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Old 03-03-2012, 06:29 AM
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Painting Plastic Body Panels


I just bought a motorcycle and I got a great deal on it but I absolutely hate the color of the plastic panels. There are six pieces I'll need to paint:

Front fender (1)
Faux tank (2 sides and 1 center piece)
Rear side pieces (2)

Is it feasible to paint them myself?

Five of these parts have graphics applied - I'm guessing these are under "clear coat" or something like that.

I have removed them and thought I could prep them by sanding with 400 or 600 paper but I'm just guessing that would be a start and I have no idea what type of automotive paint I should use.

I do have a small compressor and air tank and I'm not against the idea of buying a sprayer. I used one once back in college for an Industrial Design project I was working on - used several light coats of automotive lacquer and the project looked awesome. Did about three or four coats of primer with light sanding in between, then probably six coats of color and blah, blah, blah.

My ultimate goal would be to have a very durable flat black on all the six parts but my legs would be hitting the tank pieces (which isn't really a fuel tank - but that's not important). The faux fuel tank is made up of 3 pieces (2 side pieces and a center piece).

I'm guessing I could get a much more durable finish if I used a color and then covered it with several layers of clear.

Any help with this project would be MOST appreciated. I found this place by Googling "painting fiberglass parts."

Here's a link showing the body panels I'm going to paint --> Large Photo LINK

And - I hope you guys (& gals?) aren't upset that a motorcycle person is hanging out here.

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