Vader's Bike Paint Job
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Here starts the description of the paint job. I'll show steps along the way, and tell you what I did. This is in no way a "Step-by-step Instructional", more like a "Here is how I did it, I hope it helps you."
I'll start by showing the bike "almost" as I got it. I haven't changed the paint, just some accessories.
Now starts the process of preparing for the paint. From what I have learned, the beginning steps are the most crucial. If it doesn't look good here, paint will just make it that much worse.
I started by sanding everything with 400 grit sandpaper. The basic idea is to remove the protective layer. As a friend who was helping me with this said, if you drop water on it, it should NOT bring the shine back. The water should "fade" away. Here are some pictures of some of the parts as they came off the bike.
As you can see, I had a lot to sand. Here is what they looked like when I was completely finished sanding.
After I had everything sanded with the 400 grit, we went over it one more time with a 220, to rough it up a little. Give the primer something to stick to. We also filled any obvious imperfections in with bondo now. We had a spot on the front fender that was dented in a little. We went ahead and filled it in now, before the primer.
Now we start the painting process. First the primer coat.......
We wet-sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper after the primer was dry for 2 reasons. 1) to start making the parts smooth for the paint, and 2) to find any imperfections, like scratches or dings. We filled in the imperfections using bondo to fill any scratches. We sanded the bondo smooth and then re-primed the parts. Here are some pics.
We wet-sanded the primer again, still looking for imperfections. Any dings, scratches, bumps, etc. can be fixed now, but once the paint is on, you have to strip it and start over. Take the time and have the parts looking just right here, to save you time & heart-ache later.
Just my personal opinion, I'd rather have to prime & sand 10 times and have it right, then save me 1 day and have the paint job not looking good.
Next the paint. (I sound like a kids show don't I? I'll have to fix that.)
Unfortunatly, I don't have any pics of the paint actually being applied for 2 reasons, 1) I didn't want paint on my camera, and 2) a friend was helping me paint at his house and he worked on it while I wasn't there.
That's it. If you look at the pictures, it doesn't look like much was accomplpished, but overall, the effect of the new paint made a huge difference. I am very pleased.