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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2008, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Which paint to use?

I'm going to paint my side panels black soon, I have a few questions? After reading this and other forums it seems that people are having a problem getting the paint to dry and stick well. I have been thinking about using the paints that model car builders use, they are designed to used on plastic. I was think of scuffing the panels up with OO steel wool. Doing a primer coat first, 2 or 3 coats of black color, and then 4 to 5 coats of clear coat. Do you guys think this will work?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-12-2008, 09:47 PM
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I'm planning an Acerbis fender and want to paint it to match the rest of my fast red one. I've checked a couple of threads, but nothing really jumps out. Any experience?
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-13-2008, 12:39 AM
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Find some paint that can be used on ABS plastic and it should be fine.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-13-2008, 07:06 PM
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I used rust-o-leum universal when I painted my bike black. It has held up well so far, about 2 months so far.

I have also heard good things about krylon fusion.

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I picked up some Valspar plastic primer and plastic paint at Lowe's with decent results. I topped it off with a flat clear coat.

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Good looking ride.

Reading about the Krylon Fusion. Sounds as if it should work pretty good with proper prep. Friend says the Acerbis red is really Kawa red. We'll see.
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I picked up some Valspar plastic primer and plastic paint at Lowe's with decent results. I topped it off with a flat clear coat.

Hey, I really like that tail box you have on there - what is it / where did you get it?
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I got it at a local outdoorsman mart for $50. It was advertised as a dual pistol case.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-07-2008, 11:26 AM
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Nice job, thanks for the reply - I was planning on checking the local outdoor sports places but will now also check in the gun section!
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