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Newbie rider with an '08 grey SV650. I want to tint the windscreen the same color as the body. I couldn't find spray paint thats plastic friendly in that color. But I did find a close enough match spray paint at home depot. But it doesn't say how well it sprays on plastic. Anybody have any idea if this would work or suggestions? Do you think it would even look good?
 

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i have a friend with a red 929rr. he painted his to match. looks nice, just make sure you paint the back. :)
 

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What you need to do is take a scotch brite pad or high grit sand paper and scuff/sand the plastic. Paint has a hard time adhering to something as slick as a windshield. After you scuff/sand it, wash it and let it dry. After you spray it use some clear coat so the bugs and stones wont chip any off of it.... and that should do it. If you sand it, any spray paint will work. But your effects will be irreversible and the windshield will be opaque. Grey tint shouldn't be too hard to find, I'd check autozone or someplace that has cheap accessories for vehicles, just in case you don't like the turnout.
 

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I'm usually not a fan of the color matching windshield but I have a feeling it will look good with that color.

As for the paint, just make sure you prep it correctly (as SB01 said). You can also get some adhesion promoter (duplicolor has some that I used on my plastics) to spray on as a primer.
 

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You don't paint the front anyway, so there isn't any need to worry about clearcoat or whatever. Usually you paint it from behind and then paint it black on top so it is black on the side you face while sitting on the motorcycle.

IMHO it looks terrible (similar to spike windscreen bolts) and you can't see through it which really sucks. My bike came with a painted screen and I really didn't like it. I bought a tinted screen for under $30 and it was so much nicer.
 

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You don't paint the front anyway, so there isn't any need to worry about clearcoat or whatever. Usually you paint it from behind and then paint it black on top so it is black on the side you face while sitting on the motorcycle.

IMHO it looks terrible (similar to spike windscreen bolts) and you can't see through it which really sucks. My bike came with a painted screen and I really didn't like it. I bought a tinted screen for under $30 and it was so much nicer.
He's saying he wants to paint the front to match the bike. I agree with painting the back black to match the instrument panels and such.
 

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He's saying he wants to paint the front to match the bike. I agree with painting the back black to match the instrument panels and such.
The screen is clear. Paint one coat of the color you like on the backside.

Let dry. Color will show through front.

Paint over it with black.

That seems like it would work and look better than painting the front.


Either way you can't see anything through it which is pretty dumb.
 

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I have the Puig double-bubble, and even when I tuck down I don't look "through" the screen. Painting it a solid color shouldn't have any effect on visibility.
 

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The screen is clear. Paint one coat of the color you like on the backside.

Let dry. Color will show through front.

Paint over it with black.

That seems like it would work and look better than painting the front.


Either way you can't see anything through it which is pretty dumb.
That would work, but wouldn't be the same as painting the front. Could always try that first and then paint the front if it's not satisfactory.

I have the Puig double-bubble, and even when I tuck down I don't look "through" the screen. Painting it a solid color shouldn't have any effect on visibility.
+1 - I love the Puig (dark smoke) on my SV. I see no reason to keep the windscreen clear unless you want to mount a camera behind it (or if you just like it that way). It is difficult to get low enough to see through it anyway, and I would go so far as to say that doing so would be bad riding practice. I have attempted a few times on the ST4S just to try it, and it makes me uncomfortable.
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm gonna try the RC car spray paint and see if I can get a color match. And I will paint the inside and see how it looks with just the one color. Good thing that windscreens don't cost very much if the paint job doesn't work out. I'll post pics when I'm done.
 

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Good luck to you. I'm not optimistic and frankly it seems more like a 'busa crowd move. I don't think it will last because you can't use primer on the bottom side and if you paint the top it'll be prone to chips whether or not you use clear.
 
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