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Offline A10 JWO

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Cost of spraying a tank.
« on: 20.10. 2017 16:29 »
Just has a quote to spray my 4 gallon tank which is currently in bare metal. one colour, no stripes- £400 seems excessive ? or am I behind the times.

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #1 on: 20.10. 2017 17:02 »
I'm pretty sure I paid about that sum to have the tank and all the tinware sprayed with two-pack, matted off and polished. I then paid about £30 to have a signwriter do the lining.

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #2 on: 20.10. 2017 17:19 »
Sounds like I am behind the times  *sad2*

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #3 on: 20.10. 2017 18:15 »
In my case about £2, perhaps a bit more if I invest in a new paintbrush.
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #4 on: 20.10. 2017 19:09 »
can't recall exactly what I paid for my bike to be sprayed oil tank, toolbox and fuel tank (included stick on lining which is still fine), I'm thinking twas much less then £200 but that would be ten years since, but inflation over those years has been zilch (historically) .
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #5 on: 20.10. 2017 19:24 »
Sounds like the going rate depending on the condition.

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #6 on: 20.10. 2017 20:08 »
Hi All,
Sounds expensive for plain painted tank? or am I reading this question correctly?
Assuming
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one colour, no stripes
is an allover no panels job *????*

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #7 on: 21.10. 2017 01:39 »
 Over here,

 Tank (with panels) and all tins about $1000.00

 No lining.

That's basecoat, clear coat, and epoxy primer.  The finish is polished out to 2500 grit, then buffed.

 Anything weird and the price goes up exponentially.
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #8 on: 21.10. 2017 01:44 »
 It sounds a little pricy for a one color all over. But there is a PITA charge because he will spend more time cleaning the gun than he will spraying paint.

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #9 on: 21.10. 2017 07:09 »
I think this shows that our precious bikes are fast becoming showpieces to be cosseted. I am certainly in a small minority regarding them as everyday transport. I was quite serious about my £2 to paint a petrol tank. You can get a good thick coat of paint and a reasonable finish with a bit of patience and a brush. If you are going to stick a tankbag on and head out in all weathers this really is the answer. And it brings up the fundamental question. What are these bikes really for?
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #10 on: 21.10. 2017 08:12 »
I think this shows that our precious bikes are fast becoming showpieces to be cosseted. I am certainly in a small minority regarding them as everyday transport...
...it brings up the fundamental question. What are these bikes really for?
I must say, your bike looks very good; very practical for everyday use.

I could not use my bike for everyday use and don't need to. Even if I had a dual seat my dearly beloved Janet would not get on the back any more. In the car I still average 10k miles a year, usually with Janet beside me.
I use my machine to go on classic bike runs with the VMCC and camping weekends with the BSAOC. I really want to preserve the machine in the good condition that I restored her to a few years ago and for as long as I can still ride it. I will not be riding on salted roads this winter. So, cossetted? Guilty as charged.

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #11 on: 21.10. 2017 09:59 »
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #12 on: 21.10. 2017 19:34 »
just done a 5gall fibreglass tank in red spray can of basecoat and laquer and etching primer looks mint £30 and great satisfaction a mate had a triumph t120 tank front and rear mudguards in silver and maroon gold lines £46 change out of a grand

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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #13 on: 22.10. 2017 13:33 »
Agree totally with Black Sheep.
A good quality paint brush ( $ 10 down here ) and a can of good quality brushing enamel some times called "coach enamel" about $ 50.
Or a touch up gun $ 100 and a small can of spray enamel.
Because bike tanks are both small and complex curved a touch up gun that holds 2 oz of paint is more than enough to do a tank.
Shit easy job to get a brilliant finish.
The touch up gun is the perfect tool for painting motorcycles reducing the amount of over spray otherwise as noted earlier you will use more paint cleaning the gun than you put on the bike otherwise.
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Re: Cost of spraying a tank.
« Reply #14 on: 22.10. 2017 15:06 »
If you own a compressor, you can buy a good quality spray gun or two, painting supplies, various sandpapers, etc. and probably have money left over. Cost of paint has gone up considerably over the years, but most of the really high prices are for paints and colors that didn't exist when these bikes were built. Acrylic enamel or lacquer starts (in the USA) at around $100/gallon and goes up depending on tint, metalflake, etc. Lacquer is extremely easy to learn to spray and mistakes are very easy to correct. With patience and a bit of practice, you can get the same results with a spray can. A can loaded with automotive enamel, reducer, hardener and ready to spray costs about $25 here in Boise.