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Has anyone done their own paint job? If so, how much did you spend on custom paint? Or where did you find it?

If not, where did you go to get the actual paint job done? And last of all, what was that price? :D
 

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A few people have had their bikes done.

A basic solid color seems to be between $500-750, custom designs would really depend on the shop.

I know Beast spent roughly $250 to have flat black sections put on his custom white bike, but that was a separate paint job, so I would assume it'd be less if you did it at the same time.

In fact, I think it was CaliGirl who said her paint guy would do the flat black sections for free with her paint job.

I'll be taking my bike to some shops next month to get quotes and see how much it'll be for me.

Since I'm feeling helpful and have looked into it a bit for myself here's some threads that you may find helpful:

Beast's original paint thread: http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=108833
Beast's updated paint thread: http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=120863
dnaLOR's paint thread (white): http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=104949&highlight=white
Mccarlin's silver paint: http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=114697&highlight=silver
fstR's1 custom paint: http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=117499&highlight=paint
ar250r's paint thread: http://www.kawiforums.com/showthread.php?t=116518&highlight=paint
 

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That helpful Attitude is what this is about. Instead of flaming people who don't search just give them little hints. Especially if you know a quick answer/link
 

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Here in So Cal, a good paint job is going to run you about $1000 for a solid color change, more for two tone, and/or repairs. Track plastics will be less to paint because they are ready to paint and don't need to be sanded and primered and what not, around $600 I believe. You could go somewhere and have it done less, but cost usually directly equals quality. Or, if you know someone who is doing you a favor. I got lucky and found a friend of a friend who is giving me a very good price. I will see what his quality of work is like and then I will recommend him to other So Cal people. He has incentive to do a good job for the word of mouth business.......


Before I took my fairings to be done professionally, I attempted to use spray paint. I painted one full fairing, it came out pretty good and I wasn;t even trying to do it right. I think if done correctly, it could look very good. Not as great as from a shop, but still good for the price of paint-around $5 a can!
 

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Or you could just use $20 worth of spray paint :)


You can do a lot better iwth spray paint. I painted many small things with spray paint (mainly because I didn't want to clean the paint gun for such a small job) and i must say if you prep the pieces correctly, spray paint can turn out real nice.
 

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Thanks for reply. I did a quick search for paint, but didn't see anything at a first glance.

Would using spray paint have a negative effect? Does it need a clear coat, or a kind of sealer to help from it chipping off?

I'm clueless about paint, but girlfriend is art major in school and if it can be done with spray paint, might have a weekend job for her to do :D
 

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That hurts, I thought it looked pretty good for my race bike. :-( I'd rather spend as little amount as possible on paint. The idea is to have as cheap of a repair bill as possible after a crash.
 

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That hurts, I thought it looked pretty good for my race bike. :-( I'd rather spend as little amount as possible on paint. The idea is to have as cheap of a repair bill as possible after a crash.
Nah man, for race plastics.. who cares! Better than just the primer base.
 

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well, you get what you pay for...
Believe or not spray paint can come out really good if you do things right. I got everything i needed to complete my bike For under 150. Compared to a shop price thats a bargain. I havent had much time so Im still in the process of finiching my bike. Here are a few pics. I tried showing a close up of the paint on the last few pics but its cloudy today so they didnt come out to good.
 

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Believe or not spray paint can come out really good if you do things right. I got everything i needed to complete my bike For under 150. Compared to a shop price thats a bargain. I havent had much time so Im still in the process of finiching my bike. Here are a few pics. I tried showing a close up of the paint on the last few pics but its cloudy today so they didnt come out to good.
That came out really well. What and how many did u use since u spent $150.
 
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