Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by TonisToo, Oct 5, 2017.
Wow, yes, that sure looks familiar. Spiders were right at home in mine too.
A nice custom paint job will certainly make the bike stand out in a crowd.
Ever think of rattle canning it? Todays high end rattle cans are much better than you think.
Yes, I have actually already tried the front fender to see how it would look. The tank has a couple small dents though. I need to keep in mind the cost versus long term value (based on money spent on the R80 versus any interest from potential buyers). I could save by just repainting the tank the stock color (Helios red) that way I don't need to paint the plastic side covers.
Ever see the Tremclad/roller paint jobs. Some are incredible!
Actually just thinking about it I have a second tank and side pieces. Might be an opportunity to try a couple of techniques. Still a long winter ahead.
70 days until Spring
And it can't come soon enough for me, come on Spring.
I always paint my own stuff with rattle can for a few reasons; I'm a cheap bastard, I really enjoy the process (but do find it stressful, especially when doing designs and wetsanding), allows you to easily touch up any areas later on that may get dinged or banged, can change up the colour when you want for little cost or guilt and I'm a cheap bastard
Even though I'm usually pleased with the results, they are no where near as nice or durable as a well done professional job so it really depends on what type of finish you want. My paint jobs are usually good 5 footers nothing amazing but good enough to make them presentable. If you do decide to spray it yourself you should really use the SprayMax 2K clear coat, its amazing. Its a two part clear that is gas proof so its great for tanks and the shine is amazing. I used it on my MB5 a few years back and the shine is still perfect, even after being covered in dust and dirt for ever. You do need a good respirator when spraying it though. You can get it at Napa.
I've even painted by rolling on Tremclad like in the video Wayne posted. It is a very viable option and at the very least you'll know how to wet sand after
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