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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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painting engine and wheels?

after long debate and looking at some of the older bikes, i am starting to grow fond of the "painted" rims and looks like "painted" engine block. Now is this tarnish, or is it really paint?

2nd, i am looking at making some custom pipes, like in the next year or 2. i cant tell very well with the heat shield, but header paint should paint the pipes well right? I figure it will be cheaper than chrome, and will give more of a dragster look. plus its easier to keep clean and gives a unique look :P

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after long debate and looking at some of the older bikes, i am starting to grow fond of the "painted" rims and looks like "painted" engine block. Now is this tarnish, or is it really paint?

2nd, i am looking at making some custom pipes, like in the next year or 2. i cant tell very well with the heat shield, but header paint should paint the pipes well right? I figure it will be cheaper than chrome, and will give more of a dragster look. plus its easier to keep clean and gives a unique look :P

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hi Hizzo3,

instead of painting the pipes what about wrapping them with colored heat shield wrap. givesthe bike an "attitude" look. just a thought
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hi again ' here is a site for the heat shield tape:

http://www.heatshieldproducts.com/bgcq_index.php

hope it helpls john
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Hey I will trade your engine and wheels for mine. I like the non painted wheels and engine.
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Hey I will trade your engine and wheels for mine. I like the non painted wheels and engine.
Heh....I was about to offer the same thing.



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be4 I installed my new MAC exhaust I tore apart my original pipes and customized them I used 1200degree heat paint I kept the choke on for a bit too long warming the bike up be4 my ride and the heat paint bubbled on me. Not sure why maybe the product of choice wasnt a good one, however I dont think the engine got that hot because my fan didnt kick on and the guage was at a norm. the heat paint I got was a ceramic coat, Maybe a combination of this paint and the heat wrap would be good!
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did you make sure u roughed up the surface... to me it sounds like the paint didnt get a good bond on the metal. what brand were you using, not all are made the same.

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I agree w/ Hizzo on needing to rough them up good first.
Chrome isn't something that accepts paint very well.


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I almost replied the same, but it occurred to me that our pipes aren't chrome. Just the covers. So it couldn't have been the slippery chrome making the paint bubble. Also, the choke causes more fuel, and less O2, so the burn should actually be cooler. Sounds like cheap paint, maybe?

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The right side head pipe is chrome.

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