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    Interested in feedback on the procedure for painting plastic parts on bike----fender, side panels. Any advice or recommendations on who does this in Vermont would be great.

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    Fusion rattle can practice on some buckets

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    On the bike... as in you don't want to take them off?

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    No, they will come off. I suppose I could do it myself, but it is not my forte. Any insights on prepping to finish would be welcome...

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    Just did a fender myself. It was the first time so I got plenty of advice from the paint pro`s at the paint shop and watched some u-tube stuff that helped. Prep is everything. 600 grit and go slow on bare plastic.Them prime carefully. First coat of color may show some imperfections. Fix them and apply a second coat of color. If all looks good start with first layer of clearcoat. U can wet sand w 600 again between coats for a perfect job . Then you can put on one or two more coats of clear if you like a little more depth to the finish. If this sounds complicated it isn`t. I did it in my garage and never had done it before and I got quotes from 150 to 200 dollars for the same job a ZX6 front fender. I figure it cost me 75.00 and my labor and I have enough left to do the plastics complete at the end of the season if I want.

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    I just sprayed for my first time recently. Prep work is most important. After you primer whatever it is that you're painting, spray only in light coats like every 10-20 minutes depending on how hot it is outside. The piece in the pictures still needs a wet sanding, but you get the idea.




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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    if they were mine i'd take them off and ship them to empiregp.com

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    Duplicolor big truck cans is fine you should get away with a can of each for like $35

    spray color and clear.light enough so surface looks damp, by the 3rd coat in 10 minute shine will develop.
    solvents in top coat dissolve all the way down so shine "develops" as it slowly flows

    Clear I use is minwax urethane clear varnish SEEMS to be gas resistant. I spray outside then walk it inside to minimize stank

    Paint a man, color him for a day, teach a man to paint ......

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    I followed the procedure listed above but recommend going down to 1000 grit then machine buffing to really see the depth of shine.
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    pm me for my cell # and i'll walk you through options and procedures.. i'll help you out any way i can

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    Re: painting plastic on bike

    wow that looks great!

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