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Hi,

I was thinking about spray painting the metallic engine covers of my thruxton R (pic below)

Is this a good idea? I’d rather not spend lots of money on something I might be able to do myself.
I’m not a professional spray painter in any way, but have some experience.

Which products should I use? Is there a step-by-step guide online I can read/follow?
Should I remove the covers before painting or is masking good enough?

Open for all ideas and suggestions!

Thanks!

 

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PJ1 Satin Engine Paint. Smells like hell when the bike is warmed up the first time after painting, but good stuff. Very forgiving... Almost impossible to get runs.
 

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Remove the casings and have them powder coated or take them to a body shop and have them sprayed with two pack paint for a more durable finish . Don't worry about heat proof paint its not needed if your engine got that hot it would be the least of your problems .
 

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Just curious BartVS if u decided what to do with your covers? I am great with a rattle can and have done covers, heel plates, swing arms and other various bike parts over the years of customizing bikes, I use 2 different high heat engine spray paint products. It works great very durable but u can’t put a clear coat on it to give it that extra layer of protection it ends up emulsifying the paint for some reason. So the paint coat can b subjected to scratches and and u would have to b careful when it comes to cleaning those parts that have been rattled can sprayed if, if u use the wrong cleaning product It will smear and ruin the paint coating.
As far as using a rattle can to spray the covers on my TTR like I have done on my other bikes it wasn’t going to happen, after spending a lot of cash for a high end bike like the TTR i want to keep the quality of products and finish to higher standards. To me my TTR is a high end supermodel bike which means High Maintenance and high end products, just like my wife...lol. So I decided when I got TTR I made promises to myself that what ever mods or parts I do to the bike they had to b solid quality and craftsmanship compared to my own.
So that’s why I decided to have my TTR sprocket cover and heel plates professionally powder coated This time around. i had them done in a Semi-gloss black, top quality coating and it only cost me $60. For all 3 parts, what a deal compared to the cost of a o.e.m. Matt Black cover that would cost over a $100. Alone.
so these r just my personal feelings after years of customizing bikes and using a rattle can, hope this helps....FTG
P.s. heres some pics of my rattle can work I did on my last custom bike and pics of my powder coated TTR sprocket cover and heel plates...
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Rust-Oleum is a fantastic paint product. I have used it on many bike parts including side cases. If you glass bead the item before spraying it lays on a beautiful smooth finish that nearly is as nice as powder coating. I have not used the high temp and had great results on side cases.
 

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Heres before and after pics of a swingarm I rattled canned with chrome. Chrome spray is real tricky because it can run easy if u are not paying attention. I think it came out great.....FTG
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