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View Results: What color would you choose?
Yellow 4 6.35%
Orange 13 20.63%
Red 5 7.94%
Olive Drab 9 14.29%
Black 12 19.05%
Blue 6 9.52%
Green 2 3.17%
Other 12 19.05%
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Color Change

I'm looking for a change. I can't afford a new bike, right now, but I can drag up enough scratch for a paint job. I've ruined the paint on my Strom trying to get the sticky crap off that was under the stickers, so I'm going to paint the big plastic parts.

If you had the canvas that I have, what color would you pick? I like the original color but hey, any paint I choose will cost the same so why not at least think about a change, right?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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black and red and some drab green always a nice statement, this was last summer's project:




Fixed a distracting mysterious dent in my tank, repaired some upper fairing cracks, a little color here and there, some OD green Mil-Spec Pelican Storms, the rest is history.







Fun project, you can go simple or really make her pop. I had a chum with a body shop lend me some paint booth time and a couple products.
FYI, a pint of quality red base coat paint for this project was like $48 bucks, and then had to be clear coated. End result, light years ahead of STOCK FINISH. Worth it!

Hire it out if it is not in your skillset. The compliments alone are well worth it. Do not use spray cans!
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Decisions, decisions....




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Old 03-04-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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So far there's one good idea and two that leave me scratching my head. I'll let you be the judge of which is which.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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So far there's one good idea and two that leave me scratching my head. I'll let you be the judge of which is which.
Yeah, that KLR is pretty messed up huh?
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #6
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I am not easily offended

I want a 2012 Strom...
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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I am not easily offended

I want a 2012 Strom...
As a fellow KLR owner I can understand the hard to offend thing. We have to be thick skinned.

Your work is way above what the normal bed liner shower most KLRista would do.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #8
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Thanks brother.

Uhh, can I borrow some oil

And a back tire, and some brake pads?

Got a doo spring?
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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Decisions, decisions....




well there's two paint schemes you can count out...
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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One thing I wanted to do on my KLR was mess with some intentional flat finished or satin finished clears over standard base colors.

Suzuki is doing more of that flat finish on the new Stroms as an example.

Basically, you use the same type of paint or base coat, but the "clear" finish that comes last is satin or flat-ish instead of shiny, giving all or part of your work a different look. Sometimes, a flat finished fuel tank surrounded by standard higher gloss fairing plastics, etc., can delivery a neat end result.

Most think of the flat finishes or satin finishes as only OD army green or black.

Wrong. Ural is turning out a few rigs in satin or flat finished orange, that I saw a show recently. I liked it alot.

They are doing it with satin powder coat, but it could be done as easy with base coat/clear coat and go satin or flat.

Just sayin. I have also seen some cool satin clear reds, but this is orange for the sake of conversation

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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Here's some nice combos.

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:45 PM   #12
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One thing I wanted to do on my KLR was mess with some intentional flat finished or satin finished clears over standard base colors.

Suzuki is doing more of that flat finish on the new Stroms as an example.

Basically, you use the same type of paint or base coat, but the "clear" finish that comes last is satin or flat-ish instead of shiny, giving all or part of your work a different look. Sometimes, a flat finished fuel tank surrounded by standard higher gloss fairing plastics, etc., can delivery a neat end result.

Most think of the flat finishes or satin finishes as only OD army green or black.

Wrong. Ural is turning out a few rigs in satin or flat finished orange, that I saw a show recently. I liked it alot.

They are doing it with satin powder coat, but it could be done as easy with base coat/clear coat and go satin or flat.
Satin finish is certainly something that I hadn't considered. Well, not past the OD that is. I'll have to think about that if only for the reason of making it look different.

Thanks for the idea!
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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I went from blue to orange on my Uly. Love it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:19 PM   #14
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I am no doubt in a world by myself, but to me a motorcycle repainted is the ultimate sin and I would never own a repaint or even dream in my worst nightmare of doing so. I have actually had this nightmare and after waking up was relieved even my old 1974 models still have factory paint.
I like the shine of a nice paint as much as the next guy, but there is something appealing about unmolested factory paint albeit even if it's in poor shape. There is this 1987/88 Ford F350 drives around the area here that has no paint left, was original silver that all pealed like all of them, but he opted to leave it be, so all just bare metal and rust for the paint. Cool, cool looking to me left alone.
OK, I'm different, but would still never consider repaint.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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I am no doubt in a world by myself, but to me a motorcycle repainted is the ultimate sin and I would never own a repaint or even dream in my worst nightmare of doing so. I have actually had this nightmare and after waking up was relieved even my old 1974 models still have factory paint.
I like the shine of a nice paint as much as the next guy, but there is something appealing about unmolested factory paint albeit even if it's in poor shape. There is this 1987/88 Ford F350 drives around the area here that has no paint left, was original silver that all pealed like all of them, but he opted to leave it be, so all just bare metal and rust for the paint. Cool, cool looking to me left alone.
OK, I'm different, but would still never consider repaint.
Thanks for that Ron, I think. I guess nobody that owned a Honda in the early 70's thought their plain little bikes would ever be worth anything. So I can see your point.

I'm still painting my homely beastie. Even if it gets shot with the original color, it's getting a refresh. What I've done to the paint is just too painful for me to look at any longer.

I promise, if I ever meet you, I'll keep my bike far from your view. I wouldn't want to cause you to have nightmares.
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