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As with anyone, I'm not made of money and this is probably going to be as inexpensive as I can get. However, I've certainly gone and did it now; started sanding down the flawless factory paint on my '03 ACE. Post dis-assembly, I noticed the front and rear dividing stripe was simply a decal which was pretty easy to peel right off. I then went at it with combinations of 400 and 600 grits. I wet-sanded simply to keep the dust down as I'm working next to my other baby in my garage. This also made the process easier to boot. I only got to the rear fender tonight, but I'll be tackling the front tomorrow. The fuel tank clear coat is a bit thick over the striping, so I'll just be sanding that down without peeling first. I bought some semi-flat black Dupli-color paint that I'm going to test. If not, I'll be hitting the professional automotive paint store for some hot-rot black or anything else that strikes my fancy! So far, so good (crosses fingers) ......

The Goal (or the general idea anyway :mrgreen: ):


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I'd Like to Ride It Like This :-D :


The Other Baby (behind the bike ... no, it ain't stock :wink: ):

 

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awesome bud! i can't wait to see where this project goes!
 

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awesome bud! i can't wait to see where this project goes!
Hehe, thanks. Don't expect miracles, as I'm experimenting ... it'll probably be pretty simple ... we'll see. :mrgreen:
 

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simple is a good thing. i like simple! looks good on bikes. :D
 

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More sanding today ... I find it interesting that the fender pinstripes were stickers and the tank seems to be painted. At first I thought it was a decal from the slight bump in the clearcoat, but it sanded completely smooth. I also happened to find a simple air-brush gun that I used many years ago when building scale models ... hmm, I guess we'll see where that goes. So continuing on my quest. Will finalize sanding details tomorrow. More boring pics :mrgreen: ...




 

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sweet sweet sweet. keep us updated.
 

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Finished final sanding details and degreased and washed all the parts. Did a bit of research on a few things and found two alternatives for DIY white wall tires. Behr Elastomeric roofing paint available at Home Depot has been used by some with pretty good results as it can stretch up to 600% of it's application when dry. Also found that Krylon Fuzion satin white spray paint does very well considering it's for plastic and also permits flexing. There are ups and downs to this process, mostly browning and cracking, but one thing is for certain that it's the preparation that is the crucial part ... scuffing the sidewall, degreasing, etc. Don't yet know which way I'm headed, but $10-$30 sure beats the price of new tires right now! That's it for today; tomorrow (time permitted) I prime.

 

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I painted the fairing covers this evening and I am very pleased. I tested a few blacks next to each other on a test board to see how close I could get to what I wanted and found the perfect one. I did not prime as the sanding of the factory paint proved a more than adequate surface. After last night's degreasing and washing, I simply wiped them down with a tack cloth and sprayed a couple of coats back to back within a few minutes of each other. Here's some info with pics below each ...

The Paints:


The Test:
Sprayed each side by side and compared sheen, texture, spray patterns and flow. I narrowed my selection down to three that I thought would give me the result I wanted. From left to right, #1 Krylon Rust Tough Semi-Flat Black, #2 Rustoleum Satin Black, #3 Rustoleum Professional High Performance Semi-Gloss Black. Some thoughts regarding these products:
- #1 Had the best spray tip, smooth flow and obviously for me the right sheen.
- #2 Had horrible flow with blots of paint landing on the surface.
- #3 Flowed better, but had a much smaller spray pattern; it was by far too glossy for me.


The Result and the Winner:
The first pic is inside the garage under florescent lighting. The other two are outside on my driveway in indirect evening light, partly cloudy with the sun behind the clouds. The paint cans are there only to emphasize the sheen.




I'll be hitting the tank and fenders on Saturday, maybe tomorrow night depending on conditions. Now my thoughts are rambling on about either airbrushing some ghost flames in a dusty white or silver, or pinstripe painting in white and red with a theme not yet to share. :mrgreen:
 

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lookin' good bud. just to let ya know... ya got atleast one follower on this project. i'm checkin' this thing everyday! :lol: keep up the good work! :D
 

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Looking good so far! I like the design you chose. Keep on posting progress.
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Don't know how I missed this before but now I'm following it too. Any plans about gas-proofing the tank paint? Most rattle can paints are not very resistant to fuel spills and splashes. .
 

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lookin' good bud. just to let ya know... ya got atleast one follower on this project. i'm checkin' this thing everyday! :lol: keep up the good work! :D
I would say that he has more than one follower. :mrgreen:

Looking good so far. Can't wait to see it when it's done.
 

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Hey thanks guys ... wow, a lot to live up to now! :shock: Anyway, as for 'gas-proofing' the tank - I'll be clear coating with a satin finish. I used another test board yesterday with gloss but it did exactly what it was supposed to ... gloss. So I'll test again this weekend with a satin. I don't want to spray until I've chosen and completed any artsy-fartsy stuff though, obviously.:mrgreen: Remember, this is a rattle-can job so it's a bit experimental for me.
 

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Painted the tank and fenders this evening. Turned out really nice ... like satin ... duh! :mrgreen: You'd never know this was two-tone before ... yeah, I'm a good sander. Anywayyyyy, I'll be wetsanding them later for a silky finish and then hitting them with a clear satin (gotta test it first). I placed the tank on the bike and have to tell you it is definitely another bike now. :wink: Well, it's getting there. And the chrome looks great against it. On with the pics ...

Tank:



Rear Fender:



Front Fender:

 

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lookin' sharp bud! :D
 

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Looking good. I was so close to going flat black with my bike when I swapped the rear fender, but couldn't bring myself to paint over the hot rod flames that come on the Spirit!
 
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