Originally Posted by VN750Rider/Jerry
Now I'm not getting it. You put it all back together before the paint is done? If I did get a new paint job on my tank and fenders, I wouldn't put them back on until the paint was completely done. I was planning on using catalyzed acrylic enamel, that is a one shot deal. It is completely finished and ready to reassemble within an hour. No buffing, or long term curing.
There is a cheaper easier way of doing a great paint job, basically you wet sand the original paint with a sanding sponge, and paint right over it, assuming it is in perfect condition. No primer, no filler, no nothing. And it comes out oem quality or better. In the case of the Vulcan 750, it would mean painting over the clearcoated pinstripes on the side of the tank, leaving a ridge, but that would not be a problem for me, as I was planning to have it repinstriped anyway. Jerry.
Sorry Pal...... That ain't what it's like in the paint world!!!
I do paint work. Your just don't wet sand (what the hell is sponge?) and apply a top coat. Unless you want to take the chance of it lifting off after a short period of time. You can keep the original paint....I always do to give it more "base". Then apply a good primer and keep sanding and primering untill you don't see those lines any more. Yes, you will apply finishing putty in the small nicks and holes that you will see, but it's easy.
There are two basic paint jobs depending on your budget.
Single stage. Primer......top coat......buff......done. You can do your own pinstripes with pinstripe tape. It's easy but you have to clear over it.
The top of the line is "base coat--clear coat".
Same sanding and priming as before but the base coat is flat....not glossy. After sanding (wet) the base coat, the paint job just begins!!!!
Some guys will shoot 1 to 3 coats of clear. I use the whole can!!! I fiqure he's bought the stuff......why not?
I use a hardener so I can buff the next day. Wet sand that puppy with 2500 sandpaper and watch that punk come alive when you buff it!!!!!
It's a lot of work, but it's soooooo rewarding to see the finished product.
You can do this!!! Your local auto paint store can help you through this process.