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    Posted: 28 Feb 2018 at 21:29
Hi All

I bought a 750 S3 a year ago which had done under 14K miles owned by gentleman who had it for 40 years. It had sat around for years so I decided a complete nut and bolt restoration was needed. As it is original I am intending to restore and keep in its original state. I have stripped it down to the motor and now need to get the frame and parts painted/chromed etc.

I'm thinking of painting the frame and swingarm, powder coating the rest of the black bits, rechroming and zinc plating all the other parts. I live in West London. I have narrowed down the following:

Goldburn Finishers in Surrey for the frame wet paint and powder coating
Colonnade Metal Finishers Nth London for the chrome and zinc as they can also repair the pot metal indicators

Has anyone had experience with these guys as I can't find any reviews about them? Or do you know anyone else who you have used who can do a great job.

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Howdy neighbour


I’ve not any experience of those two companies but I know a top class painter that I use if you need. I’m also on the
look out for someone to do chrome so welcome any recommendations

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Markel in Luton do quality powder coating and blasting. Have used them for 15 years so I have.

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Thanks for the replies and recommendations guys.

There appears to be a number of good powder coaters out there such as CTC in Maldon and RPA in Bristol but have my heart on wet paint and don't like the look of PC on a frame.

I had the heads taken off last year to repair some fin damage and we used these guys to also vapour blast them.

https://www.icmhome.org.uk/additionalservices

They did any excellent job and you can't tell where the repair was and the finish is superb. They use affiliated services and one of the ones they mention is Douglas Chroming. I had come across Douglas' name several times in my research. They may be worth a look. Ashford Chroming is another name that keeps coming up and they repair pot metal and I may go to them. I'll give them a call and let you know how I get on in the end.



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Hi Paul,
I've just refurbished a V7 Sport and there are some notes here:

http://www.guzziriders.org/v7-sport-refurb_topic8072.html

My twopennorth would be that if powder coating is applied correctly I don't believe you can tell the difference compared to paint.  I thought long and hard about having the frame painted, but I use RPA in Bristol and he always does a great job for me.

For vapour blasting I use Ray Dunkley of this parish (Ex Smoking Biker)

For Chrome plating I can recommend Ace Plating in Birmingham.  Good quality at a very reasonable price.

Of course geographically my recommendations aren't ideal for you!  Please post some pictures of the rebuild - it's always interesting!

Cheers,
Derek
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I would recommend Chris Tunner in Kent for paintwork, his work is awesome

http://www.ctmotorcycleservices.co.uk
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Chris did some work for me, top man, a real craftsman
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Paulsb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2018 at 17:30
Derek

The debate between PC vs wet paint is a much debated topic and what you say is also what Goldburn Finishers said. I have used PC on a Katana I restored years ago and didn't like it but that was years ago and the process has improved. Time to revisit perhaps.

Thanks for the CT link guys. I have left a message for Chris as his finishes look awesome. I have a rare day off on Monday and if we get to speak I'll make the journey down to see him.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2018 at 18:05
Guess how long it took me to work out what 'PC' was the initials for.

I knew what it was,  but couldn't think what it was called.

Despite the big clue 'PC' on the screen.

No instead my bwain kept going "computer computer computer computer computer..." Shocked





Edited by Mike H - 01 Mar 2018 at 18:10
"Chicken nuggets don't dance on a Tuesday."
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I spent about 3 minutes thinking "political correctness??" What a muppet
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Must be old age catching up with us...

Here goes trying to upload some photos of before and now....







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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2018 at 08:01
I'd have been more than happy with that beauty in the condition in which you bought it! If I restored it, I don't reckon it would look much different to what it does now. Keep us posted - lovely bike
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How did you manage to glue it all to the ceiling? LOL
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Absolutely gorgeous !  S3, best looking Guzzi - EVER !  Thumbs Up
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