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post #1 of 18 Old 02-28-2007, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Bedliner on handguards, muffler, engine bracket, Front Fairings

I managed to do a nice paint job, and get a 75 mile ride in! Recently I installed a standoff bracket for my new soft luggage on the left side. Although it looked pretty good, I wanted it to blend in better, and be nice and durable with the luggage sitting on it.

Using the wonderful dremel tool I managed to sand the surface, and then clean it very good. After that I used black duplicolor bed liner (similar to linex, but more plasticy, and less skid resistant/durable), and sprayed 5 very light coats onto the bar, with set time inbetween. Like all paintwork, taking it slow, and proper prepwork are very important. Here's what that looks like when done:


I also did my hand guard extensions and my muffler shield. I've included the close ups so you can get a idea of what the texture looks like. The further away you spray from the more texture you will have. Having used this on other projects before I know that if its properly stuck on it's very durable and will last for a very long time.









It turned out very well, and I'm very pleased with how it looks. Much sharper than the original pieces.

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OK

That is a sharp lookin job!! I want to do the givi bars, heat shields & Rear Rack on my 1K do you know if the duplicolor is avail. in any other colors ???

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I thought it came in more than just black, but I havent been able to find any other colors:
http://www.duplicolor.com/products/truckbed.html

I'd do your givi bars, and rear rack with something like rhino liner. Very durable, and it should not be very expensive.

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I wanted to do them in Rhino but the shop around here wanted over $130.00
last summer to do them ..Now they are out of business.....:rolleyes: Go figure ..
My son just told me that Napa autoparts has the 1qt. cans of liner material that are enough to do 2 coats on the tailboard of a full size P.U. ... Maybe I'll look into that . Any way that came out great..

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They have aerosol cans for small projects, and cans and rollers for bigger projects. If you have a proper spray gun setup you can also use that.

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Looks great! I'm inspired...

Already scuffed the hell out of my handguards.

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Well I'll start off by saying this takes alot of work unless you have power tools The bedliner also does not photograph 100% correctly and shows up more gray than black. I personally think it looks much better in person. This is a good way to keep your original panels in pristine condition.

Now onto the main show


First off I had mentioned that I redid the muffler. This time I properly scuffed and cleaned the surface:

I also did the lower exauhst guard to make it match. I layered it extra thick around the bottom where my boot rubs.

Next up remove the fairings

Then gather your products. You can see what I used, plus a adhesion promoter.

These pictures turned out funky as the blue and black are not right. Get sanding!




For painting take it slow and easy. You can vary the texture and depth pretty easily. I used about a can and a half to the fairing. I also used about 1/2 can of adhesion promoter. The liner is more black than the photos show. Dont forget to apply it all somewhat closely together so it can adhere together while "sticky". Also don't start spraying the can directly on the surface, it will spray clumps Start on the side and bring it over the surface. I sprayed it extra thick on the bottom, and leading edges for maximum chipping reduction.






It's finished and you let it sit for a few hours.



Overall I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. If you take your time and sand and clean properly it will stick pretty good. I've already had a few people comment on the bike and say it looks neat/cool. You could easily do just the rear if you are looking for a cosmetic change. Eventually I'll get some of the Suzuki "S" logo's and stick them on to add a bit of class.

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That bedliner is good stuff. Not only does it look cool but it's fairly resistant to damage. Little things that would have played merry hell with paint barely scuffed my bedliner paint jobd. I've painted two rat bikes of my own with it along with several for other people - we did a CBR 929RR all in that stuff once and it looked killer. :mrgreen:

I've been toying with doing my muffler guards and wondering how it would look. Now I know, and I like it!

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That's sharp, man.

Straight outta THUNDERDOME!!!! :mrgreen:

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That's a brave leap, taking a sander to your cowling. It would make some people cry.

It looks like a great project, especially since you got such good results. I'm interested in how well it holds up to use and how easy it is to repair scratches. It looks like you can use it on scratched hand guards and crash bars. The texture effect would make it look new again.

How about a daytime picture. Or are you teasing us until you get the other pieces done?

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