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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, for those who have read my past posts, you know I have my bike apart for painting. I am doing it myself in my garage. I have a lot of mechanical experience, but little body experience. I am learning as I go. Ok, I have the paint on, waiting to cure overnight. It came out ok, lots of orange peel though. Some other issues, but I will be color sanding tomorrow and overall I think it came out good. I will post pics after clear is on and buffed. I also got the S&S intake on and the VFC III controller on and mounted. I am still waiting for my Octanes pipes, but they will be here when Conquest gets them in. Great customer service from Conquest by the way. Ok, I will keep everyone informed, the work goes on.

PS, sanding is the biggest part of this, and I hope I never have to sand another bike...
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I bet it comes out great! There's nothing wrong with learning as you go; it's good to learn new things and better to learn things that you want to learn. After all isn't it better to know a little bit about a lot of stuff? The other option, knowing a lot about a few things, works out for some people too. They're usually the people that hire other people to do the things they don't know anything about. Me personally; if it's broke I'm going to try to fix it - even if I know nothing about it. When my bike needs paint you can bet I will be doing it. Guys like you are an inspiration.

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PS, sanding is the biggest part of this, and I hope I never have to sand another bike...
I bet this is one of the reasons a good paint job costs so much. A lot of labor goes into the difference layers of painting.
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Ok, had a hiccup with the paint. No big deal, but I had to sand and reprime. The problem is with my paint gun and will take me a bit to sort out. I am using a rustoleum sandable primer as a base, and I was looking at it last night after I sprayed it. The finish is very good. So, I am thinking of using the front fender as an experiment and using a spray can to put the color down. If the finish comes down that well, it might work out. I am going to explore this avenue and see how it comes out. Tonight I will put the color and clear down and post pics when I buff it out. I am hopeful and will keep everyone up to date.
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So you are painting your bike with spray can paint?You may be able to spray a good automotive grade clear over it, however you probably should do it on a test piece first,since, if it is not compatible with you r spray paint, you would have to remove it all and start over.
I used spray can paint and spray can clear on an old bike a couple years ago.Gas dribbled on it.It ruined the paint.I thought since I used a clear(also rattle can),it would be protected.I was wrong.
Long story short, when I painted my Kingpin this winter I used a bc/cc system from House Of Colors.It is impervious to gas.
There may be spray paints out there that are fuel resistant, you want to make sure though, before going through all that work.Believe me, I know that it is very labor intensive.
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Ok, I ran down to the AutoZone and got some duplicolor touch up paint in the can and some clear. I sprayed the front and rear fender and it looks really good. I need to color sand a little, but the overall quality is pretty good. I still have a tank and the side covers to do so it will be a few more days, hope to be done by this weekend, but I am thinking this might be the ticket.
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Ok, I ran down to the AutoZone and got some duplicolor touch up paint in the can and some clear. I sprayed the front and rear fender and it looks really good. I need to color sand a little, but the overall quality is pretty good. I still have a tank and the side covers to do so it will be a few more days, hope to be done by this weekend, but I am thinking this might be the ticket.
spray bomb paint job? really?

you sure i won't be able to hear that can rattlin 1,000 yards away...
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Its actually turning out pretty good. Any flaws in the paint are a result of my inexperience, not the paint. I am surprised at how well the paint is laying down. The only major issue is the decal I am putting on the tank is a pain in the ass. Again, that is my inexperience and I will make it look as good (flat) as I can. I think in the end it will look great from a few feet away, and up close it will look ok but you will be able to see the small pops and defects in the paint. Pics will be up soon, just finishing up. Hopefully done by this weekend.
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Pics of the tank. Clear isnt on yet. You can see some flaws, but overall I think it came out ok.
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Do you know about putting a drop or two of dish soap in your water when wet sanding? It helps pre vent build up of paint on the sandpaper and makes sandpaper last longer.
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