Sports" has presented a few new challenges for me. The chain guard and mud guards (fenders) are in pretty rough shape. They are going to need some attention before priming and painting. I have absolutely no real experience with "bump and paint" work so this should be really interesting and challenging.
Above: My first thought was to try to locate a replacement chain guard. But being a 1964 I would imagine that if anyone has one in pristine condition they would want a pretty Penney for it. (a lot of money) So being the cheap SOB that I am, I decided I should make an honest effort to refurbish it first. First step is to remove all the paint and get a look at what I have to work with.
Above: Here I have removed the paint using 220 grit automotive grade wet sanding paper and the fine brass wheel brush (safety glasses) on the high speed drill. Then to straighten the bottom lip I placed the wavy part of the lip on the inner edge of the outer jaw on my bench vise . Then I gently tapped it straight using a ball peen hammer. To smooth out the flat part or face of the guard I slipped a scrap piece of 1x6 rough sawed cedar with the smooth side facing up in between the front and back of the guard. This gave me a hard smooth surface under the metal to help me hammer out the high spots. Fortunately I have a auto body hammer that is designed specifically for this type of work.
Above: On the left my ball pein hammer. On the right is the metal working hammer. I found the bump and paint hammer at a Thrift Shop or Garage Sale. At the time I had no idea what it was for. But it looked like it could be useful, so I bought it for a couple bucks. You can see the over sized striking surface on the metal work hammer. This works really well for flattening out the high spots. The opposite end worked well for tapping out small dings from the underside of the fenders. It was still necessary to use glazing/spot putty on these small dents and dings. However much less filler is used after raising the dent from the underside.
Above: If you blow this picture up you can see the creases and the small dents that I was not able to completely remove with the hammer. So I will need to use some filler, commonly referred to as Bondo (actually a brand name)
Above: This is the Micro Lite Body Filler I purchased from (NAPA) Highland Auto Supply. The large can contains the filler and the small tube is the hardener. I also picked up some plastic filler spreaders while I was there. If I had to guess I would say the mix is about 95 to 98 percent filler and about 2 to 5 percent hardener.
Above: My first attempt at spreading out a thin layer of filler on the chain guard face. My thinking was, if I use very little hardener I will have more time to spread the filler. The only problem with this plan was, 5 or 6 hours latter it had not even begun to set up. Normal set up time is about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the weather conditions. So that evening I removed all the filler from the guard and decided to call it a day. Notice the color of the Filler is white (not enough hardener)
Above: This is my second attempt after I wet sanded it smooth with 220 grit and 440 grit. You might NOTICE the filler now has a little color to it, that is the hardener. I probably should have touched it up first, but I decided to go ahead and spray the primer when it was dry.
Above: As Jeff had suggested on the Face Book Page, The primer really highlighted the bad spots. See what your missing if you are not visiting the blogs face book page. Lots of good information being exchanged there. So now I will wet sand the bad spots and do some touch up.
Above: After wet sanding the bad spots I have applied some glazing/spot putty. Here it is out side drying. It will be about 20 minutes before I can wet sand it again. Then I will let it dry another 10 minutes (after wiping it dry with a paper towel) before re spraying the primer.
Above: I intended to purchase the 3M spot putty. But our local Napa "Highland Auto Supply" carries the "Bondo" brand. I asked if this Bondo is basically the same thing? And they assured it is. And it seemed to work just fine. UPDATE: If you look at the bottom right corner of the tube you will see a very small 3M logo. So it appears that I had purchased the 3M without knowing it.

