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Question Painting textured plastic?

I'd like to paint the radiator covers on my V. The earlier models had them black, and I think it will look better after I put crash bars on. I wouldn't mind painting the pivot (side) covers too.

The how-to guides assume you're dealing with smooth plastic parts, but these pieces on the Versys are textured.

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What type of "paint" are you talking about? Rustoleum or automotive paint?

If it's Rusto, I'd say just clean them, scuff, prime and paint a few topcoats.

If it's automotive, I think you'll need to consider flexibility, which is where your rustoleum is probably going to have a problem, and definitely consider whether the auto paint will eat the plastic that these things are made out of. (I melted a helmet shell one time from using the wrong type of paint.)

On the other hand, if you use Rusto, you can just repaint them if they start looking flakey.

One more thought, which might address the flexibility is to potentially use dashboard paint - never tried it tho.
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You mean like this.

I just used Walmart brand flat black, $.89 a can. I just lightly sanded them then washed and dried them and painted them.

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You mean like this.

I just used Walmart brand flat black, $.89 a can. I just lightly sanded them then washed and dried them and painted them.
Yep! That's exactly what I'm thinking!

So they're holding up OK? I've noticed that my boots are rubbing the color off the stock side panels as it is....

Since they're textured (or maybe it's called a metallic finish?) it seems like it will be hard to sand into the crevasses so the paint will stick.
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Krylon Fusion paint, made for plastic. No sanding, no priming, just wipe down with alcohol and paint.
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Krylon Fusion paint, made for plastic. No sanding, no priming, just wipe down with alcohol and paint.
x2. Rustoleum makes a plastic paint you can do the same way. I've used it in the past with great results/durability.
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Something I used to do modding PC cases a lot was to use automotive Vinyl Dye. It's used to recolor vinyl dashboards, etc in cars. It's a superfine spray paint with a solvent mixed in that actually penetrates into the plastic. It's very easy to go darker in color, but not so easy to go lighter.
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Painted mine this weekend with Krylon Fusion, looks great.

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I see you have a Fasma tank bag. Which one is it and how do you like it?
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It's the Famsa bag that fits the 1200GS. Perfect fit and it's great!! Just unzip from the base to fill with gas. That is a bit of a pain as I'm spoiled from the Dakar with that tank under the seat!

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Prepped and painted mine with Krylon Fusion Black. See my pic...
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Hey Willie , Did ya paint your rims as well or are they stock???? by the way it looks sweet !

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Yep, I painted them as well with Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel in Glossy Black. Took a whole day to do because of all the prep and masking work, but it was worth it.
I was going to ues Duplicolor's Aluminum Wheel Paint, but they don't make it in Black from what I could find at the local O'Reilly's, Auto Zone, and Advanced Auto Parts shops, so I went with acrylic enamel because it's suposed to be harder than standard auto or Krylon paint....THANKS!
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Prepped and painted mine with Krylon Fusion Black. See my pic...
Looks good. Sometimes it's hard to tell from the pictures, but is it flat, satin, semi-gloss, or gloss?
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Looks good. Sometimes it's hard to tell from the pictures, but is it flat, satin, semi-gloss, or gloss?
Thanks. The can says Glossy Black but with the texture on the parts it looks more like semi-gloss. It matches the OEM Black piece that runs under the tank and seat almost perfectly.
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You fellas used flat black paint, right?
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Nope,
I used Krylon Fusion Glossy Black. It dries like a semi-gloss due to the texture on the pieces. It matches the Black ones from the factory perfectly because I applied shine protectant to them when I first got the bike.
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You fellas used flat black paint, right?
I decided to use the Satin Black (Krylon Fusion). The finish seems to match the other factory parts pretty closely...

I'll post some pictures when I can get a chance.
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One more ?. Willieflo...did you use the same paint on the foot peg mounts? I noticed yours were black also. Considering they are made of aluminum.
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For those foot peg mount plates, I actually used the Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel in Black Glossy after prepping:
1. Take off the shine with 800 grit sandpaper
2. Gave it a 1000 grit wet sanding
3. Washed it with a little Dawn & alot of water
4. Towel dry
5. Give it a Prep All cleaning to get rid of any oils or residue left

I did this same process to do the wheels and used the same Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel since its supposed to be harder than typical Krylon rattlecan paint.
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WillieFlo,

How did you get the tires back on the rims without chipping any paint? Do you have a touchless mag changer or something?

Your V looks good... hope you don't mind a look alike in South Florida.

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