Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: North East Florida, FL, USA
WHY I REPAINTED MY RT TRUNK!
A couple of weeks ago we were privileged to have couple of grand kids visit for several days. This included our 11 year old grandson who always likes to go for motorcycle rides. After getting him suited up in riding gear I installed the rear trunk on the RT so he would have a backrest and off we went. About an hour into our ride out through the Osceola National Forest we crossed a bridge that goes over US 90. Felt a pretty good bump on the bridge, heard a strange noise and the kid started beating me on the shoulder and yelling something that I couldn't understand. So, I stopped and he said "THE TRUNK FELL OFF". The first thing I thought was, Holy crap, glad he didn't go with it! Anyway, turned around and found it lying on the bridge resting up against the curb. One more bounce and it would have went overboard and maybe landed in the middle of someone's windshield down on US 90! As bad as the whole situation seemed I felt lucky. Anyway, every time I mount that trunk I always tug, pull, and lift on it to be sure it's mounted properly. However, even though I did do that, I obviously screwed up. The good news is that even though it was battered and bruised with lots of road rash, the mounting hardware was still intact and undamaged. So I put it back on the bike and we finished the ride without further issue. After catching up on my Honey-Do's I finally started the job of repairing and refinishing the damage. Fortunately it wasn't broken anywhere just bruised and scared. After several days I finally finished repairing and prepped it for paint. It was then off to the local auto parts store in search of some paint. I found a couple of rattle cans that according to the color of the plastic caps were a good match for the black on the bottom half and the silver up top. After masking off the top half and spraying the black along with a couple coats of clear on the bottom, I masked the bottom and sprayed the top. Well the silver paint that I got didn't even come close to matching the rattle can lid. Looked like grandma's fine silver that had just been polished! Not even close to any silver on the bike. So, it was back to the store for a can of flat clear paint. After a couple coats the flat it killed the shine and rendered it acceptable. Overall looks pretty good. Attached a quick photo. Happy with the results and the material cost beats the hell out of a $200 Body Shop paint job.
North East Florida
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