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New paint, part two...

Well, the masses spoke, and I sanded, primed, and found some really neat Duplicolor "Metal Specks" silver paint, and switched from the black I tried earlier this week to what you see below. Thanks for the advice everyone, ride safely.

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That looks very nice Pete.


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Too bad, you could have used the OEM paint, all you had to do was ask:

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Too bad, you could have used the OEM paint, all you had to do was ask:

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awwww, Ron, don't go burstin' my bubble too fast, the stuff I got was half the price and has neato silver flakes in it that reflect the light...kinda' like that metallic silver on the high end Mercedes that guys like me dream about but guys like you actually own...

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looks good Pete, want to do mine?
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looks good Pete, want to do mine?
wondering if he meant "his motorcycle..."

sure, swing on down, we can throw some roadkill on the grill and have a go at it...

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I think it looks good. I like the lighter color over the black.
What is the sticker on your front fender?

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Hey there Pete, didja clearcoat it ??

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wondering if he meant "his motorcycle..."

sure, swing on down, we can throw some roadkill on the grill and have a go at it...

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Yo Pete...does that offer go for locals too. Nice looking color combo, like it a lot- especially the flecks. Good job!

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Nice work.

I did not find the first Black offensive at all but as you said, the masses spoke.

This looks really nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For rattle can work, and the abuse it takes in a short period of time, you did great as far as I am concerned.

I know what I will be doing when it starts to look too bad

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Atta boy Pete!

I imagine the pictures don't do it justice....
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thanks, guys

Haven't clearcoated it, because I want touch-up to be easy if I get any rock dings. I'm thinking about putting some 8-mil paint protectant vinyl film over the front-facing surfaces.

I am surprised it came out so well, honestly. I've never done this before, thankfully Duracolor has "video tutorials" on its website, so this PROVES that even a COMPLETE IDIOT can get good results...

And sure, I'd be happy to lend a hand to anyone if they seriously want help...but then again, that offer has always been there to anyone on this forum!

The sticker on the front fender is a deer with the universal circle-and-slash "no" symbol, I had them made a year and a half ago when I lost an argument with bambi over who owned a blind turn in Oklahoma and wrapped my RT around a tree. Seems to work at least as well as those deer whistles...

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Hey Pete,

Was that duplicolor wheel paint ?

If so , that's what I used on my LT lowers as well. Works great huh ?

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... this PROVES that even a COMPLETE IDIOT can get good results...
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Saw it in person today, it looks really good, nice job.

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Now that looks great!!! Love the flake........Pete
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I LOVE the color! But I can't help but think that it's going to look like a rattle-can job in person. (The 4th pic seems to suggest this.)
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I LOVE the color! But I can't help but think that it's going to look like a rattle-can job in person. (The 4th pic seems to suggest this.)

Don't know, does this look like a rattle-can job? (see the last two)

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(Flash inside the garage showed the flake, finally!)
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At 70 mph, no one can tell how fat your checkbook is... glad you saved some $$ doing yourself, Pete? Looks good from here!

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At 70 mph, no one can tell how fat your checkbook is... glad you saved some $$ doing yourself, Pete? Looks good from here!

It's flawed, amateurish, and cheap...just like me!!!


Sandable primer, 1000 grit wetsand paper, metalflake paint...$50

Time spent...three days

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Don't know, does this look like a rattle-can job? (see the last two)

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Looks good Pete...thanks for the better pics. Didn't mean to offend you, just wonderin'...



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Sandable primer, 1000 grit wetsand paper, metalflake paint...$50

Time spent...three days

Learning how to fix up somethin' that brings you a lot of joy and saving $450 in the process, even if it's not perfect?....priceless
Agreed! There's a lot to be said for a man spending some quality time out in the garage with his machine.
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It's flawed, amateurish, and cheap...just like me!!!
Same here, Pete! It's fun to Rube Goldberg things together then stand over it with a HAMMER!

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no blood no foul, my friend

Not offended, Joe!

