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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a tour pack fender from someone on the main VROC board. Problem is, it's black and my bike...isn't. The color rite match for my 03 is $33 a can and says it requires a base coat(gray like primer). So the question for those more in the know than me is: Can I just wet sand with 200 grit on the existing black paint, as long as I don't got through to the base material without the color being way off? Or should I just suck it up and pay $66 bucks for two cans of paint?

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What color are you painting the fender? My book says a 2003 vn is factory painted red and grey.
I would be cautious with 200 grit wet and dry sandpaper to scuff the black on the fender, it seems a bit coarse to me.

Maybe start with 400 grit wet ???
We have more experienced painters here than I am. See what they have to say.

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typo I meant 2000 grit

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2009 1700 Nomad (mine)
2003 VN750 "Prozac" (now hers)
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Ears shaved
Cobra exhaust

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I checked into that Color Rite paint too. If you look at the fine print, it says for an exact match, you MUST use the base coat, which is not primer, in order for the top coat to be the right color. It's alot like painting candy colors. The extra expense (about $100 total including top coat, base coat, primer & shipping) pretty much talked me out of painting my radiator shroud and neck covers. And that's assuming that one can of top coat would be enough coverage!

In my experience with painting (I'm not a pro but pretty fair at it), I've found that primers and/or base coats are everything for a good paint job. If you were going to paint it a very dark color, then you might get away with sanding only but not with the "Luminous Vintage Red" of the '03. It will never look right without the base coat which first needs to primered.

BTW, lightly wet sanding with 400 - 600 grit between all coats (and patience) will lead to a better paint job...

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kinda what i was afraid of

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2009 1700 Nomad (mine)
2003 VN750 "Prozac" (now hers)
25'000 miles at purchase
Coastered
Ears shaved
Cobra exhaust

So, why is a raven like a writing desk?
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I personally front my expeirience with metalics preffer 800 grit paper since the metalice paticals have a substantial weight over the pigments they build up in the sand marks and become an eye sore. Trust me when you do a project like that your self you will notice every screw up. If you find a dupont dealer equiped with a color match camera they can match it almost perfect off an already painted peice of your bike. I know O'rielly auto parts stores that deal automotive paint have them. A pint of chroma base is about 50 dollar and you can get it pre mixed with the base maker since you will not need much. also you can use the duplicolor primer and clear they sale to save you some money. It may end up costing a bit more this way but two stage paints can be a pain if you do not get the right thinkness required. I personally think factory bike paint sucks. use the automotive stuff.

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here is a link
http://pc.dupont.com/dpc/en/US/html/...omavision.html

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