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post #1 of 24 Old 07-28-2015, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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To paint or not to paint?

I thought I would share an experience with you fellow members. I have wanted to change the plastic on my quad for some time now so I priced what I would need from Maier. I wanted to go red and white. When all was said and done, I was looking at $503.93 plus $161.25 for a total of $665.18 to replace ALL the plastic in the colors that I wanted. And this was at "close out" prices. Needless to say, I could not justify the expense. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the plastics on it now. Possessing the ability to paint and having all the equipment needed, except a paint booth, I was determined to do it my self and save money. I think you guys already know where this is going. Since I already had the white paint, clear coat, sand paper, and thinner, my material costs were less than starting from scratch. Naturally, the paint that you use is a huge factor in determining cost. Duplicolor makes a ready to spray lacquer base coat, clear coat, and primer for $25 a quart. PPG and Dupont range from $100 to $160 a quart but is mixed 1 to 1, so basically you get 2 quarts after it is thinned. Anyway, I hope I haven't lost anybody yet. My material bill (remember, I had some of it already) came to $80 which included a quart of adhesion promoter which I used in place of a flex agent. Sounds cheap right? But now you have to factor in labor. My quad was in pretty good shape but it still took me approximately 8 hours (2 days, 4 hours per day). Most of the time was for sanding and reassembly. Now obviously you don't pay yourself for doing your own things, but I bid jobs at $45 to $75 per hour. I have already ridden it pretty hard on some rough trails that caused considerable flexing, and the paint job survived. Will it last? Is it worth it? You can decide for yourself.

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I tried to post some pics, but I keep getting an error message.

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No, I am not. I was trying to load them direct.
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Try using photobucket, I had errors several times when trying to post pictures. You had to do it in a certain order (or maybe try using a different browser too).
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I can't even open a damn account in Photobucket. At "create account", it does nothing...no messages...nothing. Tried 3 times already.

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I can't even open a damn account in Photobucket. At "create account", it does nothing...no messages...nothing. Tried 3 times already.
I just went out to the garage and took these for you!






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I notice in top picture frame guard is white, but ended up red on the quad? I bet those baby poop yellow springs would look good, well okay on my Reaper quad.

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Thanks Quick. What you see in the top pic is actually grey primer. I laid my parts out wrong which is why the frame covers got painted red instead of white. I am going out right now and covering up the springs with masking tape and Walmart bags...or maybe I'll just poop on them.
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I am going out right now and covering up the springs with masking tape and Walmart bags...or maybe I'll just poop on them.

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