I took on the 12K service myself the last two weeks because I don't have the $1,200 or so it would cost to have the dealership do it, beat the living hell out of my hands in the process, embarassing to admit but after all was finished and all of the bodywork was back on and I washed and waxed the bike, it would only start, sputter, and stop and at 1am I pulled a muscle in my back pushing the thing backwards up my sloping driveway into the garage because I had to leave at 4am the next morning to catch a flight.

Got really good at removing and installing the tupperware though, and discovered that my problem was a hidden bend in the fuel line underneath the fuel tank that I couldn't see, easily corrected, and now she runs like a charm.

Like the paint job, pros could have done a better job with all of it, in 1/8th the time, without bleeding or cussing, or dropping connectors in the fairing that took ten minutes to find or requiring complete re-disassembly of the freshly mounted fairing for the tenth time to retrieve the power aux jack connector that I forgot over and over, but I actually felt like I accomplished something.

And Saturday I had the privilege of riding with two forum members in the north Dallas area after a great breakfast and lots of "bike talk," found some curves, left a tiny bit of centerstand on a decreasing-radius curve, Garmin said my max speed for the day tickled 98.2 mph (almost the ambient max temp), and my mechanical work held up.

I'm no wizard like many of you on the forum, but I learn a little bit here, a little bit there, and I've come to take great pleasure in small accomplishments at this point in my life, this being one of them. I didn't take your post as a slam by any means (nor did I yours, Ron, in case you are still reading!). For those others on the thread who have never taken a wrench to your own bikes out of intimidation of the things like I've had, I encourage you to give it a try, it's really a liberating, fantastic feeling--much like riding brings you closer to the world than driving a car does, having something to do with keeping the bike going does the same as opposed to paying someone else to do it.

And like I've hinted, thankfully I am ok with "almost perfect" on the cosmetic stuff, as long as I know that the engine, fuel, and brakes are pristine.

Be safe, everyone.



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Are you going to CCR? Sure would like to meet ya. That last post should be a 'must read' for anyone intimidated by working on their machine. And trust me, I know very little about all things mechanically, electrical, and what-not. But God gave me a desire to never stop trying when it comes to this stuff. (And my Dad taught me a thing or two about common sense.) And like you've recently experienced, there are great rewards when you've accomplished what you've set-out to do. And the financial savings can be amazing as well.

No wizard here either Pete. But like my Sophomore chemistry teacher once told me, "It doesn't matter what you know, as much as it matters if you know where to go to get the information that you need.". Great words of advise from a mediocre high-school teacher.
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Sandable primer, 1000 grit wetsand paper, metalflake paint...$50

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Just a couple comments. The 1k grit paper... If you sanded the primer with it you could end up with adhesion problems on the top coat, you want to wet sand primer with 400 grit or at a max 600 grit.
Clear coat with flex agent in it would make the color really stand out, 'cause you can color sand it and buff to a high sheen.
The color looks nice, very uniform coverage too.
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thanks morley, used 320 grit on the primer, 1000 grit on the paint to remove overspray and the "rattle can" effect before rubbing and polishing compound...

dumbass question, is clearcoat labelled as such (i.e. "Clearcoat") or is it clear varnish paint...because I've seen the latter, not the former...

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thanks morley, used 320 grit on the primer, 1000 grit on the paint to remove overspray and the "rattle can" effect before rubbing and polishing compound...

dumbass question, is clearcoat labelled as such (i.e. "Clearcoat") or is it clear varnish paint...because I've seen the latter, not the former...

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Clear coat is labeled as "Clear Top Coat". You wouldn't want to use clear coat out of a can, it goes on too thin and you end up with too many coats of it to get to where you can color sand & buff and it isn't durable.
If you have an air compressor you can get a nice little $17 detail gun from Harbor Freight and get Omni clear top coat and flex agent from any auto paint supply store. Clear is about $20/qt with the activator and the flex agent is $20/pt (don't need to use much of it either) and reducer would be about $5-$10/qt.
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