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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 20:43
Who worked with that ? Happy with the results ? I think I might paint my frame and swingarm black(yeah the SS one I bought ). I was thinking of plastidip because I can always go back .... I'm hoping to get a finish close to the latest XB's, like kinda satin black ... Would the regular black be too glossy or should I go with the camo black ?  I don't want to buy a can just to test because one can here, in Quebec,Canada, costs 20$ !
Is the finish nice enough to paint a frame with ? Will it last, knowing that legs are rubbing on the frame all the time ?

Thanks, any info welcomed !
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 21:40
The challenge you'll have with something like a swing arm is, if it pulls loose, you'll have to re-do it.  And in order for it to look good, you'll probably have to pull your swing arm off which is more work than its worth just for Plastidip. It's a cool product, but I don't think it's a long term solution for what you're trying to do. Ive used it enough to have some basic experience with it.

Certain places its fun to mess around with, easily accessible places/parts, but I don't know that I'd do an entire swing arm. Probably not what you wanted to hear Big Twin, but again just my opinion.  Try it out on some other parts first, like frame rails, or plastics, etc.
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 21:44
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you'll probably have to pull your swing arm off


I WILL have the swingarm in my hands, I'm changing it !
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[?]   Posted:  21 Nov 2012 22:20
Powder coat it and be done...
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 00:16
don't plasti-dip your frame or swing arm you will regret it when it starts to peel of because you accidently kinked it. Rather paint it with a black enamel or if you got $$ powder coat it.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 05:33
See this link
[url=null]http://www.buellxb.com/Buell-XB-Forum/Do-It-Yourself-Buell-Mods/Plasti-dip-fail.....[/url]
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 08:07
Checked your link Ryan, now I`m even more confused .... some say it`s bad idea, some say this stuff is good ...
The reason I want to do this is that I will be changing my swingarm for an SS. It has road rash I have to fix and it won`t be same color as my frame. So either way I have to paint it.Might as well change the color to black, I like the black bikes(last generation of XBs), but I don`t want to undo the whole frame to get it powder coated ... and like I said, I can always go back  .... argghhhh tough it would be an easier decision ...
Or I simply paint my swingarm with a rattle can of Buells graphite gray like my frame ..... I really like the black frames ....
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 10:28
I have alot of experience with plasti dip. It absolutely 100% will not work on your frame. Your legs will peel it. If you already have the swingarm removed, powdercoat it. If plasti dip is $20 a can it will cost you as much as powdercoating. Good luck!
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 10:33
My experience with plasti-dip is it always (no matter how well you prep the surface) peels (at least the spray on stuff...). From everything I gather on it, it is meant to completely surround the surface it is meant to coat. If you have an edge anywhere it will eventually come loose. Imagine an entire side of the frame coming off at 80mph+. I wouldn't risk it... It is your bike hwever, and it will probably look good for awhile.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 10:44
The rattle can would be a better short-term solution than the plastidip, IF you're waiting to powder coat.

But again, if you decided to powder coat later, you'll have to pull the swing arm off again. Which is no small task.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 11:08
Why not just get a rattle can of buell graphite grey and be done with it? If you realy want black to do it right your gonna have to tear the bike apart. Might aswell go with a more permanent ,durable finish. I would use a automotive paint maybe even bring it to a body shop that way you never have to mess with it again. Or if your on a budget duplicolor paint shop makes a pretty easy to aply paint you just need a air compressor and hvlp . Ive had good luck with this. Think they even make a satin or flat. Make sure to prep with wax remover first whatever you use to avoid fish eyes or orange peal effects.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 14:45
Prep has nothing to do with plasti dip. Soap and water and its good to go. Requires no sanding or solvents, prep is easy as pie. It would absolutely never ever fly off the frame at speed. The friction from your legs and feet would cause peeling edges and it would look imperfect. I have done many buell swingers and pulleys.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 17:03
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It would absolutely never ever fly off the frame at speed


I beg to differ.   

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o196/freak2180/9A0C2938-483C-4A82-AE67-7221CB991833-2171-0000046C56DFC03F.jpg.
Happened at speed and was no visible flaws before the ride.
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[?]   Posted:  22 Nov 2012 22:14
I think I might rattle can the swingarm graphite gray, and then, plastidip the frame and swingarm. So if it peels, i just remove everything and stay graphite gray .... lots of trouble though ...
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[?]   Posted:  23 Nov 2012 06:19
i'd plastidip my wife....but i'm single.
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[?]   Posted:  23 Nov 2012 08:56
Do not plastidip your frame, you will regret it!  It will look fantastic until you scratch it.  Even friction over time(a short time at that) from the inside of you legs will make it look like ass....If you want a black frame, do it right.  Strip the bike down and paint or powdercoat the frame/swingarm.  Do you really want to have to go through the time and effort to peel all the plastidip off once it starts looking like crap?  Or go out and by a used frame and swingarm that are already black and do a swap.  Not trying to knock plastidip...I have a can in my garage and it is fantastic stuff  and has its uses, but as a durable finish it kinda sucks
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[?]   Posted:  23 Nov 2012 19:44
Freak, wind did not peel plasti dip off your bike. I have plasti dipped parts on motorcycles and cars and not a single one has ever had it blown off at speed. Have you ever stripped plasti dip? Wind absolutely can't do that. Did you clean all the oil off before painting it?
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[?]   Posted:  23 Nov 2012 20:46
http://www.buellxb.com/buell_images/13899_20121123113549_L.jpg

This was from me carrying tools and scratching it.its been like this for a month.In my experience I've found that the older cans with the clear tips are junk.The newer cans made my whole second go around worth it.the new cans have a white tip. Freak.i think your heel may have rubbed and started the peel.i had my first application peel then the second time i  did it  I've have had no issues.hope this helps.good luck with that.
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[?]   Posted:  23 Nov 2012 20:59
^^^Looks like you might need another sticker wanta6th2! 
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[?]   Posted:  25 Nov 2012 22:29
Are those rattle cans available through H-D dealers ? I live in Canada, so It's almost impossible to have those shipped here ...

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