Some of you may remember when I dropped my bike several times at Windmill Canyon last fall and scratched the fairings up.
About a month or so ago, I installed the SW Motech engine guards and figured it was time to re-paint the fairings.
(just prior to buying the Kawi, I'd bought a 500cc Honda Shadow with a real nice paint job. Brand new paint job and it turned out the painter had forgotten to add hardener to the clear coat. When it got a bit of gas on it, the clear coat turned into goo and made an awful mess. Before I could sell it - the bike was physically too small for me - I had to paint it and it cost almost $600 at a local auto body shop)
I've never painted anything with other than a rattle can in my life, so thought it might be interesting to try painting them myself. Did lots of on-line research and - long story short - bought a Tool Force AC-1 HVLP gun for about $30.
Then went to the paint specialist at the local NAPA store and he set me up with the correct color in the Acme "Finish 1" system.
It took 3 days, all told, with sanding, etc. and I practiced with a regular enamel paint on scrap metal until I had a bit of a feel for it......then went after the fairings.
It went extremely well and I was really jazzed when done. The tank of the bike is black and looks really nice but it had some small scratches and that shiny black is almost impossible to keep clean.
I had some silver left over, so thought , "WTH" and went after the tank. I'll tell ya folks, that clear coat shines like a coat of glass in the sun and that little el-cheapo Tool Force gun did a beautiful job.
I looked that gun over very carefully when cleaning up and can't imagine how they could build it that cheaply, even in China. The machining and finish are 1st class. I figure that discounting the price of the gun and materials, (a little over $100) I saved close to $500 and learned something at the same time. I "really" like it. Here's the old and the new.. .......
Some of you have seen my picture stories on line at www.gogittum.com/blog
. I made a full story out of this, too, but haven't published it yet. If you'd like to read it, email me and I'll forward it to you........biglar (at) gogittum.com