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Old 02-25-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Matte or Gloss black?

I got all my plastics off, bondoed up, sanded down and prepped for paint. Now my only question is, go with the matte black or gloss black. It will be on a 1998 GSX-R 750, the rims are powder coated gloss black with a silver lip and the frame is still just stock aluminum. I am trying to figure out which one would look better, which one would be easier to apply, and which one will still look good in a couple years. I am also thinking about having someone airbrush something small on the sides and a good color to contrast whichever color I go with.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:07 PM   #2
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really up to you.
I will say decals do not adhere to flat paint as good as glossy paint.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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really up to you.
I will say decals do not adhere to flat paint as good as glossy paint.
True, I don't really plan on putting decals on the bike though.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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semi gloss paint looked really really ice on Turbo's ZX6.
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That was another suggestion that I got, but I wasn't sure what semi-gloss looked like
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Anybody have some pictures they can post so I can make some comparisons?
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Thanks Scott.

I tried flat black at first, and it looks good for a bit. After a while it starts looking kinda cheap though. I got a new tank and sprayed it semi-gloss black, and it looks MUUUUCH better. Lemme see if i can find a half decent pic. . . .


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Oooooooh, that looks nice, it has the appeal of the matte black, but the bike still looks classy
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:25 PM   #11
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does it have any clear coat on it?
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yeah, simi-flat stays cleaner also.

Get creative with some masking tape and do it glossy and flat.

Not black, but this is what I'm talking about:
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does it have any clear coat on it?


Nope. That's $5/can Krylon rust free spraypaint. Easy to keep clean, and when applied right, doesn't really chip off badly either. I need to redo my front fender though, as it's taken a bit of a beating. The best part is, all I have to do is pull whatever piece I want to redo off, scotch-brite it, clean it off, and respray. That fender will probably take me 15 minutes from start to finish doing a perfect job.
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Hmmm, that does look pretty sweet, and sounds pretty easy, how many coats did you put on there?
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are you gonna be rattle canning it?
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are you gonna be rattle canning it?
My buddy wil has access to a nice gravity feed sprayer and a paint booth, so I would rather not rattle can it, but the way that the ZX-6 looks, it might not be that bad of an idea.
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Hmmm, that does look pretty sweet, and sounds pretty easy, how many coats did you put on there?


Two or three. . . it's been a while since I've done it. If you take your time, it'll come out looking pretty good(for a rattlecan job) Buuuut, if you get lazy with it, it's going to look like run over dogshit. It'll never be show quality, but you can get some good results.


EDIT: What R6?
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Thanks Scott.

I tried flat black at first, and it looks good for a bit. After a while it starts looking kinda cheap though. I got a new tank and sprayed it semi-gloss black, and it looks MUUUUCH better. Lemme see if i can find a half decent pic. . . .


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Two or three. . . it's been a while since I've done it. If you take your time, it'll come out looking pretty good(for a rattlecan job) Buuuut, if you get lazy with it, it's going to look like run over dogshit. It'll never be show quality, but you can get some good results.


EDIT: What R6?
Haha, sorry
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Two or three. . . it's been a while since I've done it. If you take your time, it'll come out looking pretty good(for a rattlecan job) Buuuut, if you get lazy with it, it's going to look like run over dogshit. It'll never be show quality, but you can get some good results.


EDIT: What R6?
So, if I have a sprayer, then I should use it?
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