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Painting air filter


joelwideqvist
02-06-2014, 05:24 PM
I got an air filter to paint for my chopper build. It's the cone shape style and I'm thinking something like the K&N filters as a paper filter would be inapropriate due to it's position on the bike. Any suggestion on a paint/paintmix to use?

Sorry for the crappy image.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/joelwideqvist/chopper/6D97BF5C-B445-450F-BF35-5252E7972C0C.jpg

blubaja
02-06-2014, 06:09 PM
Try this:
http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/439158236/motorcycle_parts_28mm_air_filter.jpg_350x350.jpg

MPWR
02-06-2014, 07:46 PM
I find that flocking (in what ever color of your choice) can be a great option for an air filter. It does not look like a pleated paper filter. But it does look very much like a foam filter, or a foam sleeve cover over a paper filter. Which works fine for a performance/custom kind of look.

Trying to paint a pleated paper filter is an obnoxious task. There are dozens of flavors of wrong, but nothing that ever really looks right.

joelwideqvist
02-07-2014, 01:41 AM
Flocking, huh?! Maybe I'll just try that idea. Thanks!

MPWR
02-07-2014, 08:52 AM
http://www.1977mopeds.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/1/9/1977_moped_parts_PHBG-Foam-Air-Filter--Red-3020.jpg

Not a bad look, I think.

rallymaster
02-07-2014, 09:03 AM
I got an air filter to paint for my chopper build. It's the cone shape style and I'm thinking something like the K&N filters as a paper filter would be inapropriate due to it's position on the bike. Any suggestion on a paint/paintmix to use?

Sorry for the crappy image.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/joelwideqvist/chopper/6D97BF5C-B445-450F-BF35-5252E7972C0C.jpg


Did you consider using real filter material ?
I used vaccum cleaner filter sheet.
Browse my Porsche GT3 or California build thread and you'll see what I mean.
I can send you a sample if you want I still have some and regarding my build rythm I could last centuries with it...

joelwideqvist
02-07-2014, 01:29 PM
No I didn't. And the reason why is that I seem to lack some of the fantastic imagination some of you guys got :-) I thought, "Hey, cool filter. Looks a bit rough from the mold but it must be better than something I can achieve on my own" ;-)

Looked at the California and it would surely look great on the filter. Also took a dive into the cleaning closet without any luck. Is it from a HEPA filter or what? Could you part with a fraction I would be much happy to try it out!

rallymaster
02-07-2014, 02:23 PM
No I didn't. And the reason why is that I seem to lack some of the fantastic imagination some of you guys got :-) I thought, "Hey, cool filter. Looks a bit rough from the mold but it must be better than something I can achieve on my own" ;-)

Looked at the California and it would surely look great on the filter. Also took a dive into the cleaning closet without any luck. Is it from a HEPA filter or what? Could you part with a fraction I would be much happy to try it out!


Years ago I started a new commercial carreer by selling some US brand Rexair "Rainbow" vaccum cleaner for french importator her in eastern France.
When I left the firm I realized I had kept in my wallet a few filter samples used to show the system working.
A few days after while looking at the big filters above Metro 6R4 engine I had the feeling those filter sheets would be a perfect match !
Also wanting to try some flocking/carpeting work in some of my models I decided to try it, and it works very well.

My last use a few weeks ago was on the bottom of the Porsche GT2 dashboard I want to put in my RWB model.


I already shared some here with other builders so just send me your address by PM and I'll send you a few sheets. :biggrin:

ScaleTuned
02-11-2014, 02:51 PM
You could always fab up your own open element filter, which when installed appears way more convincing than trying to replicate K&N pleating on plastic. Here are some bits I used to make an open element on a GT500 (on the right in the first pic). Just some basic styrene and aluminum tubing to make the filter body then painted and covered with hobby mesh.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g47/shucky4ya/GT500/IMG_3873.jpg

Inner venturi funnel and some punched aluminum sheet
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g47/shucky4ya/GT500/IMG_3887.jpg

Finished with sensor
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g47/shucky4ya/GT500/IMG_3894.jpg

joelwideqvist
02-11-2014, 04:16 PM
That one looked great ScaleTuned!
Lots of tips, thanks all!

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