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Old 05-16-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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I like the all black.
Yeah I think that's what I'm going to go with. I wet sanded the silver and it cleaned up the line, but I still didn't like it all that much.
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on your first spill you'll be visiting this thread again and laughing. That being said I like the black too
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on your first spill you'll be visiting this thread again and laughing. That being said I like the black too
Eh I've already had one with the stock turn signals on the bike which are about 6 inches longer and they didn't even get scratch so I think they're small enough (about the size of your thumb) that they won't get touched if I tip over.

I went with the black. Hit them all with one more round of wet sanding and three more coats of paint and they turned out really well. Hopefully the paint holds up the the elements.
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What do you all think? If I could paint a cleaner line would you like the silver more?


3M makes a tape for painting stripes called "Fine Line Tape" it is a blue plastic tape with a clean sharp edge, when removed after painting it leaves a straight clean edge of paint body shops use it. BTW I like the black, but what if you painted A double silver stripe around the turn signal stem near the mounting point? maybe A 1/4" wide silver spaced by A 1/4" black then A 1/8" silver stripe the rest black that would help tie in body color, or a 1/8"silv. 1/4"blk. 1/8 silv. 1/4" blk. 1/8" silv. in other words, three 1/8" silver stripes around the stem using 1/4" gaps between the stripes that would be black.
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What do you all think? If I could paint a cleaner line would you like the silver more?


3M makes a tape for painting stripes called "Fine Line Tape" it is a blue plastic tape with a clean sharp edge, when removed after painting it leaves a straight clean edge of paint body shops use it. BTW I like the black, but what if you painted A double silver stripe around the turn signal stem near the mounting point? maybe A 1/4" wide silver spaced by A 1/4" black then A 1/8" silver stripe the rest black that would help tie in body color, or a 1/8"silv. 1/4"blk. 1/8 silv. 1/4" blk. 1/8" silv. in other words, three 1/8" silver stripes around the stem using 1/4" gaps between the stripes that would be black.
That's a good idea. I hadn't thought about doing that. I'll have to think about that one. Also thanks for the tip on the tape. I can never figure our. When is it best to take the tape off? Right away or after the paint cures?
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That's a good idea. I hadn't thought about doing that. I'll have to think about that one. Also thanks for the tip on the tape. I can never figure our. When is it best to take the tape off? Right away or after the paint cures?
You can remove the tape either time but right after you paint be careful because if the paint is real wet when you pull the tape strings of paint could stretch and fall on the black but usually only when using A spray gun w/auto grade paint. Rattle can should be no prob.. If you wait untill it is dry, which I think is best ,just make sure it is scuffed well so the silver does'nt peel or pull up w/tape. You can also prep it well paint it black let it cure (A few hours --- overnight) and use automotive pin stripe tape, put it on live with it a day or two if you don't like it peel it off and try something else. You can find pinstripe tape at auto paint supply or parts house-auto zone o-reilly etc...
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