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I dipped my versys!

2011 maroon/black. I didn't get to the headlight bezel, whoops.. What color kawasaki emblem should I use, orange or white?

I do have some videos of the process, but basically I just cleaned them real well, propped them up on other aerosol cans, and gave them each 4-5 light coats.







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Nice dude looks real cool, stealth fighter. I vote Orange.
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Orange too.

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White emblems would look cool, like the ZX-11.
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Nice job! I like that murdered out look. Can you get semi-flat black decals to complete the anti-chrome scheme?

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Nice job! I like that murdered out look. Can you get semi-flat black decals to complete the anti-chrome scheme?

Either that or leave it blank!


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Looks real nice. A gloss black "Kawasaki" would look sick but if not, go with the orange. White would be too much contrast. A link to the videos would be nice. Also since you have handled that stuff what do you think would happen if you masked an area? When you pull the tape/ mask would it just peel the whole thing?

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Looks real nice. A gloss black "Kawasaki" would look sick but if not, go with the orange. White would be too much contrast. A link to the videos would be nice. Also since you have handled that stuff what do you think would happen if you masked an area? When you pull the tape/ mask would it just peel the whole thing?
Nope. It actually holds very well when pulling tape, as kong as you pull the tape while still wet.
I used it to paint the brand logos on my truck. You don't actually have to tape off the letter shapes. Just tape a rectangle on the paint around the letters and spray the paint/letters. Let it sit for a bit then peel the spray paint off your paint and it teaes itself on the letters edges.
I have never done any taping of different sections on a single panel but have talked to people who have. Its very easy to do.
I have sprayed my truck rims and grill black, and every logo on my truck red. Looks pretty nice.
The main part anout the stuff is when you don't want it anymore, hit it with a pressure washer and off it comes. My rims and rear logos will have been done 2 years in june, and still loom great. I redid my front grill/brand logo on grill last summer because of rocks chipping off little bits, and it needs it again this spring.

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Looks real nice. A gloss black "Kawasaki" would look sick but if not, go with the orange. White would be too much contrast. A link to the videos would be nice. Also since you have handled that stuff what do you think would happen if you masked an area? When you pull the tape/ mask would it just peel the whole thing?
I have not trimmed the fat off the videos so I haven't uploaded them just yet. I didn't get too into removal, etc, just basic spray techniques and how simple it really is.

I don't think the masking tape would work to tape off a section of plastic to paint. It seems too thick and rubbery, and it would definitely pull up at some spot. You might as well give it a try, though, because it just peels right off anyway!

Gloss black was one of my first thoughts, but I didn't get one. hmm.

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Nice job! I like that murdered out look. Can you get semi-flat black decals to complete the anti-chrome scheme?
Yes, I wanted to initially, and now I'm thinking how awesome it really would look. I could only find decals on ebay, where they are perfect rectangles of acrylic. Does anybody know where to find really high quality or factory decals? They are cut more closely to the shape of the letters than these.

Thanks guys!


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damn, now I need to get the swinger and those other pieces by the footpegs powdercoated, and get a black exhaust.


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I like it. The flat black integrates all the various Versys parts and surfaces. Kawasaki should hire you. You did better than their designers.
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damn, now I need to get the swinger and those other pieces by the footpegs powdercoated, and get a black exhaust.
The newer Vs that have black swingarms, forks and rear sets really do look great.

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The newer Vs that have black swingarms, forks and rear sets really do look great.
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I did Rustoleum Engine Enamel, Low Gloss Black, on my Honda and got lots of compliments. Your bike looks terrific - the stealth look is great all on its own, and there aren't many bikes that look like it, so it has the "unique" factor going for it too. Nicely done!
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Would've preferred chrome-coloured emblem on the matte black background.

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Well, THAT didn't take long. Obviously, those pieces are black anyway, I just wanted the uniformity of finish over the whole bike. I also put the decals on. I should've done the black ones, damnit, but next dip I'll mix it up.






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Nice you did Orange on one side white on the other?
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Nice you did Orange on one side white on the other?
Sure did. I couldn't make up my mind on the two, so I did both. Two bikes in one!


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Nice look.
My bike is a rattle can black stealth job too. I did keep the tank panels original color though. But all the other panels were silver when I started. I finished with truck bedliner type spray and it's held up pretty well. Why didn't you spray the headlight surround from silver to black to finish the look?


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Nice look.
Why didn't you spray the headlight surround from silver to black to finish the look?
Cause I'm an idiot and I forgot! I will do it, as I have some paint left over.


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