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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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First round of customizations complete...

Hello all. Three weeks ago I bought a 2010 Thunderbird SE in Cardinal Red, with 87 miles on the odometer. Wanted you to see what's become of it since that time. Switching to Truimph short pipes and adding a single rider seat to the mix in the near future. Tell me what you think.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 02:53 PM
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beautiful paint!!! I hate triumph's water based, it's dull by comparison and scratches just looking at it. What did the paint set you back?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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The paint was a $2,000 job. The cobalt paint has a base of gold metallic, and the candy blue flames have a base of silver metallic. The entire job is 12 individual layers of paint, topped with 6 coats of clear. It's truly stunning in the sun. The painter had the bike for two weeks.
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I can't afford that after all i've put into mine, but i like my paint scheme so i've been considering having it clear coated with lacquer if thats possible over water base. I think it is, and a lot of built up clear coats oughta give it a custom quality sheen. The triumph paint job is nice and i really like the cora-esque scheme, but the top coat is just much too soft.
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That paint looks amazing. I almost wish I'd have bought the SE model that was at my local dealer when I bought my silver bird. The idea of repainting didn't cross my mind. I figured it would be easier to add a few accessories. Had I known how soft/scratch-able the stock paint is I'd have gone the route you did.
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I've been polishing mine with a cream that has Teflon in it and havent got any scratches on my paint that I can see.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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I can't afford that after all i've put into mine
I probably wouldn't have done this either, were it not for the deal I got on the bike. I found this one with 87 miles on the odometer, and the seller wanted $5K less than the local dealer wanted for the exact same bike "brand new". I decided that I could just change the color of this one with some of the money I was saving over buying new.

FYI - the man who painted my bike does a lot of work on Harleys. He told me that the mechanicals of the Thunderbird were the best he'd ever seen.

Here's what it looked like a week ago, and a week before that.
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