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Hey Guys,

I'd like to start a thread dedicated to all things paint. There are a ton of custom paint forums out there specifically towards this topic. Custom Bike forums, paint forums, and so on. I am a member of a couple, but I dig it here at Victory Forums and thought it would be a fun and informative place to share our custom Victory/motorcycle paint experience, tips tricks, projects, how to's, youtube links and discussions.

The vast knowledge members of this site have it got me thinking there must be its share of painters in the mix. Since I am currently in the process of teaching myself to airbrush I wanted an outlet. And what better outlet than a place guaranteed to share my love of pretty Victories? However if you have any automotive paint experience I'd love to hear from you as well. I know there is a lot of custom paint on bikes belonging to this forum and we can see those in your "show off your..." section. But, I still think one collective paint thread is a good idea. If it isn't this thread will fade into darkness and be archived.

I have a spare Judge tank that (as soon as I haul the dent out) will begin painting to swap out for my tank. Also, nice weather so I can strip it outside. I've just been practicing masking techniques and mixing on various items around the house (luckily my wife is cool about it). So I'll start it off;


1. Any painters out there? What do you use (paint brands wise, gear wise)?
2. I hear painting your helmet is a bad idea for a couple reasons. What paints are safe for the plastic? and can it still be DOT approved with custom paint?


I know I can google what I need to know, but i figure here we can all bounce several ideas around should the need arise.

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A friend started his own paint company locally. I use his paints with no problem. A bike kit with clear, base, reducer, and activator is only $90 in pearl colors.

I'm not sure about paint messing with plastic on helmets. I've painted several over the years and never thought about it. If you use a plastic compatible primer prior to paint I couldn't see it hurting.

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A friend started his own paint company locally. I use his paints with no problem. A bike kit with clear, base, reducer, and activator is only $90 in pearl colors.

I'm not sure about paint messing with plastic on helmets. I've painted several over the years and never thought about it. If you use a plastic compatible primer prior to paint I couldn't see it hurting.
Started his own paint company? Do you mean he created his own line of paint or a company that paints things? Either way that is pretty cool. Sounds like you mean the former. Does he have a website I can check out?

My end game is to paint people's bike when I retire. Out here on the east coast the Navy doesnt provide parking unless you have like a decade seniority UNLESS you ride a bike. Bike parking is a free for all. So TONS of guys in the Navy ride. I figure I net work my talents relatively cheaply to the guys and in 15 years when I retire theres a good chance I can have a name for myself. There really isn't all that much custom shops on the coast here. Time will tell.

As for the helmet. We were always told dont paint your hard hat, or your hockey helmet. Its clearly solvent based paint that could damage the integrity of the brain box, but I was more curious of the legalities. Would a cop waste his time? Anybody have experience getting pulled over wearing a not so DOT approved lid? Not encouraging that by any means. But I did hear once painted it is no longer DOT approved.

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All primed up and ready to go;



How bad is this dent? I'm thinking it should come out. Don't wanna fill it if I don't have to.


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Paint and body work is not my area of expertise by a long shot. I'm comfortable with my ability enough to do my own vehicles or good friends.

Looking at the dent you can probably get it close but I imagine it will still need some filler and sanding to get it right. Hard to tell in the picture plus I'm posting from my phone so I can only see it so well.

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Awesome idea BigbK.

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That dent needs pulled out and then filled. You cant fill a dent that big.

Custom painting or just plain painting takes awhile to learn. My suggestion is to start out with a gravity feed HVLP gun. Harbor freight work well to begin with and are inexpensive. Use any base coat clear coat BC/CC. Its fairly easy to use and easy to fix if you screw up.


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Ya, I knew the dent wouldn't fully come out. But wasn't sure how bad. The multi tool gives a slight idea of the depth, Diameter is like a man sized fist. Pretty standard bar slap in a tumble dent. I found a guy willing to look at it on Kijiji. See what happens.

I remember seeing a glimpse of Busa's busa. Love to hear some peoples backgrounds in paint.

Ugh, threw a few coats of electric blue on that lid. Apparently I failed to clean my sprayer properly, Was like 4 or 5 sprays away from a nice even coat and it started coughing up bits of white onto my pretty blue. I'll sand them out, clean the gear and start again in the morning.

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LOL yep been there. Clean the gun, take it all apart and brush it all out and rinse it real good.
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That dent needs pulled out and then filled. You cant fill a dent that big.

Custom painting or just plain painting takes awhile to learn. My suggestion is to start out with a gravity feed HVLP gun. Harbor freight work well to begin with and are inexpensive. Use any base coat clear coat BC/CC. Its fairly easy to use and easy to fix if you screw up.


I'll try and answer some more later.
Thanks WD. I have an HVLP gun as well as a couple double action detail brushes. As for time, its what I got. Dual income no kids work 4 days on 6 days off. I'm not planning on making money tomorrow...like I say 15 years to practice on unsuspecting sailor's bikes. I'm quite comfortable with it as a hobby. I have a few guys that want me to do their hockey masks and stuff like that. But its all in good fun (from good friends).

As for that monkey fist in the side of the tank. I'm a noob, but I've seen dumbasses fill some pretty big dents. I'll get buddy to pull it and hopefully wont have too much (or little) to work with.

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