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Old 12-12-2012, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i was thinking about getting my fairings painted and just wondering how i would go about doing this/if it is worth doing?

i have a 2011 black 250r, but i have always wanted a white bike. i just personally think they look cleaner/crisper, and all my cars have been white. i didnt see anything particular about doing the WHOLE SET of fairings in the 250 forums, so i figured i'd see if anyone has done this before, or had any imput on it.
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The best way to get it done is to have a professional do it but it's costly and not worth it. You can pick up spray kits on eBay for a decent price but the finish is debatable frankly. Motorbike fairing is notoriously annoying to spray because of the type of polymer used. But if you get a primer to stick and get an undercoat on top of that then Bob's your uncle it's easy after that. Just make sure you have some 1200 grit wet and dry handy and some T-Cut to smooth it out and make it shiny before you apply the lacquer/varnish
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If you choose to do it yourself and need any advice let me know
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There's always Plasti Dip.

The Plasti Dip Project

There have been mixed experiences with it, though. However, I've sprayed it on my car wheels and grille and months later, it still looks as good as the day I put it on.

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How much is this stuff and where are you getting it from?
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You can get it at dipyourcar.com or at places like Home Depot or Lowes.

It's about $7 a can (I think it's a little less at dipyourcar.com).

It goes on like spray paint, then when it dries, it becomes rubberized. It took three cans to do my car's grill and four wheels. If you want to change/remove it, it peels right off.

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Sweet. Should find it in the U.K. somewhere. That's really helpful cheers
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If you want to change/remove it, it peels right off.

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what are the chances it will "peel right off" before i want to replace it? i looked at it a bit, and it seems to be the ticket, would make a godd buffer so i know if i like having them white FOR SURE. but i don't want to be riding around and have my paint randomly peeling off
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After a few heat cycles it won't peal off. Ever. I have my bike done with plastidip. Think everything got 6 coats total and it now feels like regular paint, it's hard and won't peal. Faded terribly in the first 2 weeks. I also had a terrible time getting the white to go down smooth. It ended up with little furs in places that look awful. Didn't have that problem with the black or Blaze Orange. And one can does not go very far.

Just from my experience with Plasti dip, it's great for tools and things that won't be exposed to the sun. For big projects you're going to want to get the gallon kit, otherwise you'll be blowing through cans quickly.
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what are the chances it will "peel right off" before i want to replace it? i looked at it a bit, and it seems to be the ticket, would make a godd buffer so i know if i like having them white FOR SURE. but i don't want to be riding around and have my paint randomly peeling off
Like I said, I've had it on my Charger's wheels and grill for about three months now. Still looks as good as new. No flaking, peeling, etc. The most important thing is surface preparation, doing 5-7 light coats, and letting it dry between coats. Get a few cans, spray it on some parts as a test, and if you like what you see at that point, then go get some more for the whole bike.

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After a few heat cycles it won't peal off. Ever. I have my bike done with plastidip. Think everything got 6 coats total and it now feels like regular paint, it's hard and won't peal. Faded terribly in the first 2 weeks. I also had a terrible time getting the white to go down smooth. It ended up with little furs in places that look awful. Didn't have that problem with the black or Blaze Orange. And one can does not go very far.

Just from my experience with Plasti dip, it's great for tools and things that won't be exposed to the sun. For big projects you're going to want to get the gallon kit, otherwise you'll be blowing through cans quickly.
I think some colors are tricky. I noticed the white tended to come out a little chunkier. Though, I've heard that applying it with a spray gun can also be hit or miss; you have to get the consistency right.

Cheese, is your bike garaged or parked outside?

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