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post #1 of 33 Old 05-28-2016, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Paint job: black & silver to white

Well I decided to paint my 08 Vee. Classic mission creep...take a few parts off to change the oil and check the air filter, then realize if a few more parts come off, it would be easy to paint.

At first I was thinking about a vinyl wrap, but it looked a bit complicated. Then I thought about plasti-dip and was still not sold on its long-term durability (tho' I'm not ruling it out for short term paint jobs after I get bored of the white)

Funny thing is I mocked up a bunch of colour schemes in PS, and ended up going with none of them, instead preferring the crisp look of the white.





Almost finished taking it apart, just the rear side panels need to come off:


Going to use some rattle can white primer followed by a single stage Urethane paint. Its too hot to spray for the next few days (never thought I would be saying that in May in Ottawa!), which may be a good thing as I can focus on the prep.



Not a whole lot of prep, mostly cleaning. A few nicks where some glazing putty might be required if the primer doesn't fill it. The front fender will need some TLC as the previous owner shattered the rear corner installing an extender. Not sure if I will fibreglass repair it, or re-contour the fender around the damaged area.

I'll probably go with some simple vinyl decals on the cowl. If anyone here does custom work, let me know.
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Disclaimer: my knowledge of painting is basically limited to watching a bunch of youtubes.

Little more progress. It's been either way too hot & humid or way too cold to paint. Today the forecast looked perfect, so I took the day off work to paint.

Prior to painting, there were a few steps. First up, wait until wife is away on business trip and use the tub as a parts washer!



After a good clean, a heat gun was used to soften the decals. The were peeled off and all parts were wet sanded with 400 grit. There were a few shallow scratches that I chose to sand out rather than to fill & sand. The "S" Suzuki logo on one side of the fairing has embedded itself into the plastic, possibly due to leaving the heat gun on it too long? Everything gets sanded until water doesn't bead up.



Previous owner had tried to install a fender extender without pre-drilling. The fender was shattered and held together with duct tape. I've tried putting humpty dumpty together with some resin and bondo. It will need a lot more work before painting.





Cue the theme from Dexter...I used stove pipe wire to hang the plastic from the garage at around eye-level. Parts can be rotated pretty easily for all 'round coverage and should be far enough apart that I don't walk backwards into a freshly painted one. Gas tank is raised up and has enough space to walk around.




2 coats of high build white primer (took both cans). Unfortunately one of the cans was spattering and will mean more sanding than I had planned. This is where I'm at now, it will dry for an hour and then I'll wet sand it with 400. Hopefully enough time left to put on the paint.



Just noticed one of the screws I attached my side case to the SW rack is too long and has scraped the heat shield. I'll sand and re-spray that with a rattle can.

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Looky you being all professional with a make shift paint booth! I just hung my shit on an old coat hanger and let fly with rattle can outside the garage.
Mine looks like #2 in the chart except I didn't do the two back side pieces. Too lazy to take off the luggage rack and all.
Looks like you did proper sanding too. I'll bet you'll be disappointed when you scratch that nice new paint job too.
Kudos to you for doing it right rather than ragged.
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White looks nice but my favorite is #11.
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cheers fellas! I just shot the first coat. I wet sanded the white primer with 400..it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked when I first sprayed it. At $15 a can, it better be good, ha!

Its a little difficult determining how the white paint is going on over the white primer. I'll know more in an hour I guess.

I like #2 and #11 as well. I didn't go with them as for most of my daily riding I'm wearing my CADPAT (army cammo uniform) to & from work. Being already camouflaged I think the green and tan might be a bit too much. White is hi-vis for sleepy commuters and they may do a double take thinking its a cop bike.

Once the white is good & dry, I might experiment with some plasti-dip over top.
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had a 1/4 of paint left in the jar. I was done. Decided to finish what was left, and backed my elbow into the fresh painted fairing. I think I have to let it dry for a week now before I can sand & respray. Blargh!

the rest turned out decent enough.
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While I had the plastic off, I re-painted some of the black parts. These also got cleaned but did not need sanding. Instead, 2 coats of plastic adhesion promoter and 4 very light coats of bumper paint:
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Nice job. I prefer the white myself. Unfortunately my 2015 was only available in blue. I thought about a wrap but may simply pull the parts and have my body shop friend shoot them white for me
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I was painting the kitchen once and noticed the dog had turned pink, he had slid down the freshly painted wall relaxing to the floor.
I'd heard of camel hair brushes before but dog hair brushes, not so much.
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I think I might be able to wet sand and polish it out without having to re-spray. Anyone in Ottawa want something painted white? I only used about 1/4 of a quart to put on 3 coats.
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