The desire to modify the bike, and do lightweight mechanic-ing, was a primary motivator for me. I was able to get a 20% discount on this bike – it was sitting in the showroom for several months and was part of the previous model-year release. The bike likely sat there because, frankly, it isn’t a looker.
When I started this, I wanted to learn how to paint a bike, understand the process, and see what I could accomplish in my garage.
I started this by looking at colors and paint suppliers. My earlier work on Colour Assignment as stuck with me through the years.
After watching a bunch of great Youtube videos, I decided to use Montana-Cans paint. Specifically the Montana Gold Spray Paing 400ml. For the specific colors, I decided to go with a selection of blue/greens plus an Easter yellow. In my mind, it’s a cross between the Life Aquatic and the water in the Pacific Northwest.
Wet sanding is straightforward. The learning moment for me was in understanding how effective the various grit ratings worked. I started with a 400-grit and quickly realized that I needed something more course. I moved to 200-grit – this change made the process go faster while keeping the surface smooth.
After sanding, I used two different primer paints to prepare the parts for paint. Montana Cans sells a primmer specifically for plastics – this provided a great surface for the paint to stick. I used a universal primer for the aluminum parts.
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