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The evolution of a Swan Honda (Polini) - BikeWise Mini Bike Club

BikeWise Mini Bike Club member Paul Henshaw and his dad Mick have been busy turning a red coloured Polini 910 into a Swan Honda replica. This is how they did it :"Before painting starts, the original Polini bodywork needs to be prepared by removing all stickers and rubbing down the original paintwork. Parts are then primed using a good quality primer. A poor start will only result in a poor finish. After the primer has cured, the parts are then given a white base coat (picture 1). "Before painting starts, the original Polini bodywork needs to be prepared by removing all stickers and rubbing down the original paintwork. Parts are then primed using a good quality primer. A poor start will only result in a poor finish. After the primer has cured, the parts are then given a white base coat (picture 1). The main base colour of this particular paint scheme is yellow, so after the white base coat has dried, it is rubbed down and given three coats of yellow. Then we begin with the graphics (picture 2) starting at the top or bottom, leaving the middle to last (pictures 3 and 4).When the parts are dry enough to handle, we then mask off the middle colour (pictures 5 and 6).After allowing the graphics to dry, any lettering and pinstriping are then airbrushed on. The parts are then checked making sure everything lines up and is correct before lacquering (picture 7).All of the paintwork is protected with a good 3 to 4 coats of good quality 2K lacquer (pictures 8-11).2K lacquer only needs 24 hours to dry before handling, so the bike can be reassembled the next day. All paints used on this bike are from House of Kolor, which all carry health warnings.Pictures 12 and 13 show bike before and after."