6 Photos - Apr 9, 2014
Photo: Three failures for the price of one:
1) Printer paper used for masking apparently adheres to powder when it warms up and re-gels. Duh.
2) High-temperature tape apparently shrinks somewhat when heated and/or cooled. If it is looped around something(e.g., around a tube), it both shifts position and cuts into the hot, soft powder.
3) Greater care is necessary when masking off portions of a part destined to be two-tone: powder has the consistency of talc, and is very, very pervasive.Photo: After the bulk of the paper was soaked and abraded off, the lovely little plateaus in the powder remain.Photo: Close-up showing the clean line cut into the powder by the high-temp tape.Photo: Another example of high-temp tape loop shifting and cutting into the powder while it was still malleable.

(and more bad masking...see the black dusting)Photo: Hard to see, but I simply forgot to mask the points of the S&S coupler lug on the nearer frame member. The farther member shows what *should* have been masked.Photo: On the aluminum seat frame and steerer parts, I got truly horrible surface fuzzing/texture. I suspect it's due to a combination of the use of the After Blast prep solution and an oven cycle to dry and pre-heat the parts.