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Old 02-28-2009, 08:46 PM   #46
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Do you absolutely have to sand the high build primer? What ill effects does this have if you don't sand the high build? I'm painting some small parts and properly sanding is next to impossible...

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Old 03-01-2009, 02:12 AM   #47
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Do you absolutely have to sand the high build primer? What ill effects does this have if you don't sand the high build? I'm painting some small parts and properly sanding is next to impossible...

Please elaborate.

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your paint will fall off! high build primer MUST be sanded for proper adhesion.

so on those areas where you can't sand, you just use the etch primer, and skip the high build.

I would also probably use a skim coat of BULLDOG spray, which is usually used as a plastic adhesion promoter, but you can also use it as whats called a "tie coat", that is, a coat of sticky adhesion promoter so your paint has something you don't need to sand to stick to, and in a rattle can, that's about your only choice.

but really, you just take tiny pieces of sandpaper, or one of those sanding sponges, or just roll a sandpaper "doobie" and you'd be surprised at what you can get at sanding.
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:20 AM   #48
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Materials and Costs to paint a standard 7-piece Sportbike.

- Adhesion Promoter.....1 cans. $24.24. Bulldog. (KLE ETP0123B)
- High Etch Primer......1 cans. $15.65. U-Pol #8 Acid Etch Primer. (UPO 741)
- High Build Primer...2-3 cans. $15.44. U-Pol #5 High Build Primer. (UPO 763)
- Guide Coat............1 cans. .$8.53. U-Pol Guide Coat(UPO 2043)
- Base Coat...........3-4 cans. .$5.04. U-Pol Power Can - Gloss Black (UPO 803)
- Clear Coat..........4-6 cans. $15.15. U-Pol #1 Clear Coat (UPO 796)

Total: $205.80 + $30.19 shipping to CA + $15.95 tax.
Total: $251.94
* Calculation of total used highest number of cans (3 high build primer, 4 basecoat, 6 clear coat). Prices as of 3/1/2009.

Prices and product codes are from http://www.tcpglobal.com.

I used the number of cans specified in this thread and one of Rekon's older thread.
The numbers are estimates and might be slightly off.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:39 AM   #49
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Materials and Costs to paint a standard 7-piece Sportbike.

- Adhesion Promoter.....1 cans. $24.24. Bulldog. (KLE ETP0123B)
- High Etch Primer......1 cans. $15.65. U-Pol #8 Acid Etch Primer. (UPO 741)
- High Build Primer...2-3 cans. $15.44. U-Pol #5 High Build Primer. (UPO 763)
- Guide Coat............1 cans. .$8.53. U-Pol Guide Coat(UPO 2043)
- Base Coat...........3-4 cans. .$5.04. U-Pol Power Can - Gloss Black (UPO 803)
- Clear Coat..........4-6 cans. $15.15. U-Pol #1 Clear Coat (UPO 796)

Total: $205.80 + $30.19 shipping to CA + $15.95 tax.
Total: $251.94
* Calculation of total used highest number of cans (3 high build primer, 4 basecoat, 6 clear coat). Prices as of 3/1/2009.

Prices and product codes are from http://www.tcpglobal.com.

I used the number of cans specified in this thread and one of Rekon's older thread.
The numbers are estimates and might be slightly off.
compared to:
Reducer=galon=$25
Sealer+hardener=quart=$70
High Build Primer+activator=quart=$50
Basecoat=quart=$100
Clearcoat+activator=quart=$80
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Total=$325
+compressor rental=$50 a day, plus $500 deposit (cc card ok)

DECENT spray gun=$50-$250
hoses, in line water traps, fittings, etc= $200
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Approx. total out of pocket cost:
$600
(not including the refundable comp deposit)

so it might seem like alot when you compare it to el cheepo rattle cans, BUT you get truly professional results, and a paint job that LASTS for YEARS, instead of weeks.

thanks for taking the time to post that, it really helps put all this into perspective
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:04 PM   #50
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Thanx for the article. I am going to try this process on my bike, but I have a couple of questions.
1. Have you ever used Alsa killer cans? I am told these are the best.
2. For priming, do I have to use an etch primer or can I go stright tgh build primer?
3. For primers again, you talk about the U-POL primers, but what is a good SEM primer? My local dealer only sells the SEM products.

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Old 03-18-2009, 09:50 PM   #51
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I have only used the chrome paint, and it was a pint of the stuff, not the newer spray cans:


thats a fiberglass tank, btw, NOT aluminum ( I know, cool huh?)

ALSA seems to have a decent clear (they say "2K", but I see no red button, like on the spraymax clear?), and some nice "effect" colors, but no primers that I see, but I know their stuff is top quality though, so I'd feel safe ordering it.

