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How much to paint a bike?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by powerd, May 30, 2012.

  1. I have a Triumph Sprint GT - or rather, will have from Saturday. It replaces a glorious Tornado Red one which was eaten b a car. Trouble is, the colours available on the GT are deadly boring - black, a dark metallic blue blue, and silver which I have.

    I am toying with the idea of repainting the bike red - someone on the British Triumph site has photoshopped it in red and it transforms the bike.

    Anyone know how much it would cost to repaint all the coloured bits - to as new standard? That's fairing, tank, sidecovers, front mudgaurd. I could remove the bits and sand them back as required, to reduce the cost if necessary - I have done some car painting but I'm not good enough for a near new bike in 2 pack. Anyone know someone good here in Canberra?

    If I can afford it, I might have a go.

    Any assistance appreciated.

    powerd
    Canberra


     
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  2. you should PM gongrider. a couple of weeks after he bought my blue Hornet he had a mate of his repaint it and it looks pretty schmick!
     
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  3. Thanks Hornet

    I'll try that. You see I have an ulterior motive. It will, of course, go faster if it is red and I want to feel I have got value for money by paying more than the insurance payout from my old bike.

    Everyone knows silver bikes are slow.

    Cheers
    powerd
     
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  4. I got quoted $1500 by a couple of motorcycle repairers on a brand new Ducati Diavel.
    I eventually paid a bit more and got Ducati to organise it but that included hand painting stripes. Am totally rapt with the job.
     
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  5. So you'll be changing your Uname when you replace the hornet?
     
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  6. im not sure how modifications from factory affects mbikes, like they do in cars. but if you wanna sell it in a few years you may find that a change of colour (from factory) may decrease your chance of selling at 'normal' resale value.

    if money not a problem.....go for it.
     
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  7. The Hornet has been replaced, and changing my username has been discussed, but I think I'd have a serious identity crisis if I had to log in under another name, so I'm staying Hornet. I think at this stage of my Netrider career the name belongs to me rather than being an expression of the bike I ride :).

    I've now got a blue VFR750, incidentally.....

    on the subject of which, jphanna, I have a feeling the change of colour from red to a non-stock Candy Hawaiian Blue was the reason people didn't bid on my VFR when it was on eBay. Suited me, 32 people watched it but no-one bid and I was able to get it for only $500 more than the start price of $3,000.
     
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  8. jphanna

    A wiorthwhile point. Balancing that is that I am thinking of painting it Tornado Red, a genuine Tiriumph colour that was available on the Sprint ST but not the GT, but looks great. Secondly, I may not sell the bike for many years, it will have a lot of extras and I will really keep it in vgc. Plus i have paid a very good price it in the first palce, so depreciation is not such a big problem.

    When repainting stuff, it is important not to isolate many potential buyers, butto improve the looks.

    Cheers
    powerd
     
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  9. Mate its your pride and joy.

    you sound like you know what you want, and you have thought about it, it looks like a beautiful colour.....so why not?

    ride safe no matter what colour it is.
     
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