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Old 03-13-2020, 12:18 AM   #1
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Plasti-Dip Windscreen and Styling...

I scratched my windscreen and thought about replacing it with a new one. But then the inner ricer in me spoke and I listened... And this is what I did. Pics below.
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Old 03-13-2020, 02:39 AM   #2
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Important notes for anyone that wants to do the same thing. I painted this windscreen several times because I didn't know how to get the LED light to show brighter in the dark.

- Tape off your design so you know how to score it with a blade in the end process.

- Apply several coats of white Plasti-Dip to help reflect the light.

- Next, trap the glow of light through the paint, by applying a liberal coat of black Plasti-Dip.

- Finally, pick a cool paint color of your choice for the top coat. This can be any type of paint. The Plasti-Dip coat is thick and will easily peel off later on. Also, I found the metallic colors will crinkle if you don't lay a coat of primer first.

- After you score the outline of the tape and peel it off, you're gonna want to spray some clear top coat on it. This will add some longevity to your work and protect the coating from snagging and peeling off when you are wiping it down with a rag after a long ride.

- Also, when adhering any LED's to the inside of the windscreen. Just use plain paintable silicone caulking. It'll peel off easy later and bonds pretty well. It also cured enough to paint in like 20 minutes. I used the household type Alex Painters Caulking.
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Looks pretty good! I actually have been tossing an idea around in my head for something related/similar in ways, but not exactly like yours. Currently wrapping the bikes new body kit. If my screen idea works, then I'll post up.
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I puchased a clear windscreen for my replacement body kit. Rather than sand it down, (which actually will work, depending on how fine grit you sand it) I simply covered both sides with a frosted cling style window vinyl. Then added LEDs to the cockpit area. The screen is real glowy, and you cant see the strips that well. I wanted a highly diffused look.

Two more things to complete though.

I have a hidden strip facing the bottom edge, under the body work. I just need to sand, and polish the top lip flat, ( I allready did this for the bottom edge) for a nice edge glow.

I will find a way to make a cover, so that the light shines one way ( out) or highly diffuses what I see, from the pilots view.
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I will find a way to make a cover, so that the light shines one way ( out) or highly diffuses what I see, from the pilots view.
Since it's vinyl, could you tape the edges and just spray paint the pilot side black? Once the paint cures, you can go over the black with another color to spruce it up.

It looks really cool though... I especially like the white light setting
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I'm not able to paint it, as the lights are not on the windscreen, but below it. ( mounted on top side of gauge cluster.) Now, if I was doing only the the hidden lip LED, for the glowing edge, that would work.

I have some thin acrylic, i could probably vac form, and box in the lights. ( and paint that black )
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I'm not able to paint it, as the lights are not on the windscreen, but below it. ( mounted on top side of gauge cluster.) Now, if I was doing only the the hidden lip LED, for the glowing edge, that would work.

I have some thin acrylic, i could probably vac form, and box in the lights. ( and paint that black )
That's sort of what I was thinking. A "false" windscreen inside of the true windscreen, blacked out and shielding light from the rider. It looks great, dude, and Im sure the practical factor of increased visibility helps, too.

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I was asked how do I see out of my windscreen when I first painted it and I told the guy that it's more of a fairing at this point. I don't track my bike, or go full tuck at all (not trying to hit that magical 200+ mph these days)... So getting that low is not a factor.
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I was asked how do I see out of my windscreen when I first painted it and I told the guy that it's more of a fairing at this point. I don't track my bike, or go full tuck at all (not trying to hit that magical 200+ mph these days)... So getting that low is not a factor.
lol. Right there with you, dude. I remember when I was first riding I would worry about tucking, my form, seeing out of the windscreen, etc. , that passed quickly. It's not fun trying to tuck yourself behind that 20 sq/in of windscreen and still TRY to see out.
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That's sort of what I was thinking. A "false" windscreen inside of the true windscreen, blacked out and shielding light from the rider. It looks great, dude, and Im sure the practical factor of increased visibility helps, too.

Pretty much hit the idea I was after.

My co-workers ask why I keep my lights on during the day, and I told them that it's more for my visibility, than for show. ( and it works REALLY well, at getting attention.

The brand of LED that I use is "Ditrio" ( through amazon) they have an additional wire that plugs into your brake light wire. Any ny time I hit front/rear brakes, all LEDs change to red, no matter the running color . Ive talked to quite a few LEOs from a legal/ticket standpoint, and ALL have said, as long as my lights arent blue, or shade of blue, they have no problems with the visibility, of the lights, and hitting the brakes. ( and also the liability of using green... it could subconciously mean a green light to someone, if I am stopped, but not applying brake pressure.)

So far white is the most apparent stand out color, day or night. But some drivers are still distracted, and don't see me. Allthough quite a bit are much more aware I am nearby.
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