R1200s timing cover repaint

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R1200s timing cover repaint

Postby Sandy » Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:00 pm

The paint on the timing cover of my recently purchased R1200s ('08, 21k miles) was in a very poor condition, as you can see in the first photo it was literally falling off in large chunks. To improve access I removed the exhaust pipes and put the bike on a workshop stand. Underneath the flaky paint was a chalky deposit that needed rubbing down to metal prior to painting. I found a circular wire brush on a Dremel useful for this, I got through 3 of these brushes doing this job alone - they seem to spontaneously disintegrate after 5 minutes of use! After masking off all the bits not to be painted I put on 3 coats of acid-etch primer then 3 of satin finish PJ1 black engine paint. While off the bike the exhaust pipe got a polish so I think you will agree it all looks a lot better now.

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Postby big rob » Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:05 pm

Top job Sandy :D

Have you sent the pics to BMW so they can see/learn how the job should be done properly? :wink:

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Postby f90x » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:43 pm

Nice job. I plan to do mine over the winter.
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Postby dave the german » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:55 pm

looks good!
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Postby Phil Thomas » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:16 am

Brilliant! How did you get the pipes so good.
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Postby Sandy » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:09 am

thanks for your comments, I polished the pipes using a kit I bought on Amazon, which consists of a sisal mop you put on an electric drill, along with some supplied polishing compound, work it on the pipe, then finished off with metal polish like Autosol

something like this ....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PRO-MAX-15pc-Al ... ishing+kit

Also regarding preparation for painting, I detached the oil pipe that runs to the oil cooler, and prior to that drained the oil

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Postby Phil Thomas » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:00 am

Amazing....plus a lot of patience as well, I guess
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Postby Grip Fast » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:09 pm

Very nice job, Sandy.

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Postby beachcomber » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:59 am

very nice job - looks the biz. :lol:

As we have several covers to refurb, I've taken the easy way out and had them blasted back to raw alloy ].

Then they'll be coated in a special textured paint [ Black / Red ] we use on the Jag C Type replicas - mainly the dashboards / valve covers.

Not nearly so satisfying as a DIY job, but the results are totally first class - not to mention hassle free !

Imagine the valve / cam covers of a Porsche Ferrari - that's the kind of finish.

I'm also going to try out the same process [ soda blast first ] on an engine / powertrain unit [ satin Black ] to see what it looks like. 8)
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Postby 3narf » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:27 am

Smart.

I was wondering what to protect the cover and cases with; I'm going to be doing a lot of motorway miles, including the winter.

What's the best gloopy coating to apply? I'll put it on in October and clean it off in the spring.

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Postby Blackal » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:14 am

Best start - is a fender extender...........

But - anyone know if the protection plates made by Cymarc - fits?

It should do. Okay it looks a bit agricultural for the 1200s, but in black - wouldn't be so noticible

http://www.cymarcbikeparts.co.uk/bmw-r1 ... r-87-p.asp

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Even if you only fitted it for the winter months?

If you ask him - he'd leave the R1200GS stencil out.

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Postby 3narf » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:40 am

Thanks, Al- that could be worth a look! Like you say, just for the winter.

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Postby Anvil77 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:01 pm

Great work. As good as any professional!

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Postby The Teutonic Tangerine » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:26 am

My R1200 ST has an optional Sump guard and the plate in front of the engine - It keeps teh whole engine remarkably clean
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