Painting the Tins
Here I would like to go through the steps that I have taken to paint motorcycle tins. Hope this is a help someone.
1. Smoothing tins, sanding, filling, pulling out dents are the first items to
For an example lets just talk about prepping a tank for paint. This should
apply to all tins including front and rear fender.
A. Sand down tank with 80 grid sandpaper or sandblast to bare metal
unless paint on tank is in good condition. I personally like the sandblasting
to bare metal the best. This way you will take off all of the offending
layers and be able to start over fresh.
B. Use a greese and wax remover prior to adding bondo.
C. Fill all dents with a poly filler like _____________after you have pulled
any dents up as much as possible. Smooth with 80 grit sandpaper and
get the general shape close to the finished conture.
D. Epoxy prime the fender after you have finish sanding your bodywork.
E. Sand your piece with 400 wet or dry sandpaper to give it some bite
for the next primer to stick to. Use a medium soft sanding block with
your sandpaper to avoid getting finger gouges in your new primer.
F. Shoot a primer and sand with 400 grit to smooth all imperfections.
G. Shoot a sealer to seal everything down below.
H. Shoot your basecoat with 2 coats or to hiding.
I. Shoot 3 or 4 coats of clear.
J. Wait a couple of days and sand and buff to a mirror like finish.
Some Tips: Do not shoot at nite. With the lights on you will attract bugs that will get into the clear. I know from personal experience. Now I shoot in the morning.
Tack Rag - When you get your new tack rag take it out of the pouch and completely unfold it. Lightly roll it up like a puff ball and store it in a zip lock until you are ready to use it. (See Photos)
Removing Runs from The Clear Coat
Removing runs from a new paint job is just life!
Check out this video on how to make them disappear magically.