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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-03-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Paint entire bike with Blitz Black Questions

I did a search in this forum to read up on the JDBB. I am converting my 2005 FLHTCI to a Roadglide. It is coming along pretty well. My bike is two tone, chopper blue and silver. I thought I could cheap out and paint the fairing and new front fender chopper blue. I'm kinda not liking that too much. First off, a friend was helping me out and the paint is not a dead on match. Second, it kinda looks funny with the silver blob on the side of the tank. I was planning on saving up for a nicer paint job next winter, but don't want the bike to look freaky until then. So my choices now are:

1. Ride it like it is for a year.
2. Paint the bike Blitz Black or some other hotrod type black.
3. Paint the tank to match the fairing.

I'm leaning towards number 2. Paint the bike. I have a big 80gal air compressor and reasonably clean air. I have a Devilbiss Finishline paint gun. Is it really as simple as scuffing the paint, sanding down the two tone areas and rolling with Blitz Black, or should I seal the whole thing first? How much paint is too much paint to have on the fairing? I started off as Red, is now blue and will go to one more color if I change the color.

Here is a pic of the partially assembled bike.

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Paint the rest of it to match what you've done to the front. Then again, I'm partial to blue as I own 3 blue trucks. lol

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Oh, I forgot to mention that due to RG conversion money is really tight!
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Paint the tank Blue to match the fairing.....gotta be the least expensive option at this point. Ride that blue machine until you have enough $$$ to do a custom paint job that suits you better.

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Paint the tank Blue to match the fairing.....gotta be the least expensive option at this point. Ride that blue machine until you have enough $$$ to do a custom paint job that suits you better.
Agreed! Plus it looks like a really good blue!! (though it doesn't match at all)

Paint everything else the blue and rock it for a while

My concern with painting everything with that tractor paint would be, how "stable" is it as a substrate when you would paint over it in the future, I don't know I don't know how (or even if) it would react to the thinners in a "real" paint job. Just some thing to think about or maybe look into

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Put it together and ride it until you can paint it the way you want.
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Agreed! Plus it looks like a really good blue!! (though it doesn't match at all)

Paint everything else the blue and rock it for a while

My concern with painting everything with that tractor paint would be, how "stable" is it as a substrate when you would paint over it in the future, I don't know I don't know how (or even if) it would react to the thinners in a "real" paint job. Just some thing to think about or maybe look into
+2, or it it 3??


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If you do decide to go all black use the SEM "Hotrod Flats" catalyzed low gloss black with a good epoxy primer under it so your future jobs will have a fighting chance of not blowing up on you wrinkling as they go over tractor enamel.

If you want that chopper blue to match perfectly use PPG Chopper Blue Pearl B/C 908588 base coat and clear. This isn't a tricoat color and it's quite easy to shoot.


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Thanks for the help fellers. So assuming I was going to go with the SEM Hotrod paint, what primer would go best with that? When should I start worry about material thickness? How many coats is too many?

So wash with soap and water, then wax and grease, then scuff, epoxy primer, finally the hot rod black?
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PPG DP90LF black epoxy primer is the ultimate primer/sealer, two medium coats is all you need.

Film build issues depend a lot on how the previous jobs were prepped/shot, I've seen factory two tone jobs where they didn't scuff the previous coat and it would peel just by putting tape on it. Also just had a factory CVO job in for repair and you could see where one bag got ran back thru the paint line four different times! Sanded down it looked like rings on a tree.


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