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Ok, so I am looking at painting my CBR Matte Black. Everything that needs painting is plastic. 1st ? is what would be the best paint to use. 2nd I want to replace the OEM stickers. I am stuck between staying with the gloss black or going with the eBay ones linked below. If you notice in the picture I've already painted the tail. I used Krylon (rattle can) and it came out damn near perfect.

CBR 1000RR 2007 Fireblade Decals Stickers Graphics Set Kit Motorrad Aufkleber RR | eBay




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i hear house of color makes good paint but go to a painter and see what the have the best feedback on.

depending on where you live, how much sunlight you have a year can effect the lifespan of the paint. I know when I lived in the south they recommended I didn't even use wax but rather polish.
 

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As much as I like the red w/black wings, apparently so do all the other cbr owners around me. I like the matte black just as much. Thanks shamrock i'll take a look.
 

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Take lots and lots of pictures of you spraying them, since the next buyer will think you're selling a wrecked bike with made in China plastics.

Krylon is the most economical answer. You could always spray it properly and then use a matte clear coat. It'll look better, but cost as much (or more) than any other paint job.

As for the decals, use Kruzel at DrippinWet.com. He's the best. There's a reason his stuff is on most of the bikes in the AMA paddock (in some capacity). Here's one of the bikes Kruzel made the graphics for:

 

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don't do rattle cans. anyone that has ever painted with real paint guns and paint can spot a spray can job easy.
it never turns out as good. you just don't any better to tell.

plus it's not as durable as a automotive grade paint is. don't ever spill gas on it put it that way.

my answer is the most expensive but the best...automotive grade paints sprayed from a gun.
 

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don't do rattle cans. anyone that has ever painted with real paint guns and paint can spot a spray can job easy.
it never turns out as good. you just don't any better to tell.

plus it's not as durable as a automotive grade paint is. don't ever spill gas on it put it that way.

my answer is the most expensive but the best...automotive grade paints sprayed from a gun.
Quite true. Even a cheap pro paint job looks better than a really good krylon blast.
 

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lol.. I only used krylon on the tail to make sure I was going to like the matte black on the bike. It was a cheaper test than going out and buying a QT of auto paint. Thnx Tony, I would like to stay with the OEM wings, just not sure what color to go with on the matte black.
 

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Personally, I'd use a gloss black or dark matte gray.

It's funny, I was talking to Chris last night and I told him about this post. He said that you want to make sure that the paint work is a smooth, otherwise the decals might not stick in the long term (they might peal on the edges). He can do Honda wings however you want them.
 

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Personally, I'd use a gloss black or dark matte gray.

It's funny, I was talking to Chris last night and I told him about this post. He said that you want to make sure that the paint work is a smooth, otherwise the decals might not stick in the long term (they might peal on the edges). He can do Honda wings however you want them.
I was thinking the same thing about the decals, wondering how they would stick on the matte. I think they would be fine on the sides as long as I put a smooth clear coat on. its the tank that I am mostly worried about. the oem is clear coated over. I didn't think about a matte grey on the wings, might have to play with MS Paint and try that out, thanks.
 

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I was thinking the same thing about the decals, wondering how they would stick on the matte. I think they would be fine on the sides as long as I put a smooth clear coat on. its the tank that I am mostly worried about. the oem is clear coated over. I didn't think about a matte grey on the wings, might have to play with MS Paint and try that out, thanks.
Just asked Chris, he said clear over the decals on the tank.
 

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I was thinking the same thing about the decals, wondering how they would stick on the matte. I think they would be fine on the sides as long as I put a smooth clear coat on. its the tank that I am mostly worried about. the oem is clear coated over. I didn't think about a matte grey on the wings, might have to play with MS Paint and try that out, thanks.
MS Paint? You can get GIMP for free or download Adobe Photoshop CS2 for free (they released it, from their site).

Adobe - CS2 Downloads

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
 

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Got the same paint job on my bike and I like it just fine. Don't much care about other guys' bikes. Don't feel like spending a pile of dough for something that'll get ruined if the bike so much as falls over.
 

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Got the same paint job on my bike and I like it just fine. Don't much care about other guys' bikes. Don't feel like spending a pile of dough for something that'll get ruined if the bike so much as falls over.
I wouldn't even be thinking about doing a paint job if i was looking at spending a lot of cash. Thankfully my Bro-n-law can spray it for me for dirt cheap and i know he does a good job.
 

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I wouldn't even be thinking about doing a paint job if i was looking at spending a lot of cash. Thankfully my Bro-n-law can spray it for me for dirt cheap and i know he does a good job.
Yeah, if I had a paint booth and sprayer (and the experience to do it competently) or inexpensive access to these things, I might paint my bike. Consider it a project. But no way would I pay someone to do it. It costs real money to have it done right where it actually looks better than what you started with. Moreover, it has to be a buttload of work, since the best paint jobs alll start with lots and lots of prep.

Like I said, I don't care what anyone else's bike looks like, so long as I like mine.
 

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Yeah, if I had a paint booth and sprayer (and the experience to do it competently) or inexpensive access to these things, I might paint my bike. Consider it a project. But no way would I pay someone to do it. It costs real money to have it done right where it actually looks better than what you started with. Moreover, it has to be a buttload of work, since the best paint jobs alll start with lots and lots of prep.

Like I said, I don't care what anyone else's bike looks like, so long as I like mine.
it's not as hard as it sounds. I do my stuff in my garage without any kind of "booth" setup.
I just shut the door and crack it open enough to let fumes out. if you wear a mask there is no health risk.
sure I get a little spot of dust or something here and there but when the clear is on and you're not standing there with a magnifying glass you can't see it. and the ones you can see 99% of the time they buff right out.






 

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that looks damn good. That is how my bro-n-law does his as well. I've seen the work he does and know he has been doing it for some time now. He's even painted a 97 stang in the garage and it came out as if he had a booth.
 
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