Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
I got an estimate from a custom bike painter to do all the parts on my Vulcan 750 for $450. That included the tank, both fenders, and both side covers, in Kawasaki Firecracker Red. This painter has a shop set up in a tin building out in the desert, and thereby bypasses a lot of the laws you would have to deal with in town. He is out in the San Tan Valley area (I believe there is a member here who lives out there. He is a professional, The parts are small, and do not have any scratches that go through the paint. I also did not want it clearcoated, because clearcoat scratches too easily, and it does no good to polish it, the paint is underneath. I'm not a believer in either clearcoat or metallic paint. It all looks great new, but doesn't last long. And you can't bring it back with polish. I have yet to get it done. Shortly afterward, I bought the Goldwing, and it has taken ALL my motorcycle time and money.
I have a house set up for working on bikes and cars, I have a 2 car garage, a 2 car driveway, a place to park 2 cars on the street, a large yard completely enclosed by an 8' block wall in the back, and a 6' block wall in the front, a full length back patio (covered) and a shed big enough to hold 6 average sized bikes and then some. I have replaced the carpet with commercial grade 1/8" thick vinyl composition tile in the living room, and have it set up as a place to work on bikes. When it is 115 degrees outside, I can work in comfort inside where it is 70 degrees. Problem is the GW won't fit through the door, I'm having to work on it outside, so it's only early mornings and late evenings.
Pretty much any bike shop (except a dealer) will remove the bodywork for you, then load it in a truck, and take it to an auto body shop like Maaco. You won't get high quality custom work, but you won't pay for it either. When it is finished, the shop will reinstall it. But it won't be cheap. I have had all the plastic off my LTD, it's time consuming but easy, I would do it for $50 for the right person, and that means doing it right, putting all the hardware in ziplock bags and labeling it. How much a body shop would charge you would depend on surface prep, remember body shops are not in the business of working on ABS plastic, and would not know how to fix it. Maaco won't even do fiberglass. I've had friends with Corvettes, and they had to take them to a Corvette specialist (read expensive) for bodywork.
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