Jesse Luggage - Turning Silver to Black

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jwnsc, May 4, 2012.

  1. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    Nice! Thx
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  2. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    I noticed the finishes in the videos were all smooth paint. The Jesses have a "hammered" looking finish which is not smooth. Wonder if that would make a difference with the PlastiDip, and if so, what kind of prep work on the boxes would be necessary to keep it from prematurely peeling off.

    I just painted a metal bracket for a voltage monitor with a few sprays from a can of finely-textured, black Rust-oleum. I'm tempted to just save some money and use a couple cans of that. Cost $16.
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  3. MADSTROM

    MADSTROM Long timer

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    I painted some high dollar wrought Iron furniture with the Hammered finish last summer. This is what I suggested previously. I used the Dark Bronze tone. It sat out this past winter and looks just fine. Also, a friend of mine just painted a set of used Jesse bags and trunk that he in stalled on his 97' GS1200. I think he confirmed with Jesse that they use the same paint. He used the Silver and they now look like new. You could use Black or possibly even the Bright Red. You could try a sample and see how it matches the red on your bike.

    http://www.rustoleum.com/cbgproduct.asp?pid=29
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  4. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    Do you know if your friend used the recommended Flat Aluminum Primer
    or how he prepped the surface?
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  5. MADSTROM

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    I'll ask him.
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  6. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    I don't care what anybody says. Nothing that comes out of a rattle can is as durable as a professionaly applied finish!! The OP is talking about a couple of grand worth of luggage and the hacks here are trying to talk him into a spray bomb job! Look at the thread about gluing the knobs back on your tires. There is a fool born every minute!! GH
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  7. GH41

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    Oh my aren’t you eloquent ... Hacks, fool? :dizave. By the way it's more like $1,200 - $1,300 for a set of Jesses.
    $1430 for the side and $580 for the top. It doesn't matter to me if he does a $10 rattle can job on his stuff or not. It just kills me that someone would take advice from internet idiots that with NO idea what they are talking about. GH
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  8. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    Easy, now, easy now, the last time I checked the boxes, they were still sporting their professionally-applied silver powder coat. Obviously, the maxim "De gustibus non est disputandum" has not made much of an impression. Heck, some people even believe the silver looks fine with the red and black. FWIW, I'm just "tempted" to go the quick and easy rattle can route, but still "leaning" towards the professionally-applied black paint if I don't sell them. The Line-X and black powder coat options are also professionally applied.

    Also, for the record, I have the invoice for the Jesses from the original owner from XplorerMoto. He paid $1295 for the panniers and $510 for the top case three years ago. How much of the $8K total selling price of the bike the Jesses comprised was never discussed.
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  9. GH41

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    I have lived in SC for 25 years and never knew it was once called the iodine state! I know I suck but have you thought about calling Al Jesse and getting the name of the powder coat guy he uses? I know he doesn't do it in house. Coating is not that expensive if the applicator is using that color day in and out. It may be worth a shot. GH
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  10. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    Yes, and our unofficial motto is "Thank God for Louisiana!"

    I have a pretty good powder coating guy here in Summerville. (Suraco's)
    He'll only charge $100 bucks for the two side boxes if I do all the other prep work, and can wait until a bigger order using the semi-gloss black I like is being done. Don't think he can duplicate the hammered finish Jesse used. Won't hurt to try to locate Al's guy, but if they want $25 shipping for a $40 gasket kit, I'm wondering what it'll cost to ship two boxes from SC to AZ and back. I'm riding to IA at the end of the month. Slight detour to Glendale?
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  11. GH41

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    I have Safari side cases being delivered Friday to HHI that were shipped UPS ground today. No way that could happen if Jesse's factory and powder coat guy is in AZ! It doesn't hurt to ask. GH
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  12. bomber60015

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    Clearly, your choice of colors is very personal, but, man, when you start adding resale value into the thought process around a modification of something that is, for may people, a plaything, you are greatly complicating matters, I believe.

    Powder coating will last longer than most anything else out there (spray on plasti-dip will not survive for long) . . . I say build what you like, for what you can afford, and enjoy it.
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  13. Laconic

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    Go for the zero cost option. Silver will keep your stuff cooler in the hot sun.

    Spend the money you saved on beer.
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  14. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    Most riders don't give resale value much though, but I've resold every
    bike I've owned, except one. :wink: I guess what I meant by that was resale
    value of the luggage specifically, if I decided to sell it separately from the
    bike, and go with a lighter setup.
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  15. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    Heard from Al Jesse. While the contact info for the guy he uses to do his powder coating was not shared with me, he did advise that you can put powder coat over powder coat, one time, if the bags are sanded and heated before applying the second coat. As I explained to Al, none of my local powder coaters will attempt it and want the bags stripped of the first coat.

    Anyway, I'm ready to move on and have become underwhelmed with the idea of stripping a perfectly good finish and spending hundreds to professionally powder coat or paint the boxes.

    I have set of these ordered. If I like the way they function and look on the GS, look for an upcoming Flea Market ad.

    The winner - Option 4.
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  16. lucas123

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    What mounting rack are you going to use with those soft bags?
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  17. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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