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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2006, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Paint Choices?

I was thinking of painting my swingarm, headlight bracket, etc.(everything that's not black except the engine) on my '02 919. Anyone have any ideas about paint, prep work? Thanks.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-16-2006, 05:10 AM
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Let me sum it up for you. Powdercoat

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+1 Especially the swingarm as it can rub from boot contact.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2006, 08:40 AM
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Do we have any metalurgists here????????

The powder coat is cured at 400°F and that worries me because I know a little about metal tempering, but knowing only a little can get me in trouble.
I ask because as you know, some MC structures are quite thin and require their geometry and temper to give them strength. Remember that to soften aluminum to make it malable, Jesse James uses a sooty orange flame from a blow torch, and just passes it over the surface without hesitation. He kinda just shows the metal some heat. After that, the stuff is so soft, it looks like you can almost chew it. This is where my concern comes from. I'd rather err on the safe side.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-18-2006, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by m51142 View Post
Let me sum it up for you. Powdercoat
I would definitely agree that powdercoat would be the way to go for the parts you mentioned. I haven't done it on my 919... YET - but I've done it on dirt bikes (frame, subframe, swingarm, shock spring, etc.) and the results are fantastic. They can match any color you bring them, or just do black if you prefer, and the powdercoat wears like iron compared to spray paint, even if you do the proper prep & prime. On some other forums I've seen pics of the flat black powdercoated swingarms and 'fake' frame pieces - whatever those pieces are that the rearsets attach to on the 919 - and it looks AMAZING! It makes the bike look much sportier.
I'll do it eventually.

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