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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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tank painting??

well im getting ideas for my tins for the winter tear down and i think i want a 50s style pin up down both sides with some tribal flames in the background. a mix of old school and new but i cant find any that fit down the sides right and im sure having it painted will cost me more than my bikes worth or at least im sure it will blow an engine or something right after cuz thats my luck.
anyone got any better ideas??

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 08:44 AM
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Try going to a place that does vinyl graphics and get some decals done. Most places around here are pretty reasonable. Then just apply them before the clear coat and go over them. Other than that, painting them on is the way to go. I know I am going to hear from more experienced paint guys about this too, but hey really it boils down to what you want done not anyone else.
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I'm in the middle of painting an '86 VN750 for a friend of mine. I just got it into primer last night. I'm going to give it muscle car stripes similar to Eleanor from "Gone in 60 Seconds". I did this on a Warrior I used to own and it looked great.
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Although an added expense , you could pick up another tank to paint. So if you end up selling the bike, you can keep the artwork as a souvenir.

I had a friend that did this, he had a local artist paint a reproduction of Boschs "Garden of Earthly Delights" on an extra tank.(freaking awesome) He sold the bike later with the unpainted stock tank, and kept the other one, which hangs on the wall in his home.

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I plan on picking up a second tank as mine is all dented up from the PO just trying to get ideas

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 01:32 PM
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Although an added expense , you could pick up another tank to paint. So if you end up selling the bike, you can keep the artwork as a souvenir.

I had a friend that did this, he had a local artist paint a reproduction of Boschs "Garden of Earthly Delights" on an extra tank.(freaking awesome) He sold the bike later with the unpainted stock tank, and kept the other one, which hangs on the wall in his home.
That's a cool idea for sure. I think I'd be too worried about scratching a custom paint job. Knowing my luck, the gas nozzle would puke all over it for some unknown "it's never done that before reason", ha ha.

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Try going to a place that does vinyl graphics and get some decals done. Most places around here are pretty reasonable. Then just apply them before the clear coat and go over them. Other than that, painting them on is the way to go. I know I am going to hear from more experienced paint guys about this too, but hey really it boils down to what you want done not anyone else.
If you're looking to keep cost down, the vinyl stickers are probably your best option. Make sure the basecoat is well cured and properly preped to make sure the decals don't peel or bubble. If you want a smooth feel, you can 'bury' the stickers in clear coat, but it takes a lot of patience and a lot of clear.

I've done a lot of paint, but know the limits to my abilities (and bank account), and would go this route myself for something intricate.
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