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One last question: How long typically does the clear take to dry? My wife want's her car back in the garage. lol
 

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Yea. The next time I will go with heavier coats, but I'm pleased.
By the time you get some decals on it and a Tank protector it will be way better than as you say the job the PO did :)

Also once cured after say month or so you can T-cut it/ Compound polish it if you want but as always do a test section out-of-sight.
 
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I love metal flake especially bass boat flake :) Bought a new Toyota P/U a couple of months ago, went for the cement gray and ended with magnetic gray, saw it in the sun and had to get it.
 

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One last question: How long typically does the clear take to dry? My wife want's her car back in the garage. lol
A while...it's going to be soft for at least a few days, maybe longer, and isn't going to be fully cured for a month. Warm temps will speed up the process.

Best way to know if new paint is fully cured is to smell it. Cured paint has no smell - so if you can smell solvents it's not fully cured.
 

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A while...it's going to be soft for at least a few days, maybe longer, and isn't going to be fully cured for a month. Warm temps will speed up the process.

Best way to know if new paint is fully cured is to smell it. Cured paint has no smell - so if you can smell solvents it's not fully cured.
Wow, I had no idea it took that long. Well I have a lot of maintenance things to do to her before riding again.
 

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It's interesting, I complained yesterday of some unevenness in the metal flakes in some areas after laying the clear. I was hoping the clear would cover it, but it didn't. But looking at the tank this morning, the unevenness seems to have largely cleared up.

Taken yesterday after the clear. See the spot at the rear left side of the tank (near the reflection of the florescent bulbs) where metallic flakes are blotchy?
Automotive lighting Idiophone Automotive design Automotive tire Motor vehicle


This is a pic I took this morning showing the blotchiness has largely corrected itself.

Automotive tire Fluid Fender Automotive exterior Gas


Here's another angle. Yesterday:

Vehicle Automotive lighting Motor vehicle Automotive design Fender


This morning:

Automotive tire Fender Gas Musical instrument Automotive exterior


Crazy stuff. The metallic flake gremlins seem to have straightened themselves out overnight. I'm happy. Not perfect, but 90+%.
 

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Looking good IMHO. Way better than it was. I don't know if it's the same in your State in the US but here in the UK when we change colour on a vehicle like Motorcycles or cars we have to send in the V5 form ( Vehicle registration document) with the colour change or it might even be possible on-line now.

Over here we have lots of Speed cameras that also have ANPR ( Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and the coppers also have them in their cars so can soon see if there's something not right and give them a reason for pull ?
 
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Over here we have lots of Speed cameras that also have ANPR ( Automatic Number Plate Recognition)
The joy of Big Brother looking over your shoulder at every turn. In my area they tried the speed camera thingys, and they were shot down in court for entrapment.

Interesting about filing a color change with the state. I think I'll lake my chances. Who knows, I enjoyed the painting process enough, I may change the colors a few more times.

Happy New Year my friend!
 

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The joy of Big Brother looking over your shoulder at every turn. In my area they tried the speed camera thingys, and they were shot down in court for entrapment.

Happy New Year my friend!
On the flip side the cameras have helped people find stolen Motorcycles and cars :)

Where I live once I get out of the urban area, which isn't far, I can ride at the legal speed limits plus sales-tax<grin>
 
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Damn Salty, that looks fantastic. Nice shine on the silver, and the decals are perfect. Nice bike by and by.

Also, congrats on the win. It was not unexpected, but they put up a pretty good fight (but not #4 in the country fight). Bulldog/Wolverines I think will be a better game. Go Wolverdogs!
 

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Finally got her back together. I think the difference is remarkable. Thanks for all your help guys. Now all I need are some side frame covers (gone when I bought it), new blinkers, brake pads and lines...nevermind.

Went for a ride and she's purring like a kitten. All's good.

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Good Job! I still have NO idea why the silver would not shine. Obviously you were able to apply the clear in a way that it went on wet enough to lay down pretty decent. A pat on the back for you. I know you did good for a first try.
Be very, very careful about getting gas on the paint. Especially for a few weeks. Yes, spray can paint takes a long time to cure enough to be chemical resistant at all.
 

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Thanks shelby. I'm quite pleased with the results. I'll heed your warning about the gas.
 

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Thanks Bern. Yours is also coming along quite nicely. Sounds great!
 

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Wow, that looks good, I hope it cures up well and hard over the next couple of weeks. I agree with Strat about polishing it, it would no doubt benefit from that. What plans do you have for tank grips, if any? I recently pulled my clear Stompgrips for the third time. I like the grip, but I guess I push a lot with my knees when I ride and they just wouldn't stay put. I decided to try surfboard foam - it hasn't arrived yet but I will report back how it goes on and if it stays in place. I ordered it in a really cool color combo for my (blue) bike: it's like a black/white/blue speckled camo pattern. They had a black/white that would probably look awesome on that silver.
 

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Wow, that looks good, I hope it cures up well and hard over the next couple of weeks. I agree with Strat about polishing it, it would no doubt benefit from that. What plans do you have for tank grips, if any? I recently pulled my clear Stompgrips for the third time. I like the grip, but I guess I push a lot with my knees when I ride and they just wouldn't stay put. I decided to try surfboard foam - it hasn't arrived yet but I will report back how it goes on and if it stays in place. I ordered it in a really cool color combo for my (blue) bike: it's like a black/white/blue speckled camo pattern. They had a black/white that would probably look awesome on that silver.


Might want to try Tech Spec tank pads, we have used them for years on multiple bikes with good success, never moved. Removed them from a bike, installed new adhesive (3M sheet) and reinstalled after a re-paint.
 

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I was going to go with the TechSpecs, but I've had them on previous bikes and wasn't super happy with the feel. They didn't move, which was key, but they never thrilled me. Stomps are my favorite when they stay in place. My hope is that the foam will have a better feel and conform to the contours of my tank a little better than my previous grips. If not, I'll just buy the TechSpecs; the foam is only $15, and could do a couple of bikes.
 
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