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Old 02-27-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Looking for a good motorcycle painter in So Cal

I am looking for a good motorcycle painter in Southern California. I am restoring an r75 and I want it original looking as far as paint and pin striping. Thanks............John
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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Nick Bataglia, owner of Loose Canon Customs in San Diego did some body work and painted my Honda Shadow last year. did a fantastic job:)

sadly, the pics don't do the candy and pearl justice.

I know it's not an airhead, but Nick is who I'll use when I ready to paint my R80/7.

He does beautiful pin striping as well.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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I can't help ya with the paint, but the best pin striper I've seen as far as stock stuff goes is Iverson, Dudes seriously magical.

Bob Iverson 714 847 4175

I know some good painters, but most don't do the pin striping themselves.

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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Harpoon is really good pinstriper,
He mostly works in the grovey retro style so popular with the kids.

There are litterally thousands of pain shops in SoCal.
With prices from spray bombs in your back yard up to 5 figures for a one color paint job.

Do you have a low, med or high budget? Most of the places I know about are targeted toward the high end of the market.
Custom, show and concept stuff. But I could poke around and asks some questions ifin I know your budget.
Feel free to PM me if you'd like.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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I looked forever and talked to a lot of guys who specialize in old BMW restorations. They all quoted me $1200-$1500 for my fenders, head/taillight shell, and a few assorted pieces (not including the tank and frame).

I ended up taking mine to a Harley custom painting shop. After spending all day painting fades, flames and skulls, a black paint job with white pinstripes was a piece of freaking cake. A week later I got my parts back painted and striped for significantly less than the guys who specialize in BMWs.

If money is no object I heard a lot of good things about Bavarian Cycle Paint in SoCal. He never quoted me, but did mention that he's booked through the summer. Must be pretty darn good.

Just take pictures and specs. I've read many reports from others who indicate that even the original pinstripes tend to vary in width and spacing. They weren't perfect.

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Old 02-28-2012, 05:47 PM   #6
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thanks for the replies. It looks like most places are around a grand for the tank, headlight bucket, fenders and saddlebags.
It seems fair as there is a fair amount of work involved and it will make or break the look of the bike. A ratty old bike looks better than a shitty paint job IMHO. Has anyone used Smokey's in San Clemente? I went by his shop and he had several parts in for paint but everything was still getting prepped for paint so I didn't see the finished product. I will go back when I get off work next week.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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Cycle Garden?

Not sure if that is in your zip code, but I've been there and seen some of the tanks and pin stripes they do on the old Guzzi Eldos, top notch.
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