8/19: I guess I should start with the basics of the paint for those that don't know. With painting, the Devil is in the details. Prep work makes the biggest difference in the end product. I can get very good results with a rattle can because of the preparation. I didn't just pull the body out of the box and start painting. The first thing I did was give it a good rub down with a Scotch- Brite pad to smooth down any rough areas and take off any of the factory primer "boogers". After that I washed the parts with water and dish soap (like Dawn). The dish soap is made to disperse grease and oil so it is a perfect product for this as oil from your hands can cause the paint not to bond. To speed up the process I dried the parts with lint- free towels and set them in the sun for a bit. Just before I started shooting, to ensure a good bond, I gave the part a quick wipe with Acetone to remove any dirt or finger prints. Since Acetone vaporizes quickly there is no dry time after this. Now, the primer coat (as seen in the above post). When the primer is fully dry (about 20 minutes) I would give the surface a sanding with either 300 grit or the Scotch- Brite depending on the condition of the surface. Once you do that you have to repeat the wash/ dry/ wipe process before the color coat.
Now, as I said before, shoot the light color first. Spray just past where you are going to start the next color so you have a good deep coat where the seam will be. Unless you are using two light colors, the dark one will cover the light one and you wont need to re prime before the dark color.
Once the paint cures it is time to start taping up. I use this stuff called Frog Tape. It's got really good adhesion and leaves pretty good lines. Use an X-acto knife or razor blade to trim the tape along the lines if needed, just don't press really hard or you'll cut into the body. Run your finger around the edges to make sure you have a good seal.
When you do the second color be sure not to go too thick, as the solvent in the paint will loosen the tape. Multiple thin coats are best anyway. Just enough paint to make the surface look "wet". Once the final coat is applied and the paint is dry to the touch but still tacky (an hour or two) the tape can be gently peeled off. You can see that there are small areas that I didn't get a good seal with the tape.
I should have everything painted by tomorrow afternoon and then I'll start putting it together. Sheesh, less than a week left! I leave Thursday night!
8/28/11: WOW! The 20th- the 24th were some nerve wracking days! While mounting the bodywork I noticed that one of my forks was leaking. We did not replace the seals because all the internals were changed through the top side.... bad move . I had to strip the front end and get it out and repaired in 3 days. PLUS, the valve clearance check . I did however, manage to get it all done and back together by 8:30pm the night before leaving for the weekend. This is how she turned out:
The bike was set up well out of the box. I turned low 30's/ high 20's by the third session. I paid for all the tire, I might as well use it all
I did not get a chance to paint the tank, but it still looks ok. I'm so wipped I;ll have to do the cost analysis in another post as well
8/30: Cost totals: Bike $2500
Drill bits & safety wire $7
DOT 5.1 Brake fluid $13
Heat shielding $19 Subtotal for NECESSARY stuff = $2834
Add for: Suspension $877 (including new fork seals
Brake pads $110
Brake lines $147
ASV Brake/ Clutch levers $160
Valve check $200 (I had a shop do that but I brought them the bike without fuel tank or airbox)
Paint supplies $56
Angle valve stems $27
Used Windshield $36 Total spent in current state= $4497
I don't figure in coolant, tires or oil/ filter because those are expendable items. I was thinking it would be a $5000 venture and came damn close. I could have just gone with the stock suspension/ brake lines etc but see myself as a fairly experienced track whore and push the bike and myself. A track noob could have a perfectly good ride for the $2834 version. Most of the big costs are one time things anyway; suspension, brake lines, levers.
I'm going to review my notes and review the products I used soon. REVIEWS IN POST 53 ON PAGE 2