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Old 01-05-2013, 04:55 PM   #8
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Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Bellingham, WA RAIN or shine
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Originally Posted by JZed View Post
I painted the fork sliders on my '86 R80 a few years ago. Cleaned them as BMWEURO described and hung the sliders up in the garage door. I used a good heat gun to preheat the sliders be warm to the touch and applied several light coats, 4 or 5, with a little preheat in between coats to keep the sliders a little warm. (pretty warm to touch, but not too hot to hold). The result as a pretty durable paint coat that has withstood 6 years of mostly year round commuting and still looks good. I use a similar method on my valve covers.

'86 R80
'92 R100GS
'06 KLR650
What about powder coating?
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