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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Considering factory paint set or custom paint...

Is the additional cost of the paint set and possibly longer turn around time balance out the cost of custom paint from a shop? I'm thinking about fairly simple scheme, maybe one color with a stripe, etc. What's a fair price on a custom job like that?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 05:17 PM
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was recently quoted 2200 - 2700 for a single color PPG job.

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Between factory set or custom paint, custom since can make one of a kind. Although simple may be some pin stripes along the bike lines.
But dealing with a paint shop could be PIA.
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A lot of "depends on" questions. If you are comfortable taking the skins off and putting them on you can save some $. Easy to do just take your time. Are the decals painted on or older model graphics that require complete sanding ? if you are doing the swap you probably don't care - if not it does matter when it comes to time and cost. Consider too if you do the swap and need repairs how much effort and time will it take to correct. The time of year also has an impact - is it peak season or off peak for the paint shop? I had the same concerns and looked at swap and local custom - my choice was local after visiting many shops and getting a feel for the shop and the person who would be undertaking the task. I did the removals and installs and had day to day conversations and reviews of the work (check my page if you want to see the work). If you were local to me I know who I would recommend and what price range to expect. Bottom line - decide on which approach you want to take and shop shop shop. Good luck and post pics so the members of the Tank can appreciate.

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will do, thanks for the input! I think I'm gonna go the custom paint route! Thinking some kind of dark blue with my already black powder coated metal chrome parts. Pics will be inbound.
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I went the custom paint route, my painter took a lot longer than he promised, but in the end I'm happy. I picked the color design and kind of paint, so I doubt if there's another bike exactly like mine. BTW I went with House of Kolor paint, not cheap, but good quality and some really nice colors.

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I'm in the same category. Good luck with your decision.


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this might make your decision easier:

if you go with the factory limited paint sets, by the time you buy the tins, the fairing, the saddlebags, the tourpack, you will be into the paint set for almost $10,000 you can get a hella custom job for that.

I understand the concept of reality, but find it too confining for a way of life.

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