Above: Here I have finished wet sanding the spot putty and am ready to re-spray with Rust-Oleum 7578838 flat black primer when it is dry. For this wet sanding I used the 220 grit wet sand paper but only to smooth out the rough spots. Then I went to the 440 grit wet sandpaper and finished it off with the 600 grit wet sandpaper. (approximately) Now it is ready for what I hope is the last coat of primer.
Above: Not too bad considering this was my first time ever using body filler. Thanks to Jeff and Terry for all the great instruction. It was extremely helpful!!
Above: I ran into my friend Don this morning at the coffee shop. Actually I was hoping he would be there so I could pick his brain a bit. Don I believe ran a plant for GM and has restored several cars over the years. I told him that the fenders I would be working on had many very small dings and dents. And would it be ok to just use the 3M putty on the small dings and dents. He said if I use thin coats and make sure it dries before adding the next coat it should be ok. In fact he told me before the micro lite fillers came out they did it that way all the time. Because it was lighter than the Bondo that was available at that time. Sometimes it`s not what you know, but who you know :) that matters.
Above: I did use some extra filler to fill a larger dent in the lower back of the rear fender. But almost everything else is small and the spot putty should work fine. I should mention that I sanded the little dents with a gritter sand paper (appropriately 100 grit) before using the spot putty. And of course you want to wipe off any dust before using the putty or filler.
Above: After the first coat was good and dry,I went over all the bad spots again. At this point the weather has cooled a bit so I will let it cure over night. I will pick this up where I left off tomorrow.
Above: After the third application, I have sanded down the "spot putty again". I will go over it quickly with 600 grit wet sand paper and wipe it clean before spraying the primer. I will probably have to do one more touch up with the putty after the primer is dry.
Above: The fenders are looking really good. There are still a few spots that I will need to re-sand and use the spot putty on. But at least I am finally starting to see the end result. I could probably just paint them "as they are now". But why stop now when I am so close?
Above: I have finally painted something! Here I have the fork clamped into my PCS 9 Park Tool Work Stand (by the steerer tube) baking in the sun. Here is a Quiz: If a tiny insect lands on your piece while it is drying and gets stuck, what do you do? Answer: Absolutely Nothing! I guarantee, you will do more damage to the paint trying to remove the little bugger than it could ever do. Just leave it alone. And when you wipe it down 72 hrs or so latter, you probably will never be able to tell where it was.
Above: Here I am checking the chain guard decals for fit. After looking at some other Raleigh Sports using Google image search, I know now I need to move them a few inches or so to the rear. But the guard has not been painted yet, so it will have to wait. I just wanted to get an idea of how they will look.
Above: Here is the entire set of Raleigh Sports decals I purchased from Cyclomondo. These are for a more modern model 1970's perhaps. But they will do fine. I was unable to locate a set for a mid 1960,s Raleigh Sports. However if I do ever sell the bike, I will inform the new owner for sure.
Above: Just before sunset I moved the fork back into the shop/garage. The paint felt dry to the touch. So I carefully removed the 3M Scotch Blue painters tape from the thimble like fork detail. The white you are seeing is not primer that was not painted over. It is glare, the primer coat(s) are flat black.
Above: The Brooks Flyer saddle arrived earlier in the week. While some of my face book friends seemed concerned about it, I actually like the black springs and rails. It really gives it that "really old school" look. Before chrome there was Black and Red pin striping or paint detail. I am reminded of something I heard back in my motorcycle days from an old biker. When discussing the latest piece of chrome bling I had just put on my old Iron-head, He simply said... "Chrome won`t get you home". Obviously he knew what a p.o.s. that old AMF Iron-head was...LTMS
Above: I found these handlebar grips that look more like cheap "Old Schwinn" knock offs rather than something that you would use on a vintage Raleigh. I will probably go with cork grips and maybe an old style brass stem mounted bell.
Above: Something like this is what I have in mind. And maybe a small retro looking tool bag. Canvas and leather might be cool. Well that brings us up to date on the 1964 Raleigh Sports restoration. Until Next Time, Please RIDE SAFELY and Remember to Always.......RESCUE, RESTORE & RECYCLE. Cheers, Hugh P.S. Did you know Jim Thorpe was one of the pirates in Captain Blood? (uncredited)
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  1. Apparently, it is possible to replicate original decals at home. I have not tried it yet. You buy inkjet decal paper and then spray a clear acrylic over the printed image to make it all stable.

    1. Hey Steve,
      That sounds interesting. We just got a new
      Brother MFC-J40w print, copy, scan, fax machine. I think it makes toast too! I should look into doing some custom decals for myself. I`ll talk to my son about it when I get a chance. Thanks

  2. Looking good Hugh, those gold decals on the black paint ought to really pop! Origin8 makes a nice leather saddle bag although for not a lot more you can get a classic Carridice bag directly from the UK$55 USD)

    Anyway looking forward to seeing your finished product. I have a Raleigh 3 speed way back in the queue and this is inspiring.

    1. Thanks Ryan,
      I`ll check out both of those bags tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions. I just ordered head badge rivets from the UK today :) I think all I am lacking now is the chain and the bag. Oh, I just ordered a "chrome" replica frame pump for it tonight as well.
      Now if the bearings ever show up I can start putting it back together. I think I`ll have to keep this one. I don`t think I could get my money back if I sold it. That means my fixed gear bikes will have to go. I can`t afford to hang onto all of them. But the Sports and my old "Rock Hopper FS" should meet all my bicycle needs nicely. Hey about that 3 speed, Go For it! I will look forward to seeing it.
      Hey and Thanks for answering Laura's question. Laura and Brian are my two best and favorite customers. Cheers

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    1. Thanks Dan,
      I was looking at your Raleigh yesterday. It is one awesome bike. The more I look at it, the more cool stuff I notice. The front brake is beyond cool. And the front hub is also a very nice touch. And the saddle is perfection. Never sell it, You will never forgive yourself if you do.

  4. Looks good. I will be going through My Raleigh DL-1 soon great post.


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