Painting a plastic fuel tank will always be problematic.Hey guys,
Has anyone had any experience with repainting the fuel tank on their bikes?
I had a GT tank painted a couple of years ago. I think I paid about $300 for one solid color. I provided the decals. They had no issues whatsoever with the nylon tank or decals. They paint plastic car parts all the time.
I live here in San Jose and recently had my fairing, rear cowl and mirrors painted on my red 1000s. I can't tell you how much a tank would be but I spent about $1800. Dell Auto in Campbell did the work and could only speak highly of their work and quality. They came from several recommendations one of which is a shop near my house that specializes in Ferrari and Lamborghini. DM me later this week as I'm out of town for the holiday weekend.
Omg, that's cheap! So far I got a quote for $350-$400 for just the tank. I'll keep looking, thanks!For what it's worth....I use a guy in the Atlanta area that does paint work for BMW-Ducati of Atlanta. He does excellent work and so far, at a very reasonable price. I haven't had my entire tank sprayed but on a spare Paul Smart tank I have, I had him repaint the bottom part that is black that had a few scratches on it. He only charged me $40. For a fender off of a 916 that I had painted in the silver color for my Paul Smart he only charged $70. Pretty much a perfect match. I think there are painters out there that charge a small fortune but if you look/ask around, especially with motorcycle shops in the area you can find painters that do a great job for a reasonable price.
Ordered the decals just in case.. $70 for the lot!Painting a plastic fuel tank will always be problematic.
I would take a look at this site first: Paint Your Motorcycle Plastic Tank and Make Decals Stick
That sounds about the same as what I got quoted for. I got the decals ordered just in case. Thanks!I had a GT tank painted a couple of years ago. I think I paid about $300 for one solid color. I provided the decals. They had no issues whatsoever with the nylon tank or decals. They paint plastic car parts all the time.
I didn't think it would cost so much being such a small thing, but clearly I'm wrong.I used to paint an entire car for $300. Today the materials alone would be well over $300 for a motorcycle tank. If I was doing it, it would probably run between $600 and $1000 depending on the color and decals, designs etc. And no painting plastic is not a problem, bodyshops do it every day.
Sorry I dont know anybody in your area.
Haha, beer and donuts do wondersIt turned out beautiful. The painter I used is in CT. I bring work to him somewhat regularly, always with the understanding that I'll be a fill in job between his big jobs. I also either bring beer or donuts (depending on the time of day) for the crew whenever I stop by.
That sounds like a fun project to do, but unfortunately I live in a one bedroom apartment with no garage lolWhat I would recommend is doing all the prep work yourself, and I mean ALL. Remove the decals, all the bolt on accessories like the fuel pump etc and prep the damage/bad paint yourself. Then ask the selected shop what fillers/primers they use for plastic and do the fix and the priming. A cheap Craftsman gun can be used for the priming which will probably be epoxy. A quart kit of epoxy is probably 80-100. Then sand it all with good 3m wet/dry paper starting with 220 and up to 600-1000. Another 50 including fillers. Get some good 3m green body tape and tape off the areas you don't want painted. Wipe it down with grease remover, put it in a giant plastic bag and have the shop shoot it with the color that you also bought. Probably an hour or two max for them to rewipe it and paint it. I bet this all up would cost no more than $300. Most of the cost of a paint job - like 90% - is the prep.
Just did the same on my Honda S90 and it came out very nice.