I paid a guy I know 500 to paint the tank and fenders. He did body work on the tank to get rid of all indentions. The paint he used cost 175 bucks. It's beautiful!!! I have a gorgeous sparkly blue bike now.
The guy quoted me 175 for just the tank, and I brought the fenders too. When I heard 500 was the final cost ... I nearly fainted. I was not happy. But when I saw how amazing a job was done, I felt better. He gave me the extra paint and it had the price tag of 175ish right on it.
EDIT: The reason I took it to a guy in the first place, was because my tank had a giant dent where the PO dropped a oil can on it. Wife convinced me to get it fixed while the bike was apart. I arranged for this body shop guy to do the tank. At the last minute I took him the fenders too so they would all match. I would have done my own paint if I didn't need body work done.
I would take a picture for you, but I have those items now at my friends for some custom paint. He is doing some pin stripes and 2 caricatures on the tank.
If you took your time and did it right, I think a rattle-can job would be fine. IMO, the highest visibility items are the tank and the front fender. You could do all the others yourself if it helps your budget.
1990 VT1100C Shadow
Last edited by ttexastim; 05-01-2014 at 11:11 AM.