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post #1 of 11 Old 08-20-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re-painting a VStrom

I've had my Wee for just a little over a year, now, and I find that the grey paint, while nice, is just plain blah, and tends to blend in with the asphalt on the road. I'm considering having it repainted a different color, one that I'll like and that will be very visible. Has anyone done this and how much would I be looking at to have it done?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-20-2013, 11:28 AM
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Mine is a very noticeable and (to me) very pleasing shade of lime green. It was done at the cost of one rattle-can of primer and two rattle-cans of Rustoleum.
And lots of disassembly, sanding, buffing and reassembly. Fortunately my time has no monetary value at all so it was a pretty cheap project.

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Someone here recovered their tank in Vinyl........looked really good, and I think is reversible when it comes time to sell. Perform a Google Box search........should pop up??

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Regardless make sure the clear coat is GAS proof

I have had good luck with Urethane
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Someone here recovered their tank in Vinyl........looked really good, and I think is reversible when it comes time to sell. Perform a Google Box search........should pop up??
Here you go: https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...-3m-vinyl.html

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Plasti Dip

I used plastidip to change the color of the plastics on mine. I tried the vinyl wrap but found it too frustrating. The plastidip can (supposedly) be peeled off at a later date. I figured going this route was the easiest way for me to change the color without permanently screwing something up. There aren't a lot of color options but it works for me. I am thinking of trying to spray paint over the plastidip with a different color. If it doesn't eat away the plastidip, I could still peel it off at a later date and have my oem plastics. I also sprayed the crash bars and muffler heat shield a flat black with the plastidip. They came out rather nice. Just an additional way to change the color but without it being permanent.
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I would kill for the grey, i REALLY like the flat grey. My 08 is yellow and i hate it. ( no offense to those with yellow bikes ) I gotta do something to change the color of mine at some point. Im sure ill paint it, really thinking flat silver/grey or green.

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I did vinyl last weekend. I did the tank and one side panel and got mad and tore it all off and then the next day tried again since I had everything disassembled.

I am not happy with my performance. it takes at least 4 maybe 5 hands to do. If you look close at the photos you can see wrinkling and where I had to cut and overlap. the overall look from 10 feet away is fine but I will probably rip it off and do it again next time I have all the tuperware off.

I spent about 4 hours on it so my attention to detail is lacking on this project.

if you look at the scotts damper photo you can see the wrinkle and overlap under the beauty plate , in the photo of the tool tube you can see wrinkles under the side cowl. these are my failures as I just didn't take the time to do it right.

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I'm pretty unhandy when it comes to stuff like the vinyl job, so for me, it would be a new paint job. I need to research it to come up with an approximate cost. I figure a single color with clear coat can't be overly expensive. But then again, it could be.

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I agree with the plastisol idea, google it, guys are doing high end cars and bikes, looks real good, not much prep is needed, and repairs are easy. If you don't rough up the surface it can peel off in sheets and you can change the color. Haven't used it myself, but a co-worker has.


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