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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Paint Matching

I saw in the galleries where somebody had painted the plastic guard over the radiator to match the color of the rest of the bike.
I would like to do that. I have the turquoise colored Vulcan.
My questions are these:

Where do I get matching paint?
Is it available in spray cans?
What special prep is needed for the plastic guard?


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Here is a link to color matched paint. The color for `95 is listed as "teal".
http://www.colorrite.com/matrix-colo...TOKEN=65791112

They don`t appear to have the colors available in rattle cans. You may be able to get custom mixed paint at NAPA or other auto parts retailers. They can put it in a spray can for you, but it will cost about $20 a can.

We do have some experienced painters here, and they have given some directions before, for painting plastics.

Do a search on painting plastic, and you should get some threads with the info you need.

Here is one with suggestions that I recieved a few months ago. https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...=paint+plastic
It is all about refreshing the black color, not changing it though. Methods vary from painting, soaking in oil (new or used), Armor-All, to Lemon Pledge furniture polish.

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Thank you, Gordon. You are always quick to help.

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They don`t appear to have the colors available in rattle cans.
I have to correct you on this one. I've been on the site many times & myself contiplated buying their spray can. But bepending on your spacific paint you may need to do a base before the color. My paint was a candy so it would have taken two cans & at $30 a can plus shipping, well I opted to buy some regular & paint more. It's not very practical for a small project unfortunatly. Personally I was dissapointed at the cost. Oh well. Long story short, they sell it in a spray can, it's just damb pricy. Yours is "Aerosol +$33.95" No Base! Hopefully this helps.

Hey jim... $30 again! lol
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Hey jim... $30 again! lol[/QUOTE]

You were right. Everything you could possibly want for a motorcycle costs about thrity dollars.

I'm thinking of a ride tomorrow, after four pm....done by seven or eight.

Interested?

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Gemguy had his done by a pro - I would take it to a paint shop and let the pro's do it!

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Unfortunatly I'm out of town & I don't have my new stator yet. I should be back up by this weekend if the weather is nice again perhaps then.
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Gemguy had his done by a pro - I would take it to a paint shop and let the pro's do it!
Cliff,
I believe his is the bike that inspired me to paint mine. A professional job would undoubtedly be superior. You will find a recurring theme in my posts, though...I am a cheap s.o.b.

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If I remember correctly, harbor freight has a refillable spray can that ses compressed air. just a suggestion.

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If I remember correctly, harbor freight has a refillable spray can that ses compressed air. just a suggestion.

Steve
A question for you Steve. Does this refillable can from HF have a valve so that you fill it with compressed air from a hose? Or does it use a compressed gas cylinder?

I have seen something similar to this. IIRC it was a small compressed gas cylinder that screwed onto a bottle that held perhaps 4 ounces of paint. It is designed for touching up small repairs, and jobs such as Jim`s. I can`t vouch for how well it works though, as I have never used one.

Jim, at a price of $30 apiece for custom mixed spray cans, as an alternate ( for cheap SOB`s like you and I), you might consider buying a small "air brush", if you already have access to an air compressor.

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F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
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