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Old 11-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Painting the top box

I found a top box and all the mounting hardware on eBay. I'm reasonably happy with it. It is in good shape except that its black and my bike and side bags are all silver. So, I've got a paint project.

Has anyone painted their luggage? Is it hard to get the right color of silver? I have the DuPont code for aluminum silver. Should that give me a good match in the US? Also, what kind if clear? Urethane or epoxy? Any tips or tricks?


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Old 11-08-2012, 06:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I repainted some pieces after the Sprint fell over. The place where I got my paint said they could do a better match on the paint with a piece of the bike that was the color I wanted than they could trying to use the paint code. The match turned out perfect. It just depends on your supplier's preference I suppose. The hardest part was the clear coat. I can't give much advice on that because I never got mine to look just right.
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I understand what you mean about the clear. I have used epoxy in the past. That has turned out ok. Mainly because anything that wasn't perfectly smooth I was able to polish out with auto cutting compound and polish. Not sure if I can do that with urethane clear...


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The most important things to think of to get good result.
-Remove all dust from the location. Wet the floor and walls with water if possible.
-Spray first coat of both color and clearcoat thin
-Watersand with 800-1000 grit paper on the finished well dried paintjob and then polish with rubbing compound and then wax to shine.

The last step is often skipped by DIY painters
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