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So I am in the process of picking up various pieces for my bike:

-carbon fiber windshield
-carbon fiber front fender
-carbon fiber "side triangles"
-Hugger I will need to paint
-Belly pan I will need to paint
-I'm also switching out the front brakes to gsxr 4-pot and stainless steal lines....also looking to go with emulators (did the sonic springs and oil last year)

I have a 06SVs and I want to paint it black with an offset maroon racing stripe...I want to take of the mirrors, bondo the holes, and use bar end mirrors.

So Now i'm trying to pick the colors....I need to check around for a nice maroon...but my real question is what color black should I use. I was thinking about going with a flat black...same color as the frame, I think it would look sick, but I am worried about getting it right since you can't sand after you paint. I was also thinking of going with the black of the wheels...which would allow me to clear coat the bad boy.

What do you guys think? I was thinking I would keep the rearsets silver...but maybe i'll paint them while i'm at it (I would always upgrade to aftermarket stuff later).
 

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A really nice flat-ish black is John Deere Blitz Black. It is durable too (yes, it is originally for painting tractors!). Google it.
 

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is this a home paint job?

If so, I say skip the flat black. It's too hard to get a good durable flat black on a motorcycle. It will get worn and polished in areas and look crappy quickly.

the 07 had a nice maroon color. maybe you could find someone with a set of those plastics that wants to trade with you for yours. All you'd have to do is throw some masking tape down and hit it with the black and DONE!
 

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i say go with a semi-gloss black w/ out clear it will be durable like regular paint without being too glossy
 

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I like the idea of the semi-gloss black.....a buddy of mine has painted cars and stuff and offered to shoot mine with his gun... so it won't be paint bombed.

Any company or semi-gloss black would you recommend?

Thanks for all of the advice.
 

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I picked up the screen cheap....wasn't sure how it was going to look, but will evaluate when I get it...I'm running a tinted double bubble right now. I was going to carry the stripe all the way to the hugger, fender and chin spoiler.

still looking for color on the black....hopefully someone can hook me up with the color number or bike painted with a semi-gloss.

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So I am in the process of picking up various pieces for my bike:

-carbon fiber windshield
-carbon fiber front fender
-carbon fiber "side triangles"
-Hugger I will need to paint
-Belly pan I will need to paint
-I'm also switching out the front brakes to gsxr 4-pot and stainless steal lines....also looking to go with emulators (did the sonic springs and oil last year)

I have a 06SVs and I want to paint it black with an offset maroon racing stripe...I want to take of the mirrors, bondo the holes, and use bar end mirrors.

So Now i'm trying to pick the colors....I need to check around for a nice maroon...but my real question is what color black should I use. I was thinking about going with a flat black...same color as the frame, I think it would look sick, but I am worried about getting it right since you can't sand after you paint. I was also thinking of going with the black of the wheels...which would allow me to clear coat the bad boy.

What do you guys think? I was thinking I would keep the rearsets silver...but maybe i'll paint them while i'm at it (I would always upgrade to aftermarket stuff later).

Please explain this bit of tomfoolery. Sanding is an integral part of painting. You aren't going to get a good outcome if you don't sand. So what are you referring to?

Painting rearsets can be a bad idea--the high amount of friction from your boots rubbing them will remove the paint.

I'm currently painting my bike. You can see my progress here:

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=93619

I'm following the steps I previously posted here:

http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?p=1364343

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I think I understand your statement about not being able to sand after laying FLAT black...You ruin the flat look.
 

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Please explain this bit of tomfoolery. Sanding is an integral part of painting. You aren't going to get a good outcome if you don't sand. So what are you referring to?

I think I understand your statement about not being able to sand after laying FLAT black...You ruin the flat look.
exactly You can't sand the last coat of the flat black otherwise you won't get the finish you want....so you better not have any runs in your final coat or you will be repainting once again

of course you need to sand in between all the other steps...

also I have seen your posts before...I'll keep following
 

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Oh, don't worry about using flat and getting runs.

Put down your (how ever many) coats that are needed for full coverage. Sand between each one so that you can be sure each layer get progressively smoother.

On the last coat, just put on a light layer. On small parts like your bike's body work, it's very easy to avoid runs in paint. The only reason I got them on mine was from negligence and rushing...
 

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Painting rearsets can be a bad idea--the high amount of friction from your boots rubbing them will remove the paint.
Very True...Powder coat your rear set, look on eBay and you can find a craftsman powder coat gun for <$50 and it works great, my room mate and i have PC'ed almost everything on our bikes, if it fits in your oven powder coat it ;)
 

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I did my bike using duplcolor low-gloss black engine enamel. It's oil and gas resistant, quite hard, dries fast, and it's cheap. Also, it dries evenly, even if you don't put it on quite evenly. A lot of matte and satin paints are sensitive to coat thickness. Unless you do a very smooth job applying them, they end up looking patchy. The degree of matteness varies from area to area, or from viewing angle to viewing angle. The dubplicolor seems to self-level (flow into an even coat), and is equally matte from all angles.

The final finish isn't totally matte, it has a degree of specularity but is non-reflective (IE, it shows nice highlights but isn't glossy).



Highly reccomended.
 

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my friend and i painted the engine bay of his camero with farm and fleet semi-gloss black and it looked sweet it wasnt glossy but it wasnt the flat black primer where u rub against it and it leaves a mark
 

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Don't know how well you can see it here, but my heel guard, passenger pegs, radiator cover, mirrors, and headlight bracket are all painted in Rustoleum Professional semi-gloss black. I think it's actually a closer match than flat.

By the way, I painted my daughter's car with Rustoleum and a foam roller. Works better than spray, believe it or not. (Aerosols pick up more dust and debris in the air, especially if you're in the garage and not a paint booth.) Buy the Rustoleum in a can and mix it about 50/50 with mineral spirits. It's thin as water, so the paint "flows" level after a minute or so. Also put a racing stripe on it. If you're going with a stripe, paint it first. Any mistakes you make (i.e. not straight) can be fixed when you lay the base coat. If you want detailed instructions, I can post tomorrow. Just let me know.

Anway, here's the pick.

 

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"I see a red door and I want it painted black"
 

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Hey eisenfaust did you use the ford semi gloss black? i wanted to use the duplicolor engine enamel, and looking at your i know i do now.
 

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Nope, what I used was just straight "low gloss black"
 

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There are 2 stage paint systems for flat black. It's actually just a different kind of clear. Flat clearcoat. You could use all kinds of base colors and top it with the flat clear coat for the desired finish.

When the finish polishes, you can simply sand it down lightly and hit it with another layer of clear. I think they have it in a aerosol can, if you are going that route. Who says you can't clear coat a single stage paint?
 

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If you want detailed instructions, I can post tomorrow. Just let me know.

Jay, I would really appreciate any pointers you have. My buddy has a gun and said he would be willing to take some time and spray this thing up for me. He has shot a couple of cars so he didn't think this would be too bad. I was hoping to do a little more research and ask people what they do...since the guy with the gun isn't exactly up on his "paints" I thought it would be a good idea to find out what you guys would do.

Thanks everyone for your input....you guys are a great resource.
 
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