BMW G650X Challenge Custom Paint

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by nwx, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. nwx

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    It's stormy and wet here in Oregon, so I figure now is as good a time as any to rip apart the X and repaint it. The previous owner (another inmate) bashed it up pretty good so it's going to need some TLC. I'll be updating this thread over the next few weeks to show you my progress. I'm going to leave the final design a mystery until we get to that point in the game. I've painted helmets and bikes before, but if you have any special insight you think I or others here should know, please do so.

    Here's the first day, with the X all naked and with the parts hanging out in the garage. Tonight, it's the heatgun and sanding!:clap

    Let's start with the "Before" picture.
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    The bike all torn apart. It doesn't have very many bolts, it took me all of 10 minutes.
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    Clothes on the floor.
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    Stay tuned.
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  2. kubiak

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    cant wait to see it done!
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  3. Johnnyboxer

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    Just had some of mine 'wrapped':D
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  4. nwx

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    I have experience painting motorcycle stuff, but no one I knew could give me a clear idea about whether getting it wrapped was a good idea. I figure this is going to be cheaper, the trade-off being more time spent on it. How/where did you get it wrapped?
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  5. Johnnyboxer

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    Here in the UK, I'll post up some pics when it comes back
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  6. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  7. nwx

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    Cool, looking forward to it!
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  8. DaveyDave

    DaveyDave Been here awhile

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    Ive done mine myself, but with no experience and having to get it all done and dusted in one weekend because the bikes my commute, has left me with a paint job thats only half to my liking.

    Really looking forward to seeing these results and how to do it with a but more time and care.
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  9. snooker

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    Go Black!!! A $7 can of truck bedliner paint is so cheap easy to work with and the texture looks so coooooool ! Here are some panels I painted on my XCountry:

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  10. kubiak

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    thats a nice two tone job!
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  11. nwx

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    Last night I took a hair dryer and took off all the old stickers. If you've never done it before, it's really easy. Just heat up the stickers a bit, get a razor blade under it to start it and peel off. Mine came off in bits since they were all scratched, thus cut when I tried to take it off.

    Next I'll clean up all the pieces. I'm going to have to apply some ABS cement since there are some stress fractures. I don't think any of them necessitate the soldering iron. Anyone want to recommend a brand? I'm going to go get it today.

    Once that's on I'll sand it all down. Here are pics

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  12. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    I got fed up with the blue too, it was just so 2007:gerg, stripped the decals and recovered the seat, I stuck a few stickers on until I get some inspiration to what to do next, so I'll be watching this one closely.:lurk

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  13. pampaX

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    Funny I just finisehd mine

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    good luck!
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  14. nwx

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    Added the ABS cement filler tonight. Any idea on how long this stuff takes to cure? My Googling says it's 48 hours before I can sand it down but I'm not sure. The rear piece didn't need any fixing. It's got a big chunk out of it that sits under the seat, but I'm just going to sand it down. The ABS plastic cement is really interesting stuff.

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  15. DaveyDave

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    No idea how long it takes to set I'm afraid, never had to use it before.
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  16. nwx

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    Did some sanding. You need to wait 24 hours or more for the abs to work, and you have to make sure you don't glob it on otherwise it just peels off.

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  17. nwx

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    So, I spent the weekend finalizing my design and prepping for it, as well as finishing sanding on the bodywork and applying primer. My original idea was to do desert camo, so I used wax paper, an exacto knife and painters tape to create a bunch of cutouts.

    Now, I think I've changed my mind about the camo. I love it from a design and artistic perspective, but if I'm honest I'm not a very "camo" type of person. I'm going to paint it another color instead, which I'll show you when it's all finished, hopefully this weekend.

    Check out the pics

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  18. DaveyDave

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    So what did you sand it down with? Just paper by hand or have your brought a sander?

    Let me know how the side panels sanded compared to the rear fairing if you can. The rear on mine was really easy and came up totally smooth, whereas using the same technique on the side panels hasn't worked nearly as well. The side panels are really rough in comparison.
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  19. nwx

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    I did it by hand. However, I wouldn't recommend sanding with any grit bigger than 220. I tried to take some big chunks off with 150 and it created scarring in the ABS, which was a headache. Stick to 220, 320 and 600 grit.

    As an update the pieces are painted and they're getting a clear coat tonight. The rear rack is getting a paint job because hey, why not?


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  20. DaveyDave

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    Yeah absolutely dont go coarser than 250 grit from my experiences. I got most of the original paint off with 250 and went up to 1000 at the end.

    What sort of primer, paint and clear paints are you using? I used White Knight paints and I've found that the rear panel has lost its colour and is starting to go blotchy. I've got to assume this is from the heat on the exhaust more than anything else. Would be good to find out what your experience of this.

    I'm thinking of pulling mine back again and giving it another go. I know its blasphemous but I might see if I can get a can of KTM orange this time :)
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