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Old 02-29-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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Can I paint dirtbike plastic? If so, suggestions?

Greetings, I have an old KLX650R that I use as a guest bike; I would like to paint the old fading plastic OD green, the frame/swingarm are going out for powdercoating (flat black). Is it possible to paint the plastic and it lasting. p.s. the seat has been given new foam and recovered black. So, now any of you wayward travelers will have something to ride when you pass through Northern NM!
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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Mr. Generous: Yes, it IS possible. is it a good idea? probably not. Because it's a dirt bike, that paint will come off faster than you can say "paint stripper on a brass pole".......
I made that mistake with an '87 KX250 once.....
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
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http://www.krylon.com/main/product_t...roduct_details

http://www.specialchem4coatings.com/...ws.aspx?id=623

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Old 02-29-2008, 03:11 PM   #4
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Cool2 paint

Walmart carries plastic paint in a spray can. I used this od green paint on some handguards on a KLR and it did a good job.
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:58 PM   #5
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I've used the Rust-oleum 'Paint for Plastic' on my house's shutters, and they've withstood about 18 months of wind, rain, sleet, thunderstorms, snow and sun with nary a peelage or fade.

I'd bet it would work pretty well as long as you clean the plastic thoroughly.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:03 PM   #6
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Krylon makes a paint called fussion, I have painted many body panels before and after a week they are nice and flexible and the paint does not com off.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:18 PM   #7
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I just bought this TT350 that had been carelessly spraypainted by the previous owner. It looks terrible, but was also terribly done. I'd bet you could do a good job, but personally - if the plastics are so bad you want them painted, just buy replacements.

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Old 03-02-2008, 03:06 AM   #8
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I used some primer meant for plastic car bumpers (fenders to you chaps) clean and prime the part, then overcoat with the paint of choice, I tried it on the right hand side panel thing on the GS and thats a very flexible piece of plastic, six months and no flaking or cracking, it works.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:00 AM   #9
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I just bought this TT350 that had been carelessly spraypainted by the previous owner. It looks terrible, but was also terribly done. g[/IMG]

Man, that's about as close to an anti-theft paint job as I've ever seen.

It's a shame what the previous owner did to what was once a great trail bike. Those old TTs were almost bullet-proof.

I hope it runs better than it looks, 'cause it's uglier than homemade sin.

You could almost leave it running and not have to worry about someone stealing it!
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:39 AM   #10
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Man, that's about as close to an anti-theft paint job as I've ever seen.
I was thinking it looked stolen
BTW all KTM 640 & 950 Adventures come with painted plastic.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:17 AM   #11
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Whoa, sorry about the multiple posts!

I was getting some sort of "database error" when I tried to send it....

You can go back and delete the duplicate posts.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:32 AM   #12
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I just bought this TT350 that had been carelessly spraypainted by the previous owner. It looks terrible, but was also terribly done. I'd bet you could do a good job, but personally - if the plastics are so bad you want them painted, just buy replacements.
That bike looks like it was stored in the corner of an autobody shops's paint booth!

I'm glad the PO took the time to camo the black frame, because you wouldn't be able to spot the bright red seat and fork covers in the woods.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:02 AM   #13
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Truck bed liner

Truck bed liner is a spray applied coating that seems to stick to almost anything, and it goes on in a rough, textured (thick) layer, so it's should have the ability to last.
I'm planning a new fininsh for my Tiger (ot of this stuff) this spring.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:26 AM   #14
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on the truck bedliner.

Stuff will stick to anything!

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Old 03-07-2008, 07:57 AM   #15
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Too cool!
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