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Old 06-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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Like always I'm on here looking for assistance. I have a family friend that is going to paint my bike for free! Butttt here's the catch I have to buy the paint and sand the bike myself. I have no experience in sanding and was hoping someone who's done it could help me out. I would pay you for your help just be reasonable. I would think someone with an electric sander would be perfect. If you have some spare time and sanding experience let me know!

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Personally, I think you are asking for trouble. But, I wouldnt sand. I'd soda blast it. Are we talking just plastics or frame here?
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Is there any damage to the plastics?

off topic: How tall are you. In your avi pic you make that gsxr look like a mini bike lol
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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Just the tank, tail fairing and front fender. Why do think I'm looking for trouble? What is soda blasting? And I'm 6'5 haha
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And no damage to the plastics. But the guy I bought the bike from just spray painted it. Real real crappy
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I used a 60-80 grit to get rid of the old paint, then went to 200 to smooth it out, then 400 then went up to I forget but I just went up til it was nice and smooth. Sanding blocks help alot

PS Idk much about painting but I always have people become surprised that I used rattle cans to paint my cbr
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Asking for trouble cause you get what you pay for, and anytime family is involved, usually worse. Atleast with my fam. Soda Blasting is like sand blasting but wont burn through the metal or plastic. It uses baking soda. You can buy a soda blast from Harbor Freight for 100$ and if you have an air compressor be done in about an hour. Or you can make one for about 10$. Check out youtube "diy sodablast".
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Also I hate sanding, its a lot of work
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Also sanding metal by hand/sander is wet sanding with water involved. The soda is cheap, quick, biodegradable, and a blow away mess.
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Also I hate sanding, its a lot of work
Ditto. My uncle use to put me work (no pay)every summer as a kid sanding tool boxes, trailers, tractors, trucks.. Cheap . But I learned alot from him.
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Ill look into the soda thing for sure. And the paint job on it now its horrible. Almost hard to look at. And the guy isn't family he's actually a guy that works on my house. He painted his own truck it looks great. I asked him how much he'd charge he said free if I sand and buy paint. Anything is better than what I have now.
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I have been painting since I was 15! My parents own a painting company. The powdercoat/paint bikes, cars, all sorts of stuff. I can help Most people hate sanding... I personally enjoy it. Need some help Im down.
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Sanding isn't too bad, mostly need patience. The parts that get annoying are the nooks such as where bolts go in and such, it's hard to sand curves. No matter what option you go with (soda blasting, hand sanding), do not use power tools directly on the fairings. I have seen multiple videos where unexpected things can happen to the plastics since things can get out of control quickly. We have sanded and rattle canned with good results.
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ive sanded a car for paint.id help u
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with whoever has used rattle cans and got good/decent results what did you use?
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texted ya. Also.... if you like black, plasti dip works well. I did the rims on my truck, and the bottom fairing on my bike. now it's blue and black. Also did the peg stands. I've had the plasti dip on my rims for a little over a year, and hasn't came off yet. doesn't require sanding, and it's actually really good stuff... if you do it right. gives a nice flat black and when you no longer want it, just peel it off, hurts nothin.
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id do it by hand, not a fan of the tools to.easy to.take too much off n wear it uneven sand, wipe, feel, look even out small dings.
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texted ya. Also.... if you like black, plasti dip works well. I did the rims on my truck, and the bottom fairing on my bike. now it's blue and black. Also did the peg stands. I've had the plasti dip on my rims for a little over a year, and hasn't came off yet. doesn't require sanding, and it's actually really good stuff... if you do it right. gives a nice flat black and when you no longer want it, just peel it off, hurts nothin.
that stuff is pretty legit YouTube has videos of it
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