SEM makes all the same stuff, just a slightly lower quality grade than U-Pol, and probably not as good as those ALSA spray cans either, but it'll work,.....use the same products, etch, high build, plastic adhesion promoter, etc,...

the ETCH primer, grips the surface you spray it on with acid etching action (millions of microscopic "sanding marks"), so it REALLY helps with the chipping later on,...you can choose to omit the etch step if you like, BUT your paint job wont last anywhere near as long.

it's kinda like the foundation to a house: build a crappy foundation, and you get a crappy house, so I'd use the etch, but thats me.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:04 PM   #52
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Reckon, great job writing up a difficult topic. One quick question, is the list posted by mike23w all the materials I would need to paint (obviously changing colors to suit my needs)? I hate to ask for a shopping list, but I think it would suck more to get halfway done with my practice piece then realize I was missing something crucial. As for a practice piece, I think Im gonna use my helmet. That way if it turns out good it will match. Also, what is the best way to remove paint from the fairings? Thanks in advance.

Here is what I just bought today:
1 SEM 15083 - SEM VINYL COLOR COAT SILVER $11.26
3 UPO 791 - HB#5 GRAY SPRAY PRIMER $46.32
1 KLE ETP0123B - BULLDOG PAINT ADHERE 15oz $24.24
1 UPO 741 - ACID ETCH #8 PRIMER $15.65
1 UPO 2043 - GUIDE COAT $8.53
2 SEM 15163 - PRESIDIO SPRAY $22.52
2 SEM 15053 - SEM VINYL COATING GRANITE $22.52
5 UPO 796 - CLEAR #1 CLEAR COAT $75.75
1 KUS KB-HR - 9" HALF ROUND SANDING STICK $19.96
1 KUS CMF1830 - 18" x 30' CLEAR MASKING FILM $24.95
Shipping & Handling (UPS GROUND) : $40.68
Tax (AR) : $0.00
Total: $312.38

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Old 03-21-2009, 08:59 AM   #53
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Reckon, great job writing up a difficult topic. One quick question, is the list posted by mike23w all the materials I would need to paint (obviously changing colors to suit my needs)?
Rekon's the man so he should answer this...

But from his article you may want a paint suit and respirator.
And maybe materials to repair fairings/plastics.

I reformatted Rekon's excellent post and put it up in the Test Forum:
Reformatted paint article

I didn't change any of the content just structured it differently. I put each section into it's own "block" or paragraph for easy scanning.

Rekon,
Hope you don't mind my reformatting the article. I tried to attribute it to you and make very clear it's all your work and effort. Plus I posted in the test section so it would be discrete. If you want me to take it down, please send a PM me. I actually spent quite a bit of time formatting the article; but considering the amazing information that you provided I think it was worth the effort (for me at least since I learned a lot). Also, I think (but am not positive) after a few weeks the posts in the Test Forum will automatically be purged and deleted.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:58 AM   #54
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Rekon's the man so he should answer this...

But from his article you may want a paint suit and respirator.
And maybe materials to repair fairings/plastics.

I reformatted Rekon's excellent post and put it up in the Test Forum:
Reformatted paint article

I didn't change any of the content just structured it differently. I put each section into it's own "block" or paragraph for easy scanning.

Rekon,
Hope you don't mind my reformatting the article. I tried to attribute it to you and make very clear it's all your work and effort. Plus I posted in the test section so it would be discrete. If you want me to take it down, please send a PM me. I actually spent quite a bit of time formatting the article; but considering the amazing information that you provided I think it was worth the effort (for me at least since I learned a lot). Also, I think (but am not positive) after a few weeks the posts in the Test Forum will automatically be purged and deleted.
not at ALL,......great job,...and it needed it,.....

I'm going to re-post your version, giving you credit for the editing (if you dont mind)

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #55
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Any experience with crinkle paint? I'm thinking about putting some on the lower part of my tank, where my legs will rub. How does it hold up? Is it possible to use some kind of clear coat over it? Thanks
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:58 AM   #56
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Do you have any tips on how to get a nice even clear coat? Is it better to go all the way across the part I am painting with one continuos stroke (like when you use a spray gun) or strokes that are shorter (like you do with regular spray paint)?
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:13 AM   #57
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so please forgive my ignorance....i know nothing about painting anything,
but if i were to follow these same steps but using a gun and compressor
would it work? are there any unnecessary steps when using a gun?
also is there anything i should know about using a paint gun that many people dont know?
sorry for the broad questions
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:48 PM   #59
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Thanks Reckon, I'm impressed!

Ok I know I'm not from the Bay area, but I just had to leave a comment, I'm currently living in Layton Utah (not native). It was a Phantom Silver color now its a red-orange color.

I followed everything to the T and it came out far better than expected, the only thing however is that the color is from Duplicolor (I know boo) but I wanted a red-orange color, everything else is U-Pol (I think I fell in love with this stuff!) - Clear#1, Acid#8 High build#5 and adhesion promoter for the plastic side covers.
Please ignore the stupid date stamp on the camera, its an old cheap one and doesn't retain the date settings.

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Hmm, I will need new front tires soon.





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Old 04-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #60
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Sorry for not being "clearer."

The tank didn't need painting, so I painted the fairings using the SEM, but only cleared the red,silver and white so the black matched the matte finish of the tank.
Do you have any problem with it chipping or crazing is gas get's on it. I used the same stuff on my duke and I have those problems.
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