The paint on my bike was generally not great. The plastics had faded and no longer matched the tank and there where a few scratches on different panels where stickers would not really work. Anyway as I had a few days off work I set about trying to find some touch up paint to match the bike, and failed miserably. Apparently Yamaha don't really do colour codes So I decided, stuff it I will respray the bike and off I went to Pronto Paints in Alexandria. I picked up some Mazda metalic Red (27a)...which is the closest i could find to the original colour (the guy in Pronto paints mixed it all up in spray cans)... some primer, some cleat coat, some wax and grease remover and some sand paper. The paint comes in 2 parts. A base red and a top coat red with a pearl in it. I had not painted a bike before so I did a bit of research first and remembered the technique used in a few episodes of "Wheeler Dealers". First off I set about getting everything prepped. The existing decals on the tank where under the existing clear coat so I cut them out with a blade and sanded everything like crazy with p240 and p400. I was careful to makes sure I go rid of rust and made everything smooth. Then I washed everything and gave it all a rub with the wax and grease remover Then with everything cleaned I prepped I gave it all 2 coats of primer. Followed by I light rub with p1200 and then a wipe over with the wax and grease cleaner. Then I put on 3 coats of the red base... .....3 coats of the top coat....and 4 coats of clear... As you can see from the picture above there was a fair bit of orange peel, which given it was pretty hot today, the spray job was done with cans in my backyard and I have not had any previous experience this was to be expected. But not to worry as there where 4 coats of clear on everything so I set about wet sanding it all smooth with p1200.