by Anastasia Blackwood
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Restoring an old motorcycle or repainting a new one can be one of the most striking improvements you can make. If you select the color carefully and are patient while painting your motorcycle, the results can be amazing.
Remove the fairing and clean it with the alcohol-based cleaner.
Sand the fairing with 400-grit sandpaper, paying particular attention to the grooves. Don’t sand all the way to the plastic, just through the top coat.
Clean the fairing with the microfiber towel, removing all residual sanding dust.
Hang the fairing so that its entire surface is easily accessible when priming. Check the primer instructions to see how far you should hold the can from the fairing. If you keep it too far, it won’t cover the surface, and if it’s too close, the primer will build up and run off.
Spray the primer over the entire fairing in sweeping motions. The primer may require several coats for complete coverage. If so, let it dry completely before applying another coat. Once it’s well covered, let it dry for the recommended time on the can.
Buff the primer gently with 800-grit sandpaper until it feels smooth. Use the microfiber towel to clean the residual dust.
Spray lacquer over the entire fairing. Use sweeping motions and apply light coats, allowing it to dry completely between coats. It may require two or three coats. Let dry for the time recommended on the can.
Spray finish coat over entire fairing, using sweeping motions. The top coat may require two or three coats. Allow to dry according to the directions on the can. The top layer is the most important layer since it is on the outside and is more visible; resist the urge to touch it until you are sure it is dry.
Wax and buff the fairing after completing your paint job. This will give the paint a glossy finish.
- If you selected a dark lacquer color, it is easiest to use a dark gray primer to avoid the need for additional coats. If you selected a light lacquer color, using a white primer is more effective.
- If the paint is running, you can wait until it is dry and sand it down before applying another coat.
- Practice your painting technique before you start painting your fairing.
- Always paint in a well ventilated area.
- Do not paint near open flames or sparks!
Articles will need
- Alcohol-based cleanser
- 400 and 800 grit sandpaper
- Microfiber towel
- Aerosol primer
- Spray hairspray in the color of your choice
- Top coat of spray paint