Atlas tank decals

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My 1968 Atlas tank is being repainted the original Flamboyant green metallic. Were the 2 decals on top of the tank applied over the paint or was there clear-coat applied over the decals?
 

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I have to laugh at award winning concours restaurations with modern clear coat paint and plastic wire ties. Neither bothers me, but the way people can use both in an "original" restauration cracks me up.
 
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I have to laugh at award winning concours restaurations with modern clear coat paint and plastic wire ties. Neither bothers me, but the way people can use both in an "original" restauration cracks me up.
I belong to the local AMCA Omaha Chapter, and when the bikes are judged, points are deducted for zip ties and other no original items, however minute. There are also categories for Original and Restored, so not sure which one this bike would fall into now with the tank repainted. My son works in the auto body industry and tried to wet sand the back paint down to the original gel coat but no luck doing that. It was worth a shot.
 

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I have to laugh at award winning concours restaurations with modern clear coat paint and plastic wire ties. Neither bothers me, but the way people can use both in an "original" restauration cracks me up.

Just as a point of interest, how are modern upgrades such as LED lighting judged?
Not that I intend to enter my Atlas in a concours expo.

I know I have gotten off topic, but I reckon Kommando has fully dispatched the OP's question.

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Just as a point of interest, how are modern upgrades such as LED lighting judged?
Not that I intend to enter my Atlas in a concours expo.

I know I have gotten off topic, but I reckon Kommando has fully dispatched the OP's question.

Slick

Yes, the question was answered, so stray all you want lol.

They would deduct a point or so if they noticed, but if you had the correct Lucas lens, Im not so sure they would. I had my '68 Atlas judged last year and it scored 95 points. They only deducted for a damaged tachometer, wrong clips on the fuel line, and flaking chrome on the primary cover, which I refuse to replace. The tank had been repainted, which they didnt notice, but it only has 455 original miles on it from when it was purchased new in 1970 and the original owner took a spill on it and never rode it again. It sat in the back of a garage for 50 years.

I hit a deer on my 1972 Moto Guzzi and decided that poor lighting is unacceptable when riding at night so I have LEDs in a couple of my old bikes that I ride regularly.
 
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This is an example of non original which would send judges looking for the red ink to down rate it.

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The correct tank was painted yellow and then had a red decal with a yellow border stuck to the tank. The yellows did not match, even if they did when new as soon as the sun got to them the two yellows aged at different rates and the decal wrinkled on the round tank. So I had a borderless decal in red made up, painter was meticulous keeping the decal flat, white line is paint and all is clear coated with petrol proof 2K except the alloy. It looks good and is now 8 years old and looks as good as the day I picked it up.
 
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