Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the frame

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Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the frame

Postby scottsKmodel » Sat May 03, 2014 4:37 pm

What is the shade of black on the frame and swingarm and the fenders and gas tank thanks
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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby hennesse » Sun May 04, 2014 9:57 am

John Pierce at ColorWrite http://hdpaint.tk is probably the best source of paint - and information about paint.

The 1952 Season Order Blank in Harley's book The Legend Begins shows the standard colors for fenders and gas tank on the K as: [Brilliant] Black, Persian Red, and Rio Blue. Extra cost option was Bronco Bronze Metallic.

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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby scottsKmodel » Sun May 04, 2014 11:23 am

Ok thanks
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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby EKHKHK56 » Wed May 14, 2014 9:58 pm

That is a good question. Perhaps one of the more advanced restorers could help on that, like Scott Lange. Frames appear to be glossy in most photos of restorations, but I don`t have any original paint frames. In my K parts I have a lot of chassis parts that are glossy black but some, like the footrest brackets, are semi-gloss black for early K. Later ones, (for XLs?) are cad-plated, but not sure what year. Any help on this subject would be great! Erik
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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby Jim Garrett » Fri May 23, 2014 10:13 am

The frame and swing arm on my original paint 1954 KH is gloss black. Don't know what would be on a 1952, but guess it would be the same. jim
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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby MTaylor » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:41 pm

I don't know about the earlier frames, but I've been told by several very knowledgeable persons that the paint on early Sportsters is an 85% gloss.
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Re: Restoring a 1952 K model what shade of black is the fram

Postby John R » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:10 am

Apart from gloss, what often looks wrong on restorations is too much paint with perfect finish. Almost all parts for paint were Parkerized and then glossed straight over, once, in a hurry! Factory paint was thin revealing all blemishes in the metal but it was durable thanks to the Parkerizing. That's why if you look at rub points you see no primer, just the black of the phosphating process. One merit of thin paint is that it doesn't chip easily.

The factory paint was durable. I've just reluctantly repainted the frame of my '53 KK which is used in all weathers and after 60 years had got beyond shabby. I used semi-gloss 2-pack which has good resistance to ethanol fuels.
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