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Wrinkle painted engine side covers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by A5HLEY, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. A5HLEY

    A5HLEY XS650 Enthusiast

    I had great success using VHT wrinkle paint on my engine side covers.
    Like the instructions said, I put on a thin coat for the paint to bond and then a thick coat in crosshatch directions. While waiting the directed 5 minutes between coats, I used a hair dryer to accelerate the wrinkling process.

    After 12 hours, I put the covers in the barbeque at 200F (93C) for 20 min to bake the finish. It should be noted that this produces a strong odor and is not advisable to do in your oven, unless you are a bachelor....or want to be a bachelor :laugh:

    I am extremely impressed by the results. The only flaw is where I filled in the Yamaha lettering with JB Weld. The paint wrinkled differently on the JB Weld, so it kinda 'ghosted' the Yamaha lettering into the cover.

    Check out the pics and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!

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  2. bobber_xs

    bobber_xs XS650 Addict

    where to buy this paint?
  3. I did EXACTLY the same thing, but baked mine on top of my kerosene heater. Talk about stinky! I even did the JB weld. Mine is a little less visible. Good product. I bought mine at NAPA
  4. JP50515

    JP50515 XS650 Junkie

    .....this just threw an entirely new concept into my build
  5. JP50515

    JP50515 XS650 Junkie

    Anyone know how well this paint holds up? I know their engine enamel is extremely bad when it comes to fighting against gas spilled on it.
  6. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    In the old days I did my Norton primary with wrinkle paint it held up very well. But that was about 1977 LOL.
  7. A5HLEY

    A5HLEY XS650 Enthusiast

    You can buy VHT at pretty much any parts store. Here in Canada at Canadian Tire or PartSource. In the home of the brave, the VHT website lists retailers. Note that VHT, PJ1 and Duplicolour are all owned by the same company.

    As to durability, the stuff feels rock hard to the touch b/c its baked on. My engine is painted with engine enamel and it pretty much scratches right off.

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  8. Johnt3

    Johnt3 Still learning...

    Looks good with your frame color.You need to post more pics of your build when you get a chance A5HLEY.
  9. 650hcs

    650hcs Addict

    good idea man, that looks badass. me likey
  10. A5HLEY

    A5HLEY XS650 Enthusiast

    "If this is the way he wants it....well, he gets it" - Prison Warden (Cool Hand Luke)
    Ahem....pic attached.

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