How to Paint Motorcycle Fairings
Before you start your project put on old clothing preferably long sleeved shirt , pants and an old pair of shoes in case you get over spray or drips on you. Find a well ventilated area away from animals and valuables. A face mask is also a plus to have so you don't inhale paint fumes.
- Prepare a work area. Lay a drop cloth down on the ground to a catch paint drips or splatters. Remove windscreen from your fairing.
- Use 80 grit sandpaper to sand the fairing removing all old paint. Be sure to use straight strokes. This can done using a belt sander or by doing it by hand. Sanding by hand is the best way to remove the paint from tight corners and crevasses. This step should be completed before moving to next step.
- Look over the fairings and repair any dents or scratches. Use a fiberglass repair kit to fill all damaged areas. Use 80 grit sandpaper to smooth all damaged areas so that they blends uniformly with the rest of the fairing contours.
- Tape over your headlights and other areas you do not want to be painted. Take your time and be sure to not under tape so you don’t have unwanted painted areas.
- Using a spay gun or spay can apply Primer to your fairings. Apply a thick enough coat to fill all fine scratches and blemishes. Using Primer is necessary to end up with the best finish possible. Allow Primer to dry before going to next step.
- Use 400 grit sandpaper to roughen the finish over the entire premiered surface. This will make the paint stick better with less chance of drips.
- Apply at least 2 coats of lacquer paint. Let each layer dry before adding the next..
- After lacquer paint is dry apply a topcoat for shine and protection. Do this using a spay gun or spay can. Apply 3 coats letting each coat dry before applying the next. Allow adequate drying time before assembling.
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