by Alain Panneton
I occasionally receive e-mails
from readers with questions
pertaining to certain technical
aspects of custom painting.
Some of these questions
relate to the prep work, others to the painting
process and others more precisely to the airbrush.
For a custom painting to be a success, the preparation
must be adequate, the paint well applied and
the artistic execution as high as the customer’s
expectations. In this article I shall try to answer some
of the questions mostly
asked, hoping to clear
up several points which
seem obscure or badly
by André Bobinas
Hi y’all! This one’s for
all you glitter cowboys!
Today we’re chit-chat’in about
chrome. I’ve been hearing the
words “full chrome” for years
and still today those words
give me visions of total
“bling”. However on a technical
level it’s really all about finish. Yes once you
fabricate or weld that awesome custom made part,
what do you do to stop it from corroding? You know
that ugly yellow staining that occurs through oxidation.
Note that all metals, actually all surfaces, oxidize
so you need to protect them. For “in depth” info on
the subject I bring you the world of MM Chrome and
Polish. Let’s see how it’s done and examine other
First let’s see what we can do. Well we can chrome.
Chrome is the most common way to coat alloys, steel
and yes even plastic (ABS and fiberglass)...
By Kent Sheldrake
When I was thinking of a custom
bike my vision included something
stripped down, raw and
exciting however it also had to be
built to ride. I wanted something
completely different from the Road
Glide that I normally ride. It would
be a bike that said “let’s fuck’in
go” and when you flashed the
engine people would just stare.
After months of booze fuelled late
night design discussions on the
feasibility of making my vision a
reality, it materialized into what you
I always liked the Exile type flat-black bikes but I
wanted chrome as well. I’ve never liked the now
typical “colorful” paint job on a custom so the
only paint on this bike is on the oil bucket, and
it’s pretty much black. Even the frame is powder
coated black. When it came to covering the tins
(the gas tank and fenders, etc.) we discussed the
different options we had when it...
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Gina and Bernie
Gina and Bernie have known each other since 1958 when
they were living on Esplanade Street in Montreal, Quebec.
Gina’s father, Louis Roter, started riding Harleys after a
stint in the Navy during the Second World War. He also
loved fixing up and riding old motorcycles. He purchased
a forty-five cubic inch Harley-Davidson for sixty eight
bucks from a shop called Bentleys Cycle, on Park Avenue
just below Sherbrooke beside the Armoury. He rode that
thing as much as he could, travelling the country sides
at a time when it took days to get from the inner city of
Montreal to Mont Tremblant in the Laurentians on single
lane dirt roads. His joy of motorcycle travels and tales
greatly influence his sons and daughter and of course his
future son-in-law Bernie. Because of his love of motorcycles
Bernie found himself always hanging around the
Roter family home. It was like motorcycle heaven. They
tinkered on different old bikes such as a Vincent Black
Shadow, a Matchless G50, an Ariel Square 4 and a few
Harley side valves. At sixteen years old Bernie bought a
Bridgestone and started to ride. From there he moved
up to a BSA Rocket 3 then a Harley-Davidson. Gina and
Bernie’s childhood friendship eventually lead to...