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#1 Quixote

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:49 PM

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Just finished painting a few pieces Flat Black on my 06 AE, now I'm waiting for the pipes, thinking I'll paint them flat black too, with the trooper mod, what do you think? i figure it will end up black all over eventually.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

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Just finished painting a few pieces Flat Black on my 06 AE, now I'm waiting for the pipes, thinking I'll paint them flat black too, with the trooper mod, what do you think? i figure it will end up black all over eventually.


I am thinking you should Glassbeed the pipes to give that nice dull grey look. Better match and won't peel off.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:09 PM

Oh, this could look VERY COOL when finished. Can't wait to see more!
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:16 PM

Looks good. I had a flat black . . . tire, once. :rolleyes:
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:34 PM

I vote for all or nothing

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:35 PM

I like it.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:37 PM

Just out of curiosity, what possessed you to paint up perfectly good panels? I've painted two bikes but it's really hard to make myself paint up perfectly good panels.

Hrm...I do suppose if I found a sweet deal on one of those ugly brown 07's I wouldn't have any problem spraying it up....but the rest...no.

Looks good, what are you using for paint? Are you doing any kind of top coat to keep it from buffing smooth? Can't wait to see it finished.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

i've always had Black bikes, just seems right to go in that direction. I wasn't thinking I'ld topcoat it but I'll see how it wears. It's really not a big deal to repaint, a can of rustoleum and and afternoon of sanding and spraying. The tank I'm thinking of getting down by a pro, maybe a black/grey skull theme, but that can wait. i am thinking there the pipes should be done well, I know there are a few options, anyone heard of patina for stainless,, can it take the heat? I saw something on youtube but maybe glass bead is the way to go. i think there are couple of guys that have done thier pipes black here. I bought the pipes that were posted here, a little damaged so I still will have the stock pipes if I ever sell or really don't like them. Does anyone know the best way to make the pipes black without it burning off, scratching off, etc...?
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:33 PM

Pipes can be ceramic coated

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:43 PM

The look reminds me of a Plastidip job. You know, the same stuff they dip pliar handles in. I did this to the rims, grill, and fender flares on my Toyota Tundra and it looks awesome. The beauty of it is that if you don't like it, you simply peel it off. If you don't like the flat black look, they make a gloss top coat also.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:02 PM

Ceramic coat is the way to go for the pipes if you have the money. I have done 4 our 5 harleys with the flat black look and that is the way to go. You could use VHT paint on the pipes, but you will always be touching it up.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

Or I was thinking of spraying with truck bedliner spray from Home Depot, tough and won't scratch.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:03 PM

The look reminds me of a Plastidip job. You know, the same stuff they dip pliar handles in. I did this to the rims, grill, and fender flares on my Toyota Tundra and it looks awesome. The beauty of it is that if you don't like it, you simply peel it off. If you don't like the flat black look, they make a gloss top coat also.

This is what has been done to my MINI chrome trim. I like it but I'd rather have it painted. It comes off too easy and will need fixed too often.


Or I was thinking of spraying with truck bedliner spray from Home Depot, tough and won't scratch.

I've seen this before and its a fantastic looking flat black. Would be good on a Super Tenere as it's tough.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

I think the panels will look good with the flat black you're doing but I think exhaust will look like crap if you paint it black. I'd do the whole bike flat black and leave the exhaust as is, the chrome exhaust should look great with it.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

Love it. Can't wait to see it all done.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

The truck bedliner fades really bad. It holds up good, but looks grey before long.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:59 AM

Looking good,I have some black round Pipewerx cans which will be going on my ride once the warranty runs out, love the flat black scheme, thinking of doing the same to my other toy,

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:15 AM

I gotta say I'm not a fan. Reminds me too much of this:


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:30 AM

I have always wondered how bad the flat paint would mark from a scuff, or a boot smack when throwing a leg over (us shortasses do that, a lot)

Lots of bikes can come stock in a matte....looks interesting, just not sure how practical.


the side panels look cool blacked out tho Murray, way cool :)

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 07:05 AM

Hmm...

I like it....
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