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To paint or not to paint

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Quiet Storm, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Quiet Storm

    Quiet Storm New Member

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    I know this will have to be my decision but I'm trying to decide whether having my bike repainted will make me $2000.00 happier. I have a pearl white Heritage Classic and the paint is perfect but it's not my favorite color.

    I'm sure the question is then why the hell did you buy it? The answer is, it was just too good of a deal to pass on.

    Has anyone had their bike painted just to think I should of just left it alone?
  2. hotroadking

    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I guess that depends on how depressed you are over the white.

    I'd look online to see if you can score a set on ebay in a color you prefer.
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    cowboy Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to agree with HRK , look around & try to find a set of tins you can live with easier , C/List or on the bay
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    $2k seems a bit steep on paint on a Heritage does that include removal and re-install, if so if do it yourself and find just a painter should be cheaper.You might even check out HD tins exchange program I think is around that much and you can get somewhat custom paint!
  5. hotroadking

    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    HD color shop exchange is $1649 for a full set for a softail
    you send in your metal and you get back a custom color shop set.

    Check out the HD Color Swap Section

    The Limited series are the numbered sets usually less than 200 issued and
    you keep your stock tins (which you can sell for about $800 or so) to offset the costs

    limited series tins

    So $2K for a straight repaint into a different color seems high, if its going to be custom for $2K and one off that might be good..

    Check Ebay too, lots of paint sets for sale, custom and stock, if you just want it black it should not be $2K jmo...
  6. hotroadking

    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    BTW check around all the dealers,especially ones that have the mega shops and are very likely to carry the custom paint sets

    Bet you can get one at 20% or more off, watch for sales.
  7. Quiet Storm

    Quiet Storm New Member

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    That's a good idea to check out e-bay. I'll give that a shot first.

    I got a quote from a local guy that would take it all apart, paint and put it back together for $1200.00, one color. If I wanted more than one color, flames and stuff, it would cost $250.00 each color.

    I got a quote from Cutting Edge Illusions on three different themes that range from $2500.00 to $3600.00. That kind of rocked me back but their work looks awesome. I would have to take it apart myself and ship the tin to Oregon. I don't think this is going to happen.
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    As with anything you only get what you pay for. I would check out previous customers and then make a choice. It is not hard to remove and install sheet metal, think I read that even a caveman could do it. What ever you get you’ll have to live with good or bad. Ebay or craigslist.com is a good place to look for take off's.
  9. hotroadking

    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Contact Mike

    I know him from another board

    he is good

    SeattleDyna

    I know another in MI

    but you should be able to find something local

    $2K for a custom multi color job isn't too bad,
  10. Quiet Storm

    Quiet Storm New Member

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    Well, I decided to have it painted by a local guy. Here are the tank and rear finder before the clear is applied.

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    HarleysLR Active Member

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    nice color,:D looks like he did a good job, was cost within your budget?
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    Thanks, I really like it so far.

    I'm leaving the running lights off the front and rear fenders and the strip of metal off the bottom of the front fender so he just ordered me a new front fender. The painter said that by the time he welded in the holes it would be cheaper just to get a new one. Even with that it will only cost $1000.00 for the job. Works for me.:D
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    sounds like a really good price to me.
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    nice looking paint job ghost flames & all
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    It took a little while to get the front fender but it's about ready for the ghost flames now. He filled in the rivet holes for a smooth look.

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    cowboy Moderator Staff Member

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    Look's good when you get it all together let us see it :D
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    your painter does good work!!!!!!!!
  18. Quiet Storm

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    It sure took me long enough to post a picture. I do like it better than the white.

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    looks good!!!!! thanks for the pic!
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    very nice, way better than white.

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