Pinstripping?


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Pinstripping?

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I bought a 1989 GL1500 in October! Very happy with it but would like to know about the pinstripping on the bike.
I believe the bike to be from Burlington, Ont. and there are stickers under the trunk lid from Goldwing events in NY state.
I have seen similiar stripping on pics of other Wings,, do you think its original? In all there are 18! panels,,, too much for me, considering removing some or all,, only pics I have at the moment.






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Nice looking bike. That stripping is not original from Honda. May be paint or decals. Removal might leave a shadow in the original paint as these may been on there for a long time. Can you feel an "edge" with a fingernail? Worst case for removal (but best for permanent) would be real paint stripping that was clear coat painted over everything.

Just think about how long you want to keep the bike and resale value. The shadows would make it harder to sell than the stripes.

You should read this thread. The end product will be better than new but you can appreciate how much work paint restoration can be:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=60006

You could also stop by a quality auto body shop or detailer and ask for their opinion.
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There are a couple of pinstripers in Guelph, Ontario, which is just a hop and a skip from Burlington. They are quick, good, and not overly expensive, so I expect that this was done by one of them. What I see on that bike would only be a couple hours work to these guys. Taking it off would be a major chore, and besides, it really sets off what would otherwise be a pretty plain coloured bike. I have a silver Goldwing, and have been thinking about having this done to it.
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That is definitely not from the factory. Most of this type of "pinstriping" is actually painted on, not the stick-on pinstriping of old.

If it is in fact a stick-on pinstripe, something like this will take it off quickly and easily:

https://www.amazon.com/Adhesive-Removal ... ref=sr_1_6

That kit also includes polishing pads that help touch up the finish afterwards.

However, from what I can see, your pinstriping is actually painted on by hand. In this case, the easiest and quickest way to remove it is by using EZ-Off Oven Cleaner - you spray it on the painted addition, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with an old towel or cloth. It will strip that painted-on decoration right off without touching the paint beneath.
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Thanks for the input guys!
Yes it is hand lettered with paint.
I took a small portion off with lacquer thinner so it's probably proper pinstripping paint.
Have never heard of easyoff to remove that paint thankyou.
Just one more question, is the paint on this year of bike(1989) single stage or base clear two stage?
Thanks for your input.
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Sassy wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:08 am Thanks for the input guys!
Yes it is hand lettered with paint.
I took a small portion off with lacquer thinner so it's probably proper pinstripping paint.
Have never heard of easyoff to remove that paint thankyou.
Just one more question, is the paint on this year of bike(1989) single stage or base clear two stage?
Thanks for your input.
Fred
Agree with the post on paint fade. Probably best to leave alone. The paint, if not a pearl, will be a two part paint system, base colour - metal flake or plain, then clear coat. Paint code should be under the gas cover. If you start down this road, hard to do one panel without doing the others. New paint on any of the body panels will outshine the others - BTDT. Painting of my 1500 started as a simple body panel repair:


Here's my thread on painting my 1500. Found lots of issues that needed to be corrected before any painting was done. The paint was a Pearl Glacier white - 3 part paint system - base colour, pearl then clear coat, did the trim as well: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=55793 My '85 1200 Limited Edition is a two tone gold/brown metal flake 2 part paint system with pinstripes. The pinstripe detail was the most challenging. Good luck.
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Thankyou for your input!
Yes I painted an 84, 1200 years ago,,,,, WAY too much work for this guy.
I may experiment with the front fender. It has 3 panels on it. I'm considering chemical removal of the top panel, wet sand and buff. I have found base clear very forgiving and the bike colour isn't very defining. If I do anything I'll report my results.
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Good luck. I'd do the back fender first. My 1200 had that chrome trim on a lot of the body pieces, removed it and the glue - makes a mess. The main reason for this work this year is the stay at home syndrome we are experiencing, have to keep busy.
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Wish we could trade Tupperware. I like the Wineberry on my '89, but wish my bike looked like your bike. ;)

I wouldn't be in a rush to take off the pinstriping, it does a nice job setting off the otherwise kind of bland color. Give it a while, you may change your mind.
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Kept the pinstriping on the '85. Took me a while to figure out how to do it. It takes longer to tape/mask off for pinstripe work then to do a complete panel. Here's a picture of some of the body parts completed:


Doing this in conjunction with an engine rebuild. Doing catch all items now when I have to wait for engine parts.


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