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post #1 of 9 Old 07-30-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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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.. .......



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post #2 of 9 Old 07-30-2013, 02:11 AM
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Looks good, biglar!

...but it also looks a little too clean. Get that bike out and get some dust / dirt on it!

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-30-2013, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Looks good, biglar!

...but it also looks a little too clean. Get that bike out and get some dust / dirt on it!
But it's freshly painted. Gimmee a few days.
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Does look good! Glad to hear the little HVLP worked out well for you .
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-30-2013, 01:38 PM
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Nice work.




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Looks great Lar! I'm thinking a little stripe or decaling to set it off?

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Looks great Lar! I'm thinking a little stripe or decaling to set it off?

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Yah, I think so, too, but what ?? I'm one of those who knows what he likes when he sees it. Make it that way myself ?? Not a chance.
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The bike looks good, biglar. I'm impressed with your skills and effort.



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post #9 of 9 Old 08-02-2013, 11:17 AM
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Hi Lar!
You might try getting a set of Kawi decals, they're not too pricy, then use bits and pieces. Play with different arrangements by scotch taping in place before permanently applying them.
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