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By John Maguire
From Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
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Does anyone have any experience trying to paint motorcycle fenders? Can it be done in a home setup with good results? Any idea what it would cost to have it professionally done?


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By Lee Smith
May 21, 2010
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Painting metal surfaces is tricky. Prep work is crucial. Sometimes it is better to let a pro do it, depending on your skill level and time commitment. Any good auto paint shop should give you a free quote.

You can get good results with a rattle can if you prep carefully and have good technique. Good ventilation and dust free atmosphere is also needed.


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By the Ascender
From . . . CO
May 21, 2010
My shadow is forcing me into the overhanging crux.

If your fenders are plastic they're hard to paint well. Rather, it's hard to get good, lasting adherence. . . in my little bit of experience. I've tried the good paint and the cheap stuff, and have tried different methods of prep too - it just always seems to blister or peel or get scrapped off easily.


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By John Maguire
From Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
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I guess I shoulda clarified...

The gas tank is metal, but all the fenders are plastic. I did some paint work on my truck a while ago, and I did a really awesome job prepping everything. This included bondo, sanding, priming, sanding.... but when it came time to paint, I could never match the factory shine. I tried a clear coat, but I kind of remember rushing that step of it. Either either way though, it never looked that good. That was using a "rattle" - to steal your vernacular, lee. I was thinking that maybe I could get better quality with what I was told they call a "HVLP" (High Volume Low Pressure) system. That would only require me to buy an air compressor (which I wanted anyways) and the sprayer, which I think you can pick up pretty cheap.

That being said...my truck painting experience was when I was about 17 and probably less patient. Who knows maybe even the quality of the cans have improved. Color rite has a pretty impressive commercial that shows some good results, but I suppose it all could be editing, etc.

My only hesitation with bringing it to a pro is that I want a multicolored finish and I'm not sure I could afford that. I'm going to try to post some pictures of what I'm envisioning...at least for my own benefit, haha.

I appreciate the feedback, either way. The bike in question is an '86 GSX-R 750 and I really wanna bring it back to the factory colors (or at least my rendition of it). Its arguably the first street bike to appear in America and it has a lot of character.


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By Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
May 21, 2010
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt Kuehl

Paint a lion of Judah on it. Sight, rasta. Seen.


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By John Maguire
From Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
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Andy Hansen wrote:
Paint a lion of Judah on it. Sight, rasta. Seen.


yea... thats not really my style.


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By John Maguire
From Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
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Current Thoughts: (Excuse the use of MS Paint)



^^^^ If these pictures don't load, I made an album in my profile...


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By jimschilber
May 22, 2010

go to the local vinyl shop and pick the colors you want and go to town. for real it works good it is cheep and fast. you could do touch up real easy if it gets a scratch. i used it to cover the scratches from laying my gsxr down.


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By John Maguire
From Boulder, CO
May 22, 2010
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jimschilber wrote:
go to the local vinyl shop and pick the colors you want and go to town. for real it works good it is cheep and fast. you could do touch up real easy if it gets a scratch. i used it to cover the scratches from laying my gsxr down.


I actually just reupholstered the seat with marine vinyl from JOANN Fabric, but are you saying doing the fenders in it too? Thats...interesting.

Do you have any pictures of how yours came out? I'd love to see them. How would you do the metal gas tank?


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By no1nprtclr
From Front range Colorado
May 22, 2010

Man if the bike in its current color is that greyish black.... That looks WAY better than the original paint job. The original paint job looks like a 70's throwback....

But, in my experience, which is mostly metal and fiberglass, prep is key... Make sure all oils, dirt, film, etc.... is completely gone. Use copious amounts of non lint toweling to wipe things off prior to first coat of primer. Dust free environment while painting/priming. Good luck..

Juan


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