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I am just curious as to any special prep and or what primer works best??? I will be painting my VRSCA this summer and am just gathering some research notes. Anyother heads up regarding painting the rods?

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DungeonWorks said:
I am just curious as to any special prep and or what primer works best??? I will be painting my VRSCA this summer and am just gathering some research notes. Anyother heads up regarding painting the rods?

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Gary
There's a member that does this (Sean aka "ozzycustoms"). He's doing a set for a few members. Mine will be done around mid April or so... You can checkout his stuff at ozzycustoms.com.
 

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Ive painted mine (or had mine painted) but was pretty involved with the process. You prep the surface the way you ordinarly would but you have to spray a etching primer on to the aluminum before you can apply any paint to it. The etching primer grabs hold of the aluminum so that you wont have any problems with adheasion when painting. One thing to note is that these parts are very light and that they should be secured down while painting.
Mine has been done for just under two years and no problems!!
 

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Thanks guys,

I airbrush for fun and as a side gig to my day job at General Motors. I have been doing helmets and such as well as my old Sportster and am trying to learn more about painting the bikes...which is my passion. I have yet to squirt a VRSCA yet...or aluminum at all actually, and did not know if the annodizing would mess with the paint. Thanks for the info!

I seen Ozzy's work on his website and to say the least, his work F%$KING ROCKS! Killer top notch work there! On another V-Rod forum, there is a couple great painters there as well...Jet Blue and Badger Octane to name a couple. I really love Ozzy's flag work, some of the best I have seen!

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DungeonWorks said:
I am just curious as to any special prep and or what primer works best??? I will be painting my VRSCA this summer and am just gathering some research notes. Anyother heads up regarding painting the rods?

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Gary
gary i painted my own v-rod. first i sanded anodized surface with 280 then 320 then used ppg k36 primer wet sanded to 500 then applied sealer,house of color candy cobolt blue with ppg 2021 clear. i chose not to strip the factory clear anodizing off because it's a tuff hard coating and aluminum can be hard to get paint to stick to see old blue in gallery. front fender is a steel
custom piece standard prep hope this helps. i painted bike in november so far so good
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Check with DH at American Custom Paint.
He came through Tampa this morning on his way to Daytona.
I met him this morning at a Harley dealer. He was showing the manager painted annodized parts and explaining he's found a way to keep them from turning yellow. Evidently, that's a common problem when painting stripes/flames/etc on the annodized parts.
 

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i have had my bike painted for a year now, i was so sick of cleaning the wheels i had them done as well, see(v3rod is ready) for pictures.
no problems what so ever yet. :vrod:
 

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Anodizing is not only hard, but it swells the aluminum surface upward as it forms the aluminum oxide layer (the typical specified growth in thickness is targeted at .001" more then what you started with per surface). As it expands, the surface opens up with billions of nooks and crannies, creating a massive increase in surface area. Microscopically, it resembles a kitchen sponge in appearance. This creates a excellent surface for liquid paint to adhere too. Much better then getting paint to stick to bare aluminum.

Although, knowing what paint to choose definitely should be asked of the painting experts like Ozzie... There is probably allot of black magic associated with spaying painting onto anodizing, use the resources available among the forum members.

I would avoid sanding anodizing aluminum, because the pores in the surface structure could fill up with the sanding debris and getting it cleaned out would probably be very difficult. The best way to sand anodized aluminum is to have your local anodizing vendor strip it off (inexpensive per lot), then sand the panels to your liking and send them back to your local anodize for re-anodizing.

I'm probably the wrong guy to ask about painting, but the right guy to be talking with if you want to discuss any failures in painting anodized aluminum. My experience is with anodizing aluminum, not painting it.
 
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