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post #1 of 9 Old 07-25-2014, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Painted my Nelson-Rigg Soft Bags...

Hey guys, i havent been around for a while, but still ride the strom daily. Ive had my interests tied into an SRT-4 project, but i finally found some time to tend to the bags on my 07 650.
The bags are only about 2 years old but had begun to fade within the first season of owning them. They have since turned the typical grey/blue faded color. I finally couldnt take it any longer, so after some research, i decided to spray-bomb them with some plastic paint. I *think* some of the plastic paints have etching properties, so i figured that would have the best chance of sticking to the nylon. The paint that i chose came from the walmart and wasnt terribly expensive: Krylon Fusion for plastics.
Prep was minimal, as i didnt have time to wait for them to dry if i had washed them. Basically, i took a stiff broom and scuffed the dust off of them. The paint fogged pretty heavily, so i had to move quickly to keep it from getting a saturated, slick look. They ended up turning out pretty good, with one exception that i didnt see coming: the paint wont stick to rubber. The top handles and the nelson rigg emblem are all made from rubber and the paint simply wouldnt set up on them. It was a terribly sticky mess until I figured out where the wet paint was coming from. A few minutes with a paper towel and paint thinner had it taken care of. I ended up cutting the threads on the emblems, removing them, and repainting the sides. Not a big deal, but something i wish i had been aware of to begin with.
Its been a month now since i painted them. The bike is garaged, but it sits outside in the sun at work during the day for about 10 hours. So far, i havent noticed any additional fading, but i have noticed a few spots on the foam backing that i missed with paint. It has continued to fade in the unpainted spots, but they wont be hard to touch up. I have noticed no flaking, peeling, fading, or any other defects in the paint so far.
All in all, i definitely recommend trying this stuff if you have any soft bags that have began to fade.
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I use Fusion all the time...never thought about painting my Nelson's....good idea!

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Painting fabric? Seriously? That thought had never occurred to me, I have to admit. Doesn't it make the fabric stiff? Won't it crack?

Great idea if it works, though. Keep us posted on longer-term results.

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Looks good, SRTeric. Job well done. I noticed you used gloss black. Krylon Fusion also comes in Satin and Flat black. I used the Satin black paint on my stock windscreen. Looks terrific.

Last week I bought a can of black spray paint for fabric from Michael's Arts & Crafts store. Name is "Simply Spray". I have a Nelson-Rigg tail bag that is faded like SRTeric's that I'm going to it out on. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.


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Like i said, its been applied and beat on for about a month now with no flaking as of yet. Because the bags are semi-soft, there isnt enough play in the fabric to do much bending, so that might be helping it to stick. I can run my finger nails over the material and no paint comes off or flakes.
I would have liked to use flat or matte, but all the ol walmart had was the gloss lol and i was in a bit of a bind if i wanted to get the job done at that time. It actually doesnt look too bad in person.
My original thought was to use a shoe or fabric dye, but i had reservations about that. My dad has used shoe dye on his old car seat belts with great results, but i was afraid that it might not stick to the bags and leave me with a huge mess. So far, im very happy with the results.
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I bought a can of black spray paint for fabric from Michael's Arts & Crafts store. Name is "Simply Spray". I have a Nelson-Rigg tail bag that is faded like SRTeric's that I'm going to it out on. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
Well, it turned out. But not so good. This stuff is in a tiny 2.5 oz can. The spray can is so small it was hard to control with my big hands. There was just enough paint to cover the bag.

First it came out in a thin stream. Lucky I was pointing it away from the bag. Then squeezing the trigger more it finally came out with a good spray, but within a few seconds the spray started to fade.

So I shook the can again, squeezed the trigger, started spraying, and just a few strokes later the spray came out in two or three big spitting glops. It was a mess. Too much here, not enough there.

I let it set over night. Checked it this afternoon. It was dry, but was uneven everywhere on the bag. I'll let it set a couple more days, see if there will be any changes. I've had the bag a dozen or more years and had lots of use. If it becomes a failure I'll just use it as is.

I don't know if this fabric paint is good stuff or junk. First time I've used it. Maybe next time I use Krylon Fusion.


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good to hear others are trying different methods. the krylon came out surprisingly heavily, but its a regular sized rattle can, so there was enough to play around with. i got it a bit too heavy in a spot or two, but i went back and hit it from farther away to give it less shine in those spots. still doesnt look too bad lol
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I wonder if this paint would work on the knees of my Aerostich suit? I have the fluorescent yellow knees, and it looks terrible after putting my knee down for something like chain lube or checking tire pressure. The yellow just gets dirty fast.

I asked Aerostich how much it would cost to replace the knees with black and they said $60 each, plus i have to pay shipping both directions, so that is going to be $200.

I may look for that paint one of these days.
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