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Well guys, I've been planning my paint job for a couple of months now but money is very tight and I can't afford it right now. Based on the fact that my tins are Onyx/Indigo and my wheels are Lime Green, I just can't ride the bike like that until I accummulate the money to get a good paint job. I've decided to do a "rattle-can" paint job to tide me over until I can do it right. It's still going to be Black, Lime Green, with some Silver accents but the black is going to be Satin Black. When it is finished I will clearcoat it with a Satin Clear.

I hope to get started sometime next week and will post my progress. I could probably afford a paint job if I sold my custom Big Radius 2-1 pipes but that isn't going to happen . . . . . . . . at least not yet.
 

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hope you have some paint experience, cuz if not, it will look like a monkey threw crap at it. rattle cans are awsome but like any paint job its prep. if your experienced ignore this.
 

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If you are going to paint it professionally later and don't like it now, go for it. It can't be any worse than lime green and Indigo. LOL, kidding

In fact, I've been thinking of painting my bike too, except I've decided to get a HVLP Gun and spray it myself. If you've already got a compressor a gun is not that expensive. You can find a decent gun for around $100. Sure you could spend less, but it will be more headache than it's worth. And before everyone tells me, I can't do it, I have helped paint my bike before and I know a thing or two about prep.

It's a learning experience, knock yourself out. It's only paint, you can always sand and re-paint.



Here's a good beginners site for painting and prep I found recently.

http://69camaro.20m.com/painting101.html
 

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Pep, good luck with this project and post lots of pictures. I have a feeling it will turn out pretty good, you seem to have an eye for detail. Have you thought about going with a flat finish on the black since that is easier to apply and is probably moreforgiving than a high gloss paint?
 

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Hey Pep, you never know until you try. As was said earlier "If it doesn't turn out just repaint".


I'm sure it will turn out fine. Keep us posted and get some pics.
 

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I have a little "rattle can" paint experience. Back when I was 16 I had my first car. A 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. At the time I thought the car was a hot rod and loved it more than anything. Only problem was all four fenders were rusting out, and the bottoms of the doors were rusting. I bought an instructionalvideo at the auto parts store that taught how to do body work.


I watched the video then went back to the parts store and spent all kinds of money on bondo, fiberglass, sandpaper, paint, etc.... Long story short, my body work was kind of crappy, but the paint job I did on the fenders wasn't half bad. I found that several layers of thin paint allowed to dry inbetween coats worked the best. I also found that wetsanding with really high grit sandpaper made the paint shine. It didn't match the factory paint but it was pretty close. It wasn't bad for a spray can job at all.


I can't believe I put so much effort into an 88 Pontiac though. What was I thinking
 

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Scoper50 said:
I found that several layers of thin paint allowed to dry inbetween coats worked the best.




#1 - slow and really patient!! - like nearly no paint on [one or two passes[ - wait - dries real fast - nearly no paint on - wait - etcetecetc - it's mind numbing,and please don't rush the last coats, just when it's nearly done ....it will run! - hopefully you'll have enough bits out to paint, to go round them with little waiting inbetween - go for it [good stuff from scoper]
 

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I'm Definitely going to do it. I just need to find a rattle can paint that matched the "lime green" wheels.
 

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I'm Definitely going to do it. I just need to find a rattle can paint that matched the "lime green" wheels.

I don't know the specific graphics you have in mind, but you can get away with more of a mismatch if the green highlights on the bodywork aren't going to be "close" to the wheels.I didn't want to buy the exact colorfor my blue 2006 just topaint mychin spoiler, so I founda Duplicolor rattle can (GM Dark Blue Metallic) that was areasonably close match. The spoiler isshadowed by the engine/frame and isn't next toany other blue pieces. If you were to hold the spoiler next to the tank, it is possible to see a slight difference, but when it's mounted on the bike it isn't noticeable.





Good luck Pep, I'm very interested to see how this turns out. I'm pondering something similar with some spare bodywork I have accumulated here.
 

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Sounds like fun, if all else fails hit it with some semi gloss blk-it would look okay with the wheels. Good Luck
 

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sounds good duke. with the current state of the economy you might just be tapping in to a new trend, and if you dont like it you can always repaint it..... another thought came to mind, maybe we can get some bail out funds redirected to your account for some paint work
 

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I laid my bike down last summer and used a flat black rattle can spray pain and LOTS of wet sanding. It looks more bad ass than ever now.







 

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Pep said:
Well guys, I've been planning my paint job for a couple of months now but money is very tight and I can't afford it right now. Based on the fact that my tins are Onyx/Indigo and my wheels are Lime Green, I just can't ride the bike like that until I accummulate the money to get a good paint job. I've decided to do a "rattle-can" paint job to tide me over until I can do it right. It's still going to be Black, Lime Green, with some Silver accents but the black is going to be Satin Black. When it is finished I will clearcoat it with a Satin Clear.

I hope to get started sometime next week and will post my progress. I could probably afford a paint job if I sold my custom Big Radius 2-1 pipes but that isn't going to happen . . . . . . . . at least not yet.
If you are looking for a lime green - check out PJ1. Lots of motorcycle dealers can get it and they make a good product. Nice thing is they sell a clear too. With that and some patience you can get some really good results. Don't be affraid to pick up some cheap items to practice painting on.http://www.pjhbrands.com/
 

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Well guys, I may have changed my plans. I found an article on painting enamel with a roller.

Let me say that again. I found an article on painting enamel with a roller!

Apparently a lot of guys have done "economy" paint jobs on their cars using Rustoleum Professional Enamel and thinning it with mineral spirits. I'm going with gloss black. I'll worry about the green accents or graphics later. This may actually turn out to be less expensive than the rattle can method.

I'm heading to Home Depot today to pick up some supplies, paint, sandpaper, mineral spirits, 4" foam rollers, foam brushes, etc.

I'll take pics as I proceed so if it's successful, you guys can do it.
 
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