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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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New paint anyone?

Picked up a new-to-me 2010 T-bird a couple of weeks ago and can't stop riding it. What a great bike! Well, except for that pesky paint. The bike is black and as you all can imagine, it had some serious swirl marks on it when I picked it up. Seems like repainting is the only way to solve the problem.

I'm curious how many have repainted and what design you went for..I need some inspiration. Also, if you don't mind, include the cost.

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Can't remember the post or who it was, but someone hee recently had thiers done in ghost flames in blue and he said if i recall he paid $2000. But it's going to vary from painter to painter. Chances are you're looking at a minimum of probably $1500 i would say, maybe down to a grand for one solid color. Black has got to be horrific to maintain with this paint. But while lacquer will be better, if you've owned black before you know even thats gonna be problematic as far as swirl marks go. I'd stay away from black. I don't mind keeping mine clean, but even my blue one is a pain to maintain the paint on unless i'm willing to live with the paint in a condition that doesn't live up to the rest of the bike's greatness.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 12:02 PM
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Next year Triumph is going to improve greatly on its water-based paint, required on that side of the pond. They are going to use finger paints, so everyone can do their own custom improvements. Actually, the paint on the SE is pretty good. Regulations on VOCs are really crimping the paint jobs from the factory. I have seen blemishes in paint in new bikes and it spoils otherwise what is a very good motorcycle. The word disheartening comes to mind. Hope Triumph figures out a way to improve on their paint jobs.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 06:39 PM
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Most swirl marks can be buffed out. Go to a decent shop and see what they'll do...
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Thats not the point tho. You can remove them at home with a super slick polishing towel and very fine polishes. The point is that after you remove them they reappear in what seems like a day. One wipe down with detailer just to wipe the dust off will reintroduce them. All you have to do is touch the paint with anything and it scratches it. I once looked at the paint thru a powerful magnifier and i touched it lightly with a finger tip and ran it very lightly across the surface under the magnifier and i watched the scratches appear like dragging a rake thru sand. It amazing how soft it is.

I DO polish them out every so often, but you can't do it enough to keep it scratch free or you'll spend 1/2 your waking moments doing that, plus you'll work thru the clear coat eventually.
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A cheaper alternative to a complete repaint would be to have a hard clear coat sprayed on top of the factory paint.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 12:46 AM
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I've considered that myself, but i'm just too lazy to strip it and find a place. I also wonder how this paint would react to having regular lacquer sprayed over it, if not immediately in the long term.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-04-2011, 02:07 AM
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Mine's pretty new and still in good shape; spraying it with a hard clear coat sounds like a great idea. Does anyone know if there are any compatibility problems with the paint factory paint? I like my blue and white and it sure would be a lot cheaper to just preserve it than have to repaint later.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 09:58 PM
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I intend to paint my Tbird in the next year or so... I've found a couple of local paint booths that will paint it for $200.

I supply the paint and do the prep work... Of course you have to take the bike apart too...

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