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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Painting help!!

I have a '01 ninja and want to paint the frame/swingarm black. Has anyone done this? What steps should I take for a good DIY painting?
Thanks for any suggestions
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Powder coating is the best but everything would have to be completely disassembled for the job.

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Hi, and thanks for responding. I have been reading thru some of the post and see that powdercoating is recomended but I'm not ready to go that route yet.
Have some free time and want to try my hand at sprucing this bike up myself.

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Hi, and thanks for responding. I have been reading thru some of the post and see that powdercoating is recomended but I'm not ready to go that route yet.
Have some free time and want to try my hand at sprucing this bike up myself.

Thanks
The problem with painting things yourself is durability... powdercoat is tough... It will be more durable to things like stray gravel chippage and the like...
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Depending on the bike, you want to fill any rough surfaces with a filler or sand down any pits you may have. On Gixxer, the front part of the fron subframe is smooth but the middle is rough. The easiest way to remedy this is to you a filler then a filler primer followed by your paint. If you need any further help I can give you a # of a person that will help you with any questions you may have. PM me if you wish
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PM 99birdv6...he has painted the frame/swingarm/forks/shocks on every bike he has owned...He can give you some advice...
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Its actuallt quite simple and has lasted for me for a long time without chips or scrathces. I painted mine with semi gloss high temp engine paint. The key to it is the prep work. If you have more questions, just PM me and I will be happy to help.
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Like 99bird has stated, the key to any good paint job is preparation....clean is the name of the game. Removing rust, debris, old loose paint and any chemicals (including the oils from your hands) is required to get a lasting finish.

Another component is choice of paints...for frame work, if you don't want to go the powdercoat route, your next best choice would be an epoxy finish. These paints are a little harder to apply than laquers, but give a surface almost as durable as powdercoat. They require mixing just prior to application with a sprayer, and require a special nozzle because they are more viscous, but the results are worth it. Once epoxy finishes have set up, little other than a nuclear blast is going to put a dent in them.

The next best choice are catalyzed high temp laquers; they also require mixing just prior to application, and the finish needs to be heated (in an oven for small stuff; a heat booth can be made with a couple heatlamps for frames) to get the best durabilty. Rattle can high temps would then be the next best choice, and then traitional laquers down at the bottom of the scale.

Careful prep is the key to any lasting paint job.
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Very informative OTB but sadly, I foresee spray bomb in the future of this bike.

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Very informative OTB but sadly, I foresee spray bomb in the future of this bike.
In that case, high temp or high temp crinkle finish would be good choices.
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