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The freshly painted frame. The color is called Hardnose Blue. It is an industrial heavy wear paint from Restomotive, the same people who make POR-15 . The frame was POR-15'ed before the blue was laid down. More on POR-15 below. Before anything was done, the frame was sand blasted. The blasting media was silica sand.

Suspension arms and various small pieces that'll look good if they match the frame. Also POR-15'ed and then painted with the Hardnose Blue.

Not a lot of pictures in this folder. Painting the frame took about 5 hours and doing the other pieces took about 3. There is more paint on the frame than there is on me, so I guess I can say this worked out fine. Altogether the cost of the sand blasting and POR-15 and the blue came to not a whole lot less than it would have been for nickel plate or powder coat. "Next time" I'll send it out.

POR-15 - Rust converter & inhibitor
This stuff is supposed to be eternal if properly applied. As far as I can tell, I did it right. The bit on my hands shows no sign of ever coming off. In fact, the instructions say that if it dries on your skin, time is the only cleanser.
The process calls for 4 steps. You can learn about them at POR-15's website so I won't go into them here. In my case, since everything was freshly blasted, I was able to omit the cleaning and etching steps; this on the advice of a POR-15 guy on the phone.