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post #1 of 7 Old 03-23-2014, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Painting Bar End Sliders?

I bought these bar end sliders:

Suzuki Bar End Protectors BE0017BK

The idea being that its common if you drop the bike for the end of the handle bar to get all scuffed up. It was maybe a dumb purchase as I didnt realize the end can easily be replaced, but I have them so I might as well install them.

Which leads me to my problem, for some odd reason, they are stainless steel and unpainted. I don't know why they didnt make them black as that would match like 90% of bikes I think (dont most bikes use black bar end caps?). I thought I could get them coated at a local metal company but they want $85 which is ridiculous and like twice what i paid.

Anyone have suggestions how to paint or coat these to get them black?
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I bought these bar end sliders:

Suzuki Bar End Protectors BE0017BK

The idea being that its common if you drop the bike for the end of the handle bar to get all scuffed up. It was maybe a dumb purchase as I didnt realize the end can easily be replaced, but I have them so I might as well install them.

Which leads me to my problem, for some odd reason, they are stainless steel and unpainted. I don't know why they didnt make them black as that would match like 90% of bikes I think (dont most bikes use black bar end caps?). I thought I could get them coated at a local metal company but they want $85 which is ridiculous and like twice what i paid.

Anyone have suggestions how to paint or coat these to get them black?
Wipe off with rubbing alcohol and spray them with Rustoleum Bedliner paint!! Dont spray heavy coat, it will run. 3 or 4 light coats with 20 minute curing periods in the hot sun will do.

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I suggest you self etching primer.
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Thanks, if this was something I could use on future projects then I would probably go this route but I don't seem myself needing this gun in the future so if I was going to spend that much it would probably better off getting the black nitride coating from the metal company and saving a lot of hassle.

Thanks for the suggestion anyways though
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Wipe off with rubbing alcohol and spray them with Rustoleum Bedliner paint!! Dont spray heavy coat, it will run. 3 or 4 light coats with 20 minute curing periods in the hot sun will do.
Thanks, this is probably the route I will take. I am 95% sure they are steel due to the weight, but it looks like it could be aluminum based on the texture.

However, I think if they were aluminum they would be a lot lighter.

Does anyone know for sure what they use to make these? I tried emailing the company who made them but didn't get a response.
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I suggest you self etching primer.
I've never heard of this but I will google it.
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