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Offline Steve Reed

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WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« on: November 08, 2023, 08:32:51 PM »
What is the average cost to restore a Bridgestone motorcycle today.
We have seen the chrome plating pricing what about powder coating.
Let me know.
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Steve.

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Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2023, 08:05:56 AM »
Whats the average cost of powder coating .
Let me know.
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Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2023, 12:32:05 PM »
On my 350 GTR, gloss black on the frame, swingarm, rear footpeg brackets, tail light bracket, seat pan and bracket, center stand, switch bracket, and lower triple tree, is about $480.00. Semi-gloss black on the instrument brackets, $20.00. Non-metallic silver on the lower forks and engine side cases, $160.00. The powder coater I use is very motorcycle oriented (restores vintage two-stroke dirt bikes for himself), so he knows what to mask, and to question anything that looks suspicious after stripping. Unlike chrome platers, powder coaters most often do not do any detail work. So grinding off weld splatter, removing casting ridges, etc. is left to the customer to prepare in advance.
Back to the chrome plating, the usual copper/nickel/chrome procedure does not apply to the exhaust system (assuming you intend to start the engine). The initial copper plating process is not performed, as it won't tolerate the heat. Make sure your plater understands that.
There are a few other parts that are usually zinc plated. The coil brackets, axle spacers, sidestand, steering damper components. horn bracket, points cover, rear sprocket, and a few other things that I've probably missed, are usually processed by industrial platers, they charge by the pound, and do no detailing. So, it's up to you again to take care of that. A minimum charge of $10.00 is typical.
The black plastic knobs (damper, side covers) should clean up nicely. Wash them in detergent, sand with 1000 grit sandpaper and soapy water. Dry thorougly, apply black paste shoe polish, then buff. 
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Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2023, 07:18:13 AM »
cknight.
Great information and advice.
Thanks Steve.

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Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2023, 10:54:39 PM »
I guess it depends on what you're starting with. If you have something complete and in decent shape, it should be just a matter of cleaning stuff up and reassembling. The Mark II SS I finished this summer was thrashed off road, had about 20 lbs of grease/dirt gunk on it, and the motor was rebuilt by someone who thought a claw hammer was a precision instrument.

You don't wanna know what that one cost to make that one show-worthy... :-\

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Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST TO RESTORE A BRIDGESTONE.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2023, 02:29:11 AM »
My 200 was used as a dirt/mud bike for who knows how long before coming to Australia. The rear sprocket was worn round.  Usually bikes imported must undergo a full clean before being accepted.  The outside was pretty good, but they forgot to clean out the mud in the crankcases and carbs.  At least the gearbox had oil in it.
Mike

 


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