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Old 07-16-2018, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any pointers/paint advice for rookie looking to change the color scheme on 2011 stryker from red(stock) to matte black. I am looking at rattle cans on amazon right now and planning to do a wet sand. Definitely trying to keep this an at home DIY project. So any help would be appreciated!
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Over the last couple of months I did front and rear fenders, neck covers, side covers and chin scoop. I used OEM colors from Colorrite. I learned like most folks nowadays, using YouTube as well as a video on Colorrite.com. Key takeaway for me was the speed at which you lay down the coats. Keep them even distance from pieces every time and make sure you are constantly moving across the piece as you spray. Also make sure they pieces are spotless before you start. That means, washing, rinsing and degreasing and drying thoroughly. 10-15 minutes between coats. Keep the coats light and even.

After you are done with 2-3 coats of clearcoat, let it dry for at least 24 hours before touching it but 48 hours is better. Then you can start the wet sanding. I started with 1000 grit, then 1200 and finally 2000. You can go straight to 1200 and 2000 and I even did the side covers with 2000 grit only.
Do not let the piece you are painting or the sandpaper get dry or risk deeper scratches that are harder or impossible to fix without spraying again. use a sprayer with clean water to keep it wet. After wet sand is done (water will run off and look milky) dry it with soft cloths and if you still see shiny stuff hit those with more sanding. once it looks rather dull, dry it off really well and use a good polishing/buffing compound (I used Maguiers light liquid compound). Buff it in circular motion in sections if doing a larger piece then use new/clean soft cloth to buff it out. I did it all by hand with no mechanical buffers. its more work but i enjoyed doing it.

I am not an expert in any sense of the word. This was my first time painting anything that required clear coat and buffing not to mention that my bike requires, base coat, color (pearl flakes) and then clear coat. I suggest you practice on something first and depending on what piece you are painting plan to not ride the bike for at least 3-4 days while things dry and cure. i am sure others with more experience can chime in with tips and advice.
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I still can't believe this thread is titled "rattle canning". It looks like a pro job. Nice work, man.
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I still can't believe this thread is titled "rattle canning". It looks like a pro job. Nice work, man.
Appreciate that. I will chalk it up to the quality of the paint and more importantly the nozzles on the cans. Quotes I got to get it done by a shop were not that bad TBH and they would have been done in under a week compared to me taking weeks in my garage an hour at a time. Trust me, they are not perfect but I did it myself and I learned a ton about paint (and solvents every time I made a mistake). Not to mention a couple of pages worth of new curse words.
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Nice job on the paint job. Also, great description of what you went through in t he process.
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Nice job on the paint job. Also, great description of what you went through in t he process.
+1, makes me want to consider a low and mean fender too
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This is Rustoleum.

Practice makes perfect, test your paint/clear before you get to work on your project

Keep it clean, no dust no wind

*do not touch* (this is my biggest hurdle, lmao)
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Practice makes perfect, test your paint/clear before you get to work on your project



Keep it clean, no dust no wind



*do not touch* (this is my biggest hurdle, lmao)


Looks good!!! And yes. Donít touch it. The first time painted the front fender I didnít wait long enough and scratched the crap out of the clear coat putting it on the bike.


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Looks good!!! And yes. Donít touch it. The first time painted the front fender I didnít wait long enough and scratched the crap out of the clear coat putting it on the bike.


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I do it all the time...my wife will come yell at me once in a while when she sees me hovering around a freshly painted part thinking about poking it with my finger. The hardest thing to learn after all of these years has been patience!
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