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post #1 of 15 Old 07-05-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Plasti Dip recolor

I just got time to post some photos of the repaint/recolor of my 1997 from camo tan color to blaze green using Plasti Dip rattle cans. It required two cans to do fairing (removed to paint), side panels (removed to paint) , fairing flare panels (removed to paint), and tank (done in place with newspaper masking).

A PO had painted the bike bright yellow which I would likely have retained as like to be seen, but the PO had started a camo repaint by sanding and doing a nice job of the tan base coat. Last thing I'm wanting is to blend in so that's been bugging me although I'll admit that the camo would be very much in character for the KLR. Just a taste thing....

I didn't do the rear fender pending how well the Plasti Dip stands up but it will require another can to do that one. I'll likely mask and do it in place also as that will be good enough.

Pardon for the length as trying to provide complete information and since I'm talking to my friends, others are likely best to simply ignore my posts if the attempt to be complete isn't to their taste.

The finish on my panels was a primer type surface rather than slippery plastic as would be the case for a stock panel so don't know how well the Plasti will adhere to stock panels. Others seem to have indicated success...

I'll add some before and after in case the views are useful. The green photos are inside so it might look a bit different in the sun and can add some of those if someone wishes.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwfk078ck6...indscreen3.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7w269xmdgd...an%20color.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e3fraz0w5umqvub/Front.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wf0zohoidj...eft%20side.jpg

Oh, just recalled: I didn't re-sand the surface but just wiped down with Pro Form General Purpose Adhesive Remover. Those with knowledge of refinishing process will likely be able to improve this procedure.

I laid on 4 or 5 coats as per the instructions with a bit over 30 minutes between coats. Temperature was about 75 degrees F.

A bit tired and grumpy today so apologize.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-05-2014, 04:05 PM
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Looks good.
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Please post some pics after some wear and tear. I have read testimonies that off road truck owners will plastic dip their grills and then power wash regularly and the product can stand up to it.
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Looks good, though I wonder how long it will hold up.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-09-2014, 07:47 AM
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One of your images from processing by PhotoBucket, Normk:



Chose this one, because it shows overall effect; impressive bit of work.

Color may be more faithfully produced here:



(Thought direct viewing of your images might be more convenient for some forum readers, in contrast to clicking on the links.)
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Thanks for doing that Damocles. I've reached my uploaded photos limit here so can't do these directly.

Anything which makes information potentially more useful to someone is appreciated.

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Festis, You have no idea how much the power wash reference bugs me. Never one to leave well enough alone, I keep thinking that it would be interesting to power wash mine to see if the "Dip" comes off.

Of course, the intention is to have a more visible bike so finding ways to strip off the "DIP" won't contribute to that end......still... I wonder.

Please don't put temptations in my path. I am weak and prone to ignoring reason.




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Please post some pics after some wear and tear. I have read testimonies that off road truck owners will plastic dip their grills and then power wash regularly and the product can stand up to it.
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I got a better idea. Ship it down here. Me and the NorCal gang will take it on a trip, see how it holds up.

Looks good, man.




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Rats! If I'd only seen your message a bit earlier, the only box big enough wouldn't have just gone on the recycling truck.....


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I got a better idea. Ship it down here. Me and the NorCal gang will take it on a trip, see how it holds up.

Looks good, man.
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Festis, You have no idea how much the power wash reference bugs me. Never one to leave well enough alone, I keep thinking that it would be interesting to power wash mine to see if the "Dip" comes off.

Of course, the intention is to have a more visible bike so finding ways to strip off the "DIP" won't contribute to that end......still... I wonder.

Please don't put temptations in my path. I am weak and prone to ignoring reason
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