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Sadly, I am colour deficient, and useless at making decisions upon colour choices. What colour should the BSA be in your opinion? (I withold the right for my wife to veto any of your choices) :-)

Black with red upholstry
1 (12.5%)
Cream sides, green bonnet and boot with black upholstry
2 (25%)
Dogsc0#k red (sorry, apparently it is a thing so my decorator colleague says) and black
0 (0%)
British Racing Green + black upholstry
3 (37.5%)
Cream and navy upholstry
2 (25%)

Total Members Voted: 8

Author Topic: BSA 3 wheeler.  (Read 2860 times)


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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #165 on: 18 Oct 22, 10:48 pm »
am contemplating perhaps adding patina but this is early days thinking.

adding patina takes guts, when you are starting from a position where you have an immaculate paint job. I think Patina looks superb and I want mine to look tired too. But I will be going from shiny aluminium. Somehow I suppose you have to force yourself through the "distress" barrier.

Years ago I read an article on the distressing of an immaculate hot rod. The guy described crushing up cornflakes and mixing them in with paint to create a rough, crusty rust surface, which he painted around dents and holes. It must have taken guts making those holes. But the finished result was superb.

I use a similar method for putting a high-grip surface on wooden steps etc, using sharp sand in paint.
I don't want to bore you all with the details, here. But if you are interested, have a look at my blog



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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #166 on: 22 Oct 22, 07:38 am »
I’m looking forward to seeing it in person Jim.

You mentioned adding dials etc.   I’d recommend trying a local autojumble where you’ll find all sorts of trinkets to add.   There are also sets of copy cat Smiths instruments available on eBay for reasonable money, but they will look very new.

I thought this video on adding patina was quite good.  I’ve used the technique of adding paint around joints and fixtures and then wiping it off previously and it simulates accumulated dirt quite well.   Of course, it’ll develop its own patina the more you use it, which is clearly the most fun technique!