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Who had done a complete custom paint job on their bikes? I am thinking of doing so and I am not sure if it is the right thing to do. Here are my concerns:

1. Will it be exactly what I want when done. What if its not?
2. It is worth the $$$?
3. How do I pick the right person to do the job?
4. Will it last or will it flake off?

I would love to hear what others have done and if they regretted it afterwards.

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Who had done a complete custom paint job on their bikes? I am thinking of doing so and I am not sure if it is the right thing to do. Here are my concerns:

1. Will it be exactly what I want when done. What if its not?
2. It is worth the $$$?
3. How do I pick the right person to do the job?
4. Will it last or will it flake off?

I would love to hear what others have done and if they regretted it afterwards.
While my current Road Glide has Harley Paint tins, I had a previous bike custom painted. Questions 1 & 2 all depend upon the painter, shop, and what was agreed upon at time of contract. #3 is going to require your homework. Look and ask other bike and vehicle owners that have had custom paint done several questions like who did it, how much it cost, would they recommend the shop, how long ago was it done, etc. If done right, the paint will last as well as factory. You also need to visit and interview several painters after getting customer feedback. Do they have a spray booth? Can they bake the paint? Describe their sanding process. What about touch-up paint for the colors used? Will you get a rendering before it is complete? This last question will help with ensuring that you get what you want (#2)

Something else to think about - Custom paint makes a vehicle harder to sell. Have you thought about wrapping your bike instead of paint? Hydro (dripping?) is another method of painting that may be less. Do you want totally freeform designs on your bike or stencils to make the bike perfectly the same on either side?
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While my current Road Glide has Harley Paint tins, I had a previous bike custom painted. Questions 1 & 2 all depend upon the painter, shop, and what was agreed upon at time of contract. #3 is going to require your homework. Look and ask other bike and vehicle owners that have had custom paint done several questions like who did it, how much it cost, would they recommend the shop, how long ago was it done, etc. If done right, the paint will last as well as factory. You also need to visit and interview several painters after getting customer feedback. Do they have a spray booth? Can they bake the paint? Describe their sanding process. What about touch-up paint for the colors used? Will you get a rendering before it is complete? This last question will help with ensuring that you get what you want (#2)

Something else to think about - Custom paint makes a vehicle harder to sell. Have you thought about wrapping your bike instead of paint? Hydro (dripping?) is another method of painting that may be less. Do you want totally freeform designs on your bike or stencils to make the bike perfectly the same on either side?


Thanks for the reply. I started asking the questions about painters and I get the smile and "good luck". I know I need to keep asking. I honestly did not think about having it rendered first, great suggestion! For what I have in mind, it would be freeform and not perfect anywhere. As for resale, I am thinking this is my last bike. (yes, I know, we all say that) I just think it would be cool to have a bike that is truly unique.

Again, thanks for the words of wisdom, it has certainly given me more to think about and I definitely would like a rendering done now!
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Many insurers have a option to cover custom paint. Make sure your's does.
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Many insurers have a option to cover custom paint. Make sure your's does.

Cool, did not know this either. Thanks for the info!

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Hardest part of custom paint is picking who and what you want. I decided years ago when my buddy got too busy to keep painting my bikes and I wasnt going to pay for what some of the local painters wanted and decided to try my hand at it. Very zen and kind of fun to design and see your work come to life. Although it's kind addictive to change things up so I dont always recommend lol.
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one thing to think about with custom paint - what happens if you get a ding/dent or need a part replaced? my cvo wasn't exactly 'custom' paint, but it was $1100 to replace a front fender after I hit a deer last October.

there's a reason why the bike I have now is vivid black.....

but, I can respect custom paint, and i'll look at it all day long.
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Just a thought, my brother in Iowa is a custom painter, can do about anything you want and top quality. you can view some of it on Instagram under ampair9 (Shane Vigil). He just told me he doesn't put everything on there but if you want to see something specific, you could message him, or me with your contact info and get you touch. Last year he did a street rod golf car for Bill Murray. I've had him do a couple of bikes, 100% happy. And he's done things for other friends of mine. He currently works for Street Rod Golf Cars, you can view some work there too, and he has his own shop at home. (and no I don't get anything from him for this, just possibly helping out a fellow biker/s and a brother)
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Just a thought, my brother in Iowa is a custom painter, can do about anything you want and top quality. you can view some of it on Instagram under ampair9 (Shane Vigil). He just told me he doesn't put everything on there but if you want to see something specific, you could message him, or me with your contact info and get you touch. Last year he did a street rod golf car for Bill Murray. I've had him do a couple of bikes, 100% happy. And he's done things for other friends of mine. He currently works for Street Rod Golf Cars, you can view some work there too, and he has his own shop at home. (and no I don't get anything from him for this, just possibly helping out a fellow biker/s and a brother)

Thanks for the info and I will definitely take a look. Not sure how it would work with him being in Iowa though.

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one thing to think about with custom paint - what happens if you get a ding/dent or need a part replaced? my cvo wasn't exactly 'custom' paint, but it was $1100 to replace a front fender after I hit a deer last October.

there's a reason why the bike I have now is vivid black.....

but, I can respect custom paint, and i'll look at it all day long.

Again, another thing I did not consider. The only time a bike of mine has gone down or gotten dinged is by a Harley shop guy dropping my bike and then my wife dropping a 2x4 on a fender once.

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