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Old 12-18-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

Before I repaint my bike a metallic gunmetal (If I can get the color) I believe I would have to strip the paint off of the tank and fairings then sand with something around 600 grit. I'm just making assumptions and will experiment on the GSXR.

In any case, is there any stripper that anyone could recommend which is safe to use on my fairings and gas tank exterior?

P.S. any repainting tips would be useful. I've already got a paint gun & compressor.
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

uhh just sand it and prime it
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

Dont use any stripper on the plastics. Just sand real good to where it is no longer shiny and then a bit more. Then you can start to primer it and sanding.
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Old 12-19-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

just wet sand with 800 grit paper using washing up liquid in the water, about a cupfull to a bucket of water and sand in a circular motion.( 25 years in the refinish industry) Don't use paint stripper on plastic as it can melt some types, as long as the surface is sound and on a new bike it is ,you do not have to remove old paint. Good luck.
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Old 12-19-2006, 06:09 PM   #5
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

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just wet sand with 800 grit paper using washing up liquid in the water, about a cupfull to a bucket of water and sand in a circular motion.( 25 years in the refinish industry) Don't use paint stripper on plastic as it can melt some types, as long as the surface is sound and on a new bike it is ,you do not have to remove old paint. Good luck.
Is there a particular type of product for 'washing up' or just any mild soap?

Also, should I sand by hand or purchase an electric circular sander (12,000RPM or so)?

Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:38 AM   #6
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

Hand sand it. It doesn't take very long. The hardest part is getting the glue from the decals off. Goof-Off will do the trick there. You could use "aircraft stripper" on the tank since it's metal, but you'll still need to take a razor to break through the clear and remove the decals from it. Just trace the decals on the tank with an exacto and peel off the stickers. You'll need to prime the tank to get a good finish. The plastic body panels just need a good scuffing and they'll be ready to go with a quality paint.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:37 AM   #7
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

+1 to all the advice! Dont forget to put a water trap on that compressor and refrain from getting your skins oil on the paint surface post prep. fish eyes dont look good in metallic gunmetal.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:35 PM   #8
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

just regular washing up liquid and no you don't need a sander just your hand(s).
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:39 PM   #9
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Re: Paint Stripper for Fairings & Tank?

I'm not a professional painter nor do I have any formal training, but I have a learned a lot through trial and error. Make sure you tape any holes on the tank so you dont get trash in it. While your tank is off, you may as well check your air filter. If you have any inperfections in the stock paint that you dont want in your finished product, make sure you address them before you lay down your base. Repairing small cracks or rock chips is a lot easier than you think; do a search on this forum or google it and you can find a lot of information on body work. I'm not sure where you are located but unlike Biloxi M.S where the temp was in the 70's this week some parts of the country are cold. If you are painting in a garage you might want to find some way to get the temperature up to about 70, and even then I would let my paint flash (dry) for about 45 minutes between coats. Let your paint supplier know that you are not a professional painter and he can help you choose the appropriate paint reducers and hardeners. Also, if you are on a budget like myself and cant afford a expensive variable speed buffer, go to Harbor Freight and get the $30 one from them. I have a coupon code that they sent me when I ordered mine that you can have If you email me. I guess my overall advice would be to take your time. If you rush I can almost guarantee that you'll get a shitty paint job.

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