Painting all grainy plastic on my 92


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Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby w9r1x4 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:00 pm



:idea:

Well i wanted to do something different on my 92 that i hadnt seen. Decided to
sand the graing black/dark grey plastic smooth and paint it black. Bought a used tank
/radio surround and a new dash instrument cluster. Havent finished the dash yet but all of
the other stuff is done up front. Probably will do the rear speaker /storage boxes eventually.
I have the fuel door trim, the radio side trim, and the right pocket trim but it looks
so good i dont think ill add the chrome trim.

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby artgrantz » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:58 am

That looks really good! I hope you aren't bothered by glare coming off of it.

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:54 am

I LOVE IT !

I was wondering about doing this on mine too, but only the fader pod, side pocket covers and radio cover ( when I get one ) in body color, leaving the rest in the pebble grain grey it currently is.
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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby w9r1x4 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:09 pm

artgrantz wrote:That looks really good! I hope you aren't bothered by glare coming off of it.

I rode to work today in bright sunshine...no problem with glare.

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Also adding LED lighting

Postby w9r1x4 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:14 pm

Today I managed to acquire a hard left pocket on eBay from Add-on who is going out of business. So the snap on cover will be replaced with a painted piece to match the right side soon. That plus getting the new instrument cluster painted should make it look really nice.

Also I've been working on some led lighting including a Kuryakn ring of fire.
Bag LEDs came from Walmart which are about $18 per side for two rows for each reflector. There are 10 other LED strips in the front fairing, in the fan vents, underneath and under the bags. Pep boys has some really nice bright units that would be good for the top case and bag reflectors. It's about to get another set. I had the red color turned on but a couple other colors similar to the ring of fire look better.



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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby w9r1x4 » Fri May 09, 2014 9:08 am




Got the left pocket sanded slick and painted. Mo better looking than the snap on cover. Not as convienent but it works. New instrument panel/dash is primed and ready for paint. Have 10 more RGB LED strips to install (somewhere), LEDs for the instrument cluster, new clear driving lights (where the cornering lights are), new chrome lower vents and side vents, chrome mirror housings and mirrors on the way. Then it's to the rear to do the same paint job on the graining plastic back around the speakers and other stuff.

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby Mag » Sat May 10, 2014 10:57 am

Can you give a little more detail on sanding down, prep work, etc? I am a noob at this but this would be a good idea for my bike too (always looking for new look)

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby w9r1x4 » Sat May 10, 2014 12:08 pm

Mag wrote:Can you give a little more detail on sanding down, prep work, etc? I am a noob at this but this would be a good idea for my bike too (always looking for new look)


Im assuming you can paint....sand the pieces with coarse sandpaper preferably
with a sander, then wet sand the pieces with 320 grit then 600 grit. Refer to the
Colorrite.com site for detailed instructions for painting abs plastic specifically for motorcycle
paint repair. Basically after you get the part sanded where all the grain is gone,
Prep the surface with surface prep to clean it. Use a tack cloth and compressed air to
Wipe down the surface. Actually you should use surface prep before
You start sanding to remove as much contaminant from the surface so you
Dont grind it in. Spray the part with bullfrog adhesion promoter per instructions.
Prime the part preferably with three or so light coats about 5 minutes apart until fully covered.
Wait about 30-45 minutes. Wet sand the primer to as slick as you can get it. Prime again and repeat until all of the grainy surface is smooth to sight and touch. Clean with prep and a tack cloth and compressed air. Paint the base coat with light covering coats about 5 minutes apart.
I typically do 3 or 4 coats. Let dry for an hour. Paint clear coat again with light coats about
5 minutes apart. I do 4-5 coats of clear. Let the parts dry for a week unless you have
An oven they will fit in at 140 for 30 minutes. Wet sand the parts with 600 then 1000 then 1500 and then 2000 grit sandpaper and buff with cutting compound and pad, then medium pad, then finishing pad. Its alot of work but looks bitchin when youre done. If you can do this you can paint any panel
On the bike. Preferably you have a compressor and paint guns. Gets really expensive trying
to rattle can this stuff.

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat May 10, 2014 2:22 pm

Coming out GREAT !

I will be doing this to my bike, but just a few pieces, the "pod" for the fader, both hard pocket doors, the radio cover, fuel door, and MAYBE the speaker grills up front and rear side pocket doors.

I have considered painting the gauge cover and the stereo surround and rear pocket pods also, but leaving them with the pebble texture intact and a differant color, like white or black. The other pieces listed above will be body color ( blue ) and smoothed out.

I might even consider sending the parts to Wing Bling for a patterened paint job, like carbon fiber or ???

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Painted dash going in but first new LEDs in instruments

Postby w9r1x4 » Fri May 23, 2014 9:58 pm

Got the instrument cluster almost done
Before
Before
After
After

Pics dont do it justice

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby Mag » Sat May 24, 2014 11:40 am

DO I know how to paint? Like everything, first time for anything. I did, 2 years ago, repainted all grainy parts (my bike grain was a color faded dark brown that showed its age). I was hoping for a dark brown, but even dark brown came out normal, so it is now a milk-chocolate brown color....looks actually really good.

I want to experiment with different ways of doing it, and starting to gain extra grain pieces so I can paint and not have the bike non-road-worthy.

Great instruction, looks like a good project, thx!

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92 - dash completed

Postby w9r1x4 » Sun May 25, 2014 1:16 pm

Finally....got the new dash and upgraded instrument LEDs installed, chrome bents, chrome mirror bases and mirrors. Now it's off to the rear end to get the speaker boxes painted slick...but that may have to wait a while. I NEED to ride.





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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun May 25, 2014 2:39 pm

Looking better and better. . .
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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby OnPapasWing » Sun May 25, 2014 2:51 pm

w9r1x4, that thing looks like a Hot Rod!! It looks like it should be entered in a classic car show. Nice job.

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Re: Painting all grainy plastic on my 92

Postby w9r1x4 » Sun May 25, 2014 9:47 pm

OnPapasWing wrote:w9r1x4, that thing looks like a Hot Rod!! It looks like it should be entered in a classic car show. Nice job.

It's ironic you said that....This stuff is in my blood. My dad owned an auto body shop where I mostly reluctantly absorbed most of my mechanical skills. I spent a lot of time sanding cars and prepping military surplus jeeps for paint.
I have built a few hot rods including a 55 Chevy and a 57 ford retractable and 2 Porsches ( where I got my love for boxer engines) including one that I drove to SEMA from Tampa after spending 9 months completely disassembling and rebuilding it including a watercooled conversion using a Subaru WRX engine. That one was featured in Sport Compact Car magazine http://www.sportcompactcarweb.com/featu ... index.html.

Built an extremely customized Suzuki 650 Burgman I sold just before buying the goldwing. It had everything a goldwing had short of air ride and 4 less cylinders but was quicker to 100.

In the 1970s I helped build and show custom choppers for about 5 years competing against and beating the likes of Arlen Ness in Daytona at what used to be considered the national championship of bike build offs, the Rats Hole Custom Chopper Show during Daytona Bike Week. Last one we built, Black Gold, won that show I think in 1977 (and we also placed third with Aces Up a 550 Honda chopper). Black Gold was a supercharged 750 Honda....




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