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What have you done to your XS today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by I am Carbon, Nov 24, 2013.

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  1. We could have a thread on this, if there isn’t one already here. The price of a paint job is directly proportional to the reputation of the painter and your expectations. The complexity of the job and price of materials will also have an effect on the price. I’ve seen single color paint for tank and side covers come in at $800 and those were magnificent. I had those same parts done for the price of materials. I thought it was great, but not appropriate for a $50,000 show bike. YMMV
     
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  2. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    I had MAACO do a triumph for $200. Tank and side covers and fenders. Looked ok. RH Triumph-27 (1).jpg
     
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  3. I’m sure. Each MAACO shop has their own reputation amongst those in the know. I had an autobody shop quote me $200 last year.
     
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  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    For some reason most auto paint shops in the Phoenix metro area don’t want to mess with bikes. I did find one that would do it, single color for $1000.
    I had my XS2 painted at Marble Motors in Texas. The XS2 paint job is complicated, they stripped it to bare metal, filled a couple shallow dents, primed , sanded, base coat of a white/silver metallic and red Candy that has to be applied in layers until the right color is achieved ( kind of an art ) and then multiple clear coats. It cost $1300 just for the paint job, I also paid for the tank to be professionally lined by a third part that specializes in that and I had to pay for well boxed and insured shipping both ways $75 times two.
    All in $1500 :yikes: I know a lot of guys don’t like to talk about what they paid. I think they feel a little embarrassed that they spent so much. But I was like you looking for answers once and didn’t get any.
    I ponied up for a very specific correct look. Never have done it before, probably won’t again. This bike is a bucket list thing for me.
    I did get lucky years ago and got a BMW painted by a local , absolutely beautiful for $500.
    You’re just going to have to look around your area. Best bet , I think , would be an independently owned auto body shop.
    My two cents.
     
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  5. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    I should have clarified I was not trying to match a layered factory color. All they had to do was light sanding of the previous paint and then spray. Given that I have been known to "rattle can" my builds this was a high end step for me. lol
     
  6. ramblin5

    ramblin5 XS650 Member XS650.com Supporter

    Thanks for all the feedback on paint. So far I have 2 quotes from custom bike painters at $1000 each and one from an independent body shop for $500. But now that I have cleaned up the existing paint and successfully removed what I thougt was a huge scratch, I may just keep this old school metalflake job.
     
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  7. ramblin5

    ramblin5 XS650 Member XS650.com Supporter

    What have I done to my xs today? I've thought about her all day. Have gotten in 400 miles so far today in 82 deg blue skies weather in South Florida on the '18 Limited. But I keep wishing I was on the xs!
     
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  8. cafetools

    cafetools XS650 Addict

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    If you have a compressor already you can paint yourself. It's incredibly cheap and there is enough free videos and tutorials out there that you can learn from. A super small motorcycle is perfect to learn on. And if you screw up just sand it down and respray! Whatever you do, never touch Rattle can paint. It doesn't have hardener. You can't even paint real 2 stage paint over Rattle can because it will lift, it's that bad.
     
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  9. rsor

    rsor Wanna do this again!

    732DF8D3-6E8E-4148-9994-0DF14D26B42D.jpeg Why not take a chance, worst thing that happens is you sand it off.
    I rattled canned this and put a 2 part automotive clear over it, I was pretty happy with it.
     
  10. ramblin5

    ramblin5 XS650 Member XS650.com Supporter

    Looks good!
     
  11. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Rattle can works fine, at least some brands. I did mine with Dupli-Color from Advance. It's lacquer so it dries extremely fast, ready to wet sand in just a few minutes. Did it over Dupli-Color primer. Final step, gave it a few layers of 2 part clear, then wet sanded, followed by rubbing then polishing compounds by hand -- I think about 24hrs later, while it was hard but not yet rock hard. Whatever you do don't breathe the clear. Do it outside and hold your breath til you can step away. Looks totally pro, like rsor's, and saves a thousand bucks.

    For anybody who likes flat black, there's a common rattle brand that's fuel proof. No need for 2-part. Unfortunately don't remember what it is :)
     
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  12. gggGary

    gggGary Horsepower; just noise 'til the tire hooks up. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Finished up set #5
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    I am SO done doing BS34's (for a while).
    So I went for a ride.

    You will never get that 2 minutes of your life back again.LOL
     
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  13. Jim

    Jim "No...Try not. Do ... or do not. There is no try." Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    "Video Unavailable" :whistle:
     
  14. gggGary

    gggGary Horsepower; just noise 'til the tire hooks up. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    fixed it.
     
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  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Nope. Stee Rike Two! :p
     
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  16. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    It wants me to log into Facebook before I can see video unavailable :D
     
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  17. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    Was it brake caliper paint? That or header paint is designed to resist fuel and other auto fluids. Ive had good luck with that.
    Also, wet sanding is crucial to the process. Here is my xs400 with brake caliper paint. Spilled lots of fuel on it over time. :)
    XS400-185.jpg
     
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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Hoo Boy! The Buell is alive! Man I thought you were going to go ripping off down that wet foggy road there for a minute! Looks great! Btw......you scared the dog. :yikes:
     
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  19. xjwmx

    xjwmx XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I don't think it was, think it was a property it had, but that's a great idea (caliper paint). Is it 1-part epoxy? Do you remember the brand you used?
     
  20. WT100

    WT100 100 countries or bust!

    It was Dupli-Color. Yes, just one stage.
     
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