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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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show me your paint

So for just a flat black paint job, if i bring in just the tank and fenders its going to be about 265, figure for that price for one color it wont cost much more for another color as an accent. I'm thinking still flat black as the main color and shale i think it is(the grey thats so dark its black, unless you have black next to it then you can tell its not black) making it like the picture of the bike in the banner at the top of the site(black where the red is shale where the black is) or flat black again as the main color with kawasaki green thrown somewhere in it(maybe like the '86 paint job just kawai green instead of red) really not sure what i want, but i want to see what you guys have done or have had done, maybe it will give me an idea !


also side note: wtf size are the stock bars on the '96? everything i hear on here everyone says stock bars are 7/8th inch, every time i google it, or go on revzilla or J&P and put in the year make and model of my bike it throws me 1 inch grips, wanting to change them since the ones on there look kinda ****ty just dont feel like dropping $100 and finding out i got to big or to small of a set.

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is that price for someone else doing the work (paint shop?).

check out this thread.. I just did mine with rustoleum rattle cans..

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61794

total paint and supply cost under 100 bucks. front fender took 1 weekend, side covers 1 weekend, tank and rear fender took me 1 week (only worked on them 3 days tho, due to dry time of the clear).

color is cobalt blue metallic, and has the gloss clear coat over it.

its not perfect, but shiat, it was cheaper than having someone else do the paint, plus the bike was only down 1 week, which was important to me, as its my daily ride to work

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is that price for someone else doing the work (paint shop?).

check out this thread.. I just did mine with rustoleum rattle cans..

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61794

total paint and supply cost under 100 bucks. front fender took 1 weekend, side covers 1 weekend, tank and rear fender took me 1 week (only worked on them 3 days tho, due to dry time of the clear).

color is cobalt blue metallic, and has the gloss clear coat over it.

its not perfect, but shiat, it was cheaper than having someone else do the paint, plus the bike was only down 1 week, which was important to me, as its my daily ride to work
Looks awesome for a home job! I thought about doing it myself with a rattle can, but thats what the current paint job is, and because of it being a rattle can job its flaking in areas and when i had to fix my petcock, didn't feel like draining 2 gallons of gas so a few drops leaked out of the cap when i set it on its side, those few drops rested on the side of the tank causing a quarter sized flake/crack in the paint, and yes it is a shop that gave me the price, and i know with a shop they use special **** to not only protect the paint from UV damage but also it wont flake and crack from a drop of gas, and they said it would only take a day or two if i bring them in on a day nothing is in the paint room.

Heres how she looks right now(pay no attention to the strap down, i was in the process of doing the spline lube):
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1996 VN750
V&H pipes
HID headlight
Ear shave
Clubman Bars
Matte black plasti-dip "paint" job.

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my paint was in pretty good shape, so no major work needed their, I was just looking to make it 'mine'.

I hit the parts with 320 wet to begin with, not only to remove loose paint (wasn't any to speak of), but to roughen up the existing stuff to promote adhesion. then 2-4 coats of grey primer (depending on each piece), then a light sanding with 600 wet, followed by 3-4 light coats of color, with a 600 wet after last, then another 2 light coats of color. Then 2-4 coats of clear, sanding after last with 600 wet, or 1500 wet, then another light coat or 2 of clear.

the clear was the hardest of them.. it tended to cloud as it dried (freaked me out a bit, until I realized its normal for this clear), but once it was about 24 hrs after application, it cleared up.

now I am have to wait about 30-45 days for the clear to fully cure before I can wax

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You can always plastidip. First to see if flat black is the way you want to go. Then if you don't like it just peel it off!
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I see no pictures here.


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well goofy, only 1 picture in this thread (there are a couple in the thread I linked), and I see that one just fine

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did this myself cost me 40 bucks

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yea, looks good. are those flames and skull decals? or paint?

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