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1 julio, 2021

How much paint do I need to paint a motorcycle?

Painting a motorcycle is a way to make an old motorcycle look like new again or to customize a motorcycle to your liking. To paint a motorcycle properly, you need paint, primer, and a clear coat.

To prepare your motorcycle for painting, you will need primer if you are painting parts that are not yet painted. The primer filler removes imperfections in the current paint job, such as drips, so it won’t affect the new paint job. The sealer helps create a surface to which the paint will easily adhere. A clear coat is needed to give the color a glossy, shiny look, as well as to protect the paint.

Amounts of paint, how much paint do I need

For a person who has experienced painting before and is proficient at it, 1 1/2 pints of color is sufficient. For those who are not comfortable with paint, double that amount would be needed. Paint can also get lost in the air when spraying, so buy more than you think you need to be safe.

Other products, which is needed to paint a motorcycle

For every 1 1/2 pints of color, you will need a quarter of other products to complete the paint job. This includes a quarter of clear coat, a quarter of sealer, and a quarter of filler if necessary. Double the amount if you are painting a motorcycle for the first time.

What paint is a motorcycle painted with, what paint is used to paint motorcycles

Whether you’re trying to save a few bucks, or just like the challenge of doing it all yourself, at some point you’ll probably consider painting your own motorcycle. But not everyone has their own home air compressor, or a decent spray booth and spray gun.

But who says you can’t paint a motorcycle in your home workshop with spray paint? Okay, you may not get the same result as a professional painter with a spray booth. It won’t be as durable as modern two-component automotive paint. And you’ll probably spend time and money taking it off and sending it to a professional after you change your mind.

But if you want to learn some new skills, get a perfect color combination, and get the satisfaction of doing it yourself, stay with me and speed up your learning curve.

You can get an acceptable result by painting in your home workshop, if you learn, practice, and follow a process. So I’ve broken my process down into six steps – we’ll cover the first three this week and the rest next time.

Before you begin, be sure to speak with your local auto body supplier for detailed product information and recommendations. After reading this article, you should be able to ask smart questions.

Paint on the tank of the Roland Snel Yamaha cafe racer

Step 1:

Think about the final finish. What color scheme does your project have? Will it have letters, stickers, patterns, or lines? Flakes or flat color? Glossy or matte?

Once you have a final finish in mind, it will help determine the painting process and products needed. A rough layout of your paint scheme will help you plan your painting steps, so don’t be afraid to sketch your design drawn.

Oliver Aschenbrenner's paint sketches for the 271 Design Honda GB500

Step 2: Choose a paint system

Assuming you don’t have an air compressor for this process, your paint selection is somewhat limited. So let’s cover some terminology you might hear about paint technology.

Single stage painting is a painting where color and gloss are achieved with a single coat of paint. Two-stage paints require one coat of paint for the color and another for the protective clear coat (which can be glossy or matte). These two-stage products are commonly referred to as basecoat / clearcoat systems.

Eastwood 2K AeroSpray ™ High Gloss Matte Clear Paint

1K coatings They are coatings that do not require a hardener, activator, or other product to cure. Home paint is a prime example of such a product; single-use striped polish is another. (Most spray paints also fall into this category.)

2K coatings They are products mixed with a hardener just before spraying, to activate a chemical reaction during drying. This provides a durable finish surface that is much less susceptible to damage from weather, UV rays, fuel, or chemicals. Your average auto body shop will spray a 2K finish on modern cars in their paint booth.

Eastwood 2k spray paint suitable for motorcycles

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