Greetings. See my intro in the new members section if you want more info about me and my bike.
I am going to repaint my all but new and barely broken in 1992 VN750. I am a crazy sort and always up for adventure so I want to do it myself. I do have a compressor but don't really want to buy a gun or learn how to use it so I'm just going rattlecan. Scoff if you must, I've seen good results this way. Not by a newb you say! Oh well, everyone starts out as a newb.
My first trick is this. Over the past three years I've been picking up tins on eBay and I have an entire spare set. So my plan is to paint them, then swap them out on the bike. That way if they turn out poorly, well what do you know I have another set I can start on. Back and forth until I like it, or if I want to try different paint schemes, etc. What they hey, right?
For those playing along at home I have probably $225 into my second set of tins. The fenders and side covers are easy to find and can be had cheaply if you wait. The tank is harder as you all know. You can pay $200 for a totally whipped one some days, and then a month later see a decent one squeak by for $40. I just scored a very nice one, almost no interior rust and only one small ding to bondo for about $85. I was happy with that.
I've googled and researched and there is certainly a lot of information about rattlecan paintjobs on bikes out there but it seems to me they all assume a good bit of familiarity with the process, tools, etc. I have none, so I will write mine for the next newb. I assume you know what I know- absolutely nothing. I'll also do my best to identify exactly what I am using, where I got it, and what it cost.
So for any newbs (and you vets please correct me if I am mistaken about anything) to repaint the tins we first must take the old paint OFF. That is the first step.
On the advice of another friend I decided to go with chemical stripping of the old paint. Some places on the 'net say you don't have to remove the old paint. Just scuff it up and call it primer. That doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Other methods of removing the paint- sanding, sandblasting, heat, can damage or distort the metal. I'm not looking for more problems to fix, so I am going to try the chemical method.
I say try because I have not done it yet. Was going to start but the air temp here is only 50 degrees today. The stripper can says it needs to be at least 70. If there is one thing all the info about doing this says universally it's "be patient" and "take your time on prep" so I decided NOT to begin the stripping today. But I wanted to get in motion so I took some photos and started this thread.
Stand by for all the blow by blow updates!!
Oh, color scheme. For visibility I want to paint it a light color and I think the coolest light color is pearl white. Haven't 100% identified my source for that in a rattlecan, so if anyone has a suggestion shout it out. I figure I have plenty to keep me busy with the stripping and prep while I look.
So anyway, going to paint the tank and fenders pearl white (or if not the coolest white I can find) and the side covers matte black. I am considering doing them (and other removable accent pieces- like say the neck side covers, radiator cowl, etc.) in something like truck bed liner material. For the color and the texture. Get a rugged feel in there. So over all she will be a cool white on a flat black or rugged textured black frame.
The Motley Tins!
The front fender. I am going to try this first. Wonder if those scratches will come out with the paint or will I have to fill?!
My magic bullet. Tal-Strip Aircraft coating remover. Says it's for 'aluminum and other metals'. Cost was $8 at the Advanced Auto Parts store down the street.
I will let you know how it goes when I find time to work on it on a day that is warm enough! If I am about to do something stupid just hollar. I might well ignore you as I do learn well by making mistakes, but I do promise to acknowledge you were correct after I complete my bungle!!