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    Quote Originally Posted by AdvCole View Post
    wow, that gloss black frame.

    swingarm next?
    Eventually I'd like to powder coat the swingarm some type of black, either matte or gloss. Right now I'm pretty deeply involved in completely stripping down the tank to bare metal. Just to get it ready to primer again has taken my whole weekend, had to strip through 3 paint jobs including the oem orange. My previous Roulette green paint job looked great until about 2 weeks afterward when the clearcoat started cracking like an egg, much to my anger and frustration. Oh well, at least I'll get rid of the bullet hole stickers.
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    If you are going down to metal, why not use stripper?
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    Speedtriple.com is like motorcycles meets Monte Python from what I've seen, you either get it or you don't.

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    [QUOTE=Joe Houle;715219]If you are going down to metal, why not use stripper?[/QUOTE

    Funny you should say that, I spent about 35 bucks just on stripper. Going through numerous coats that made up 3 different paint jobs in all was a bitch to say the least. I even left the stuff on overnight after spending over 3 hours working on it the previous day, still took an additional 3+ to get it to where it is now. I finally called it good at half metal and oem primer, sanded the shit out of it to get it ready for spraying primer to tomorrow. In hindsight, had I known what a huge messy nightmare it would turn out to be, I would have just bought a DA sander and done it that way.
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    I'd just slap a Triumph sticker on that and call it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackout View Post
    I'd just slap a Triumph sticker on that and call it done.
    After the way this whole painting thing has turned out, the thought had occurred to me. The patina look is kinda in these days. I'll be wishing I had 2 weeks or so from now should the clearcoat decide to crack. This will be my last attempt to get this right. Besides, I don't think Touch Up Direct will be sending me any free bees anytime soon again. All in all, they've sent me close to 200 buck worth. Apparently, I managed to convince them enough that the clearcoat cracking was on their end. Great company, one of the few that give the customer the benefit of the doubt.
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    After a long and tedious process that required more hours than the whole paint job previously, finally got it done. Looks a lot better sans bullet hole sticker and clear coat cracks. Holding my breath for the next few weeks to see if the clear coat cracks again.




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    i like it

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    Kind of late now, but after you applied the stripper, did you put it in a plastic bag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Houle View Post
    Kind of late now, but after you applied the stripper, did you put it in a plastic bag?
    No, didn't think to do that, but I can see how that would help. Hopefully I won't be doing this again any time in the for see able future. Between some mistakes I made and about 5 cans of defective spray cans, this whole thing is a huge headache I'll be glad to have behind me. Looks like the clear coat is hanging in there this time around. All in all, Touch Up Direct comped me over 200 bucks in replacement paint. All I know is if I ever do paint a bike again, I'll just buy a gun and do it that way. Would definitely use their paint again, front side of the radiator shrouds is still in perfect shape after a few thousand miles.

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