Main Motorcycle: 2007 Bonneville
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada
Other Motorcycle: 2007 Kawasaki Versys
You will have a few challenges on your bike. The main one will be the stripes. I can't remember if they are vinyl on your bike or paint. If they are vinyl you can warm them up with a heat gun and peel them off even under the clear coat. If they are paint you need to sand enough of them off so that your paint surface is level and this is the tricky part, it will take time and paitience. For every layer of paint you go through you need to feather an inch out. So if its two coats of clear, feather out 2 inches which it probably will be. The logos on the tank are vinyl with clear over them unless you have the plastic badges in which case well, they are plastic badges...lol.
What you have going for you - the paint is original so you don't need to strip it down and nor would I. Give the whole bike a good 600 grit sand. Primer will comfortably fill a scratch left by 400 grit paper but since everything is so new you probably don't have rock dings or crap like that to deal with so prep all paint surface with 600 grit paper and wipe it down with wax/grease remover. Dupont and Duplicolor make this product of the top of my head but so does every paint manufacturer. Do all your sanding wet using warm water with a squirt of dish soap in the water. This acts as a lubricant and good old fashined Dawn or Sunlight dish soap is an excellent wax and grease remover. This will insure with the use of the actual Duplicolor degreaser wax remover you will get good adhesion and no fisheyes.
Where you removed your stripes and feathered out lay down a layer of primer overlapping slightly the outer edges of your feathered sanding. You want to overspray that section so it overlaps the outer edges of your feathered sanding. Give it two coats of primer or so. Light first coat, let it get tacky and a med second coat. Walk away from it now and let it harden up over night. Come back the next day and wet sand that primed area now and the edges. Wipe it down with a tack cloth and then prime the whole piece. Light first coat. Let it tack, medium second coat.
The trick in laying down the primer/paint is keep the gun or can at an equal distance from the surface. Slow smooth passes watching the build of the paint. If its building to fast you'll get a run, too slow it won't build and you won't have any flow. As a paint hardens it flows into itself and stuff like orange peel dissppears. Always spray past the end of your work. If you are spraying the tank when you come to the end of the tank keep going until the spray pattern is past the tank.
Wet sand your primer to get any runs or dust out. wipe with tack cloth. Spray your base color. Once you have your color down and the coverage is solid if its not metallic wet sand it with 1200 grit. Don't if its metallic. after lay down any of your vinyl decals. Once that is done lay down a very light coat of clear. To much and your vinyl can curl. Let it tack up then lay down a little heavier coat. let it tack and repeat.
Let the clear harden for a day or so. Then wet sand with 2000 grit and polish. Do not wax. Use polishes and sealers but not waxes. You have about 8 layers of various paints that need to cure so no wax for at least 30 days and do not spill fuel on the paint.
Purple, Yellows and extravagant colors are great but they are fads. Do see many neon blues and greens out there anymore? Nope because they 1986 all over them. Purple is in right now like the mattes. If you only want one paint job I wouldn't go purple, it doesnt age very well. If you are open to repainting in a while then go whatever you you like. You can change colors with the trends. Just my opinion.