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I'll be painting my CB360T in about a week. I've decided on doing the bike a silver colour. I'll be leaving the frame black. Does anyone have any suggestion on silver paint codes? I'm looking for something that will look sharp and not just the norm. I'm also going to do some black racing strips across the top of the tank. And I'm toying with the idea of pin striping on the sides of the tank and cowls. But is there some sort of pin strip "tape" that I could use. I was thinking I could do the pin striping and racing strips before the clear coat. So by doing so could I use an adhesive type tape?
 

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I'll be painting my CB360T in about a week. I've decided on doing the bike a silver colour. I'll be leaving the frame black. Does anyone have any suggestion on silver paint codes? I'm looking for something that will look sharp and not just the norm. I'm also going to do some black racing strips across the top of the tank. And I'm toying with the idea of pin striping on the sides of the tank and cowls. But is there some sort of pin strip "tape" that I could use. I was thinking I could do the pin striping and racing strips before the clear coat. So by doing so could I use an adhesive type tape?
As for paint codes the silvers I have been looking at are mostly BMW and Acura colors. Very small flake and a nice bright color. my chopper tank is using 1996 Acura Integra silver for the base (gold 50's style scalops over it), mostly becuse the GF just wrecked her car and it will be easy for the paint guy to throw the tank in there with it when it gets sprayed.

Pinstiping tape is garbage. seriously, garbage. you can use it if you want but if you are not painting the bodywork yourself it will be hard for you to convince the body guy doing the spraying to let you touch the tank before the final coat of clear is on it. Even if you still go ahead and want to use the tape you will need a coat of clear down so the adhesive doesn't lift the color coat.

If you are not skilled in the ways of the sword and dagger brushes, somebody close to you will be. check in the sketchkult.com message board and see if there is a youngblood nearby that needs the exposure (that way he/she is cheap). There has to be at least a couple of professional stripers in your area too but I'm trying to save your budget.

Hot rod shows and panel jams are the best way to get work done for cheap, check the events schedule in your area.

You can lay stripes on under clear coat with a brush, with 1shot you will need a hardner (which I don't recomend, HoK makes a whole line of pinstripe paint meant to go under clears out of the can but they cost. you can use regular automotive paint but you have to mix it to the right consistency and that alone takes some skill.

I know I am not the only line puller on this board to someone else will chime in about all the stuff I missed.




Edited by - geeto67 on Oct 30 2006 10:34:50 AM
 

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My favorite silver is the mid 1990s Ford Mustang silver. Simple, clean and "bright" without the greyness that some have. It's also easy to match with rattle cans from Autozone if you need to touch up a spot or do a detail part that the painter missed.

As for pin-striping you're on your own. I've painted a bunch of cars & Vespas but I've never been tempted to stripe them. Good luck!

Are you planning to lay down the paint yourself? If so, I can give you a couple of good tips that are no-brainers for the pros but helpful to us amateurs.
 

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To do the stripes, lay a coat of black where you want them, then lay out the stripes with 1/8 inch thin-line blue tape. Made by 3M. Great stuff. Paint the whole deal silver. Peal the tape, and shoot the clear. Save time, tape, and the valley will fill with clear easier than covering a stick on type stripe. Use a lot of wax and grease remover between steps.
 

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Hey thanks for all the tips. I am planning on doing this painting myself. A friend has all the tools so I was just going to use his shop. I also have a friend who is a tatoo artist. She says she could probally pull the lines. Other wise that 3M tape sounds like a good method.
 

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Hey thanks for all the tips. I am planning on doing this painting myself. A friend has all the tools so I was just going to use his shop. I also have a friend who is a tatoo artist. She says she could probally pull the lines. Other wise that 3M tape sounds like a good method.
The 3M thin 1/8" blue line tape is a plastic tape. It is what a lot of custom painters use to lay out flames because it is flexible and won't lift when you make a curve with it. Relly fun stuff to play with.
 
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