Stripper

Removing paint has without a doubt been the worst and most time consuming part of the Suzuki Bandit build. 

Have you ever tried removing an old sticker from something, i don't know your car window? It's super annoying, and there's not a lot of good alternatives to getting it off besides time and labor. 

meh

meh

Stripping paint is like that only more stubborn. My friend's garage has a small blast cabinet that can fit objects about the size of a basketball, anything larger is left to the lovely fumes of aircraft stripper and elbow grease. 

Two objects have taken most of my time from me, the frame and the engine. The frame could have been really easy, if I wasn't a cheap ass. $200 bucks would have solved that problem and I would have received a lovely blasted silver frame with zero effort. The engine is a different story. 

halfway point

halfway point

I have no need to disassemble my engine, and thus no way of sand blasting its individual pieces. The result is wire wheel, dremel, brushes and sandpaper. The thing with engines is they have two-hundred thousand cracks, seals and crevasses which have made the process really really exhausting and boring. 

With all that said now that I'm nearing the end of this process, I feel like I have a closer connection to the engine and frame. I know them well and have physically altered every inch of them. It's an odd trend that I'm learning about this process, it humanizes and brings me closer to the machine in a way that I really enjoy. I couldn't wait for these to be done and over with, now I'm going to have a hard time painting over all my hard work and I've learned a valuable lesson...pay somebody else $200 dollars to strip your damn frame.