I love my Blackbird Fabworx rollbar. Don’t get me wrong. It’s strong, light, and beautiful.
But it could be MORE beautiful.
Out came the wrenches. Off came the hardtop.
The silver powdercoat was an experiment. When I ordered the bar from Moti, I was pretty sure I wanted to try a color other than satin black. Moti offers all the colors of the rainbow for powdercoat and silver sounded like a fun experiment.
And it was, you know? Silver was fun. Gloss white would have been better. It would have matched the stripe. I would have still done what I’m gonna do in this post… but silver just wasn’t right.
The bar is (was) the only silver thing in Sharka’s interior. There’s polished highlights, but everything is pretty much black inside the office. The rollbar just didn’t match.
I’ve had thoughts of having it painted for a while. I’ve asked various folks over the years what color they thought I should paint. Most of them had the same answer.
It took a while for that answer to finally seep into my brain. I didn’t even hear it at first.
I considered gloss white. I thought about gloss black. I considered stripes carefully painted around the various tubes. I pondered all manner of color. Finally, a poster on ClubRoadster mentioned the answer again.
I’d read it in various emails. People had told me over the phone. My wife suggested it over and over.
I brought the rollbar back to Carmer’s Auto Body shop here in Albuquerque. They painted Sharka last year, and I had no doubt they would make the rollbar beautiful. I dropped the rollbar off…
The next day they called and said the rollbar was done. It took me another week to pick it up.
One day to prep, prime, and paint the bar.
The bar has 3 coats of montego and 5 coats of clear. That… should be enough. I hope. Rollbars get scratched up all the time. A million coats of clear might help.
Carmer’s also didn’t mind me coming by to re-install the rollbar in their shop. I love that shop. It feels like home to me. Getting to play there for a morning and put Sharka back together was wonderful.
THAT. That is what it should have been the whole time. Very OEM+. Perfect matching. Not too bright or at all out of place.
A million thanks to everyone who suggested this over the years. Geoff, Steve, Sarah, and all the names I’m forgetting.
And now for more pix of the same thing from slightly different angles. Sorry if it gets monotonous.
And with the top in place?
From the inside, it’s just what I wanted – dark. The montego paint does its trick and looks black when in the shadows. It looks REALLY glossy and deep, but… black.
From the outside? Dark. It doesn’t look like a very showy bar screaming “LOOK AT MEEE!!!!!!!!” in silver powdercoat. I mean, the whole car screams that constantly with the stripe and wheels. It didn’t need the rollbar to do it too.
And when the sunlight hits it? Angels sing. It’s immediately transformed into something very special.
Perfect. Just what I wanted. Thank you for the great paint job Ken!
But I’m not done. That bar needs padding. It also needs to look NICE. No more electrical tape rollbar covers. I need to make something pretty.