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How to Paint Motorcycle Fairings pt.1 Cleaning the Surface Ride

ok ladies and gents today what we’re going to work on is prepping up all of the plastics for the Ninja 650 to get ready to spray these things with our base coat and clear coat so what you see here is I have all the parts lined up from the least dirty back to the most dirty that way I don’t get grease buildup in my cleaning solution what I’m going to start with here is a citrus based simple green it’s not a very toxic cleaner I’ve got to have my hands in this so I’m also going to be wearing gloves throughout the cleaning process I’m basically just going to scrub with a regular old brush and then I’ve got a rag to get into the little hard-to-reach areas but let’s get this thing started and get them degreased and cleaned up ready to be sanded ok let’s get the gloves on here and I’m gonna start out with this piece this is what actually joins the two upper cowl halves together and the windscreen mounts to it this one was scuffed up a little bit I’ve already pre sanded on it some to smooth the deep gouges over but I’m gonna dip the brush down into the solution and just front and back clean everything up really well any mud dirt grime and the reason you want to clean front and back is so when you go to handle this thing later before you paint you won’t be transferring any grease grime or dust debris under your painted surface so I’m going to continue to do this for a few minutes and transition between the brush and the rag until we get a nice clean piece and I’ll show you when it’s finished all right as you can see here we’ve got the piece all degreased and cleaned up and with your bare hands you can feel the plastic and you can tell that there is no grease or residue left on this part so I’m going to take this and lay it in the Sun and let it dry off and start on the next one now onward to the small parts here these will be quick and easy to clean the biggest thing I want to make sure is I can see where whoever had the bike previously had waxed and there’s white residue down in the lettering of this piece so I got to me absolutely sure I get all of that out of there and also before I paint and sand and all that I’ll be doing a paint prep coat that’ll help loosen all of that wax and residue out now the way I mixed up this degrees are the simple green solution here I did it fairly strong maybe like a three to one solution because I wanted to make absolutely sure I get all the grease as deluded as possible off of these parts now when we get to the chain guard there’s going to be an extra step that we’re going to do before we put it down into our solution to get all of that heavy chain grease off of there and with any time you paint always the most important step is going to be your prep work the better prep you do the better your products gonna look at the end now I am not by any means any kind of professional painter or auto body man actually half the time I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing but I did learn a lot from painting the tank on the ninja doing the patch the prep trial error made mistakes corrected mistakes watched a lot of different videos so basically my purpose in this video is going to be to combine everything that I learned from the various people and put it in one place the CREP work is even more critical on plastic because of its ability to flex more if you have one spot that doesn’t adhere well any bit of flex is gonna pop it off and you’re gonna have a huge chip in your finished product so spend the time in the elbow grease to scrub and clean all of these little parts that you want paint all right I’m gonna go spray all these small pieces that have cleaned and lay them in the Sun to dry as well here is the fender all clean and rinsed and you can hear there is no grease or grime left on this at all now for the next piece is gonna be the lower cowling that I had to purchase from eBay there’s a few dings and dents so this one’s gonna need extra attention for sanding and prep first we got to get rid of all of the grime and residue that’s on this thing from the engine oil changes they also had put a piece of tape on here to label their part numbering system with what your modeling bike so it’s really sticky I’m going to get some of my paint prep and remove the sticky gunk first this stuff here is just regular dupli-color prep spray I’m gonna spray that on there and wipe away the sticky from the date all right all cleaned off that dupli-color prep spray will also tell you what kind of quality their paint was as well if it was a paint that lacked hardeners you’re gonna know really fast because it’ll eat through rattle-can style paints and this was a good paint job that was on this little purplish but they so this one’s gonna be interesting because it doesn’t quite fit down into the bucket like the smaller pieces so I’m about to make mess,ninja 250r fairings, this one also has a lot of wax residue especially on the inside openings and in the corners very important that I get all of that out or I’m gonna have adhesive problems when I do my paint I had someone ask me on the faring video what the difference between thermal form and the abs injection because they said that I seem to stress a lot about the feelings that I ordered where ABS injected and everything was high-quality yes that is very important at least to me it’s a cost savings to some which is depending on your budget could be more important to you to go with the thermal forms but I wanted quality over in price the ABS injected has formed tabs and holes see how this hole was raised up it’s nice and smooth you can look on the other main faring pieces and you’ll see that the tabs are an actual part of the faring they’re not attached after it’s made and that’s what happens with thermal forming with ABS injection.

you have a form two halves of a form that compressed together and inside there’s a hollow cavity on either the top or bottom of the mold or sometimes both there’ll be injection holes and what they’ll do is they’ll heat the plastic into a liquid form and inject it into this mold so that plastic flows around under heat and fills all of the gaps it makes a nice uniform finished product body part and all of the mounting studs they’re actually one part of the faring now with thermal forming the way it works is you still have two forms,ninja 300 fairings, but there are no holds no injection points and they basically take a flat sheet of a certain mil thickness plastic slide it in sandwich the plastic between the two molds and then they apply heat to it and there’s usually a vacuum that will suck the plastic sheet into the shape that they want and now this is a super cheap way to produce things think of it is one of my buddies was joking about he’s like man you’re gonna get these fairings that they’re sending you talking about the the ones that were supposed to have been provided you know my company was gonna give me a set he’s like man they’re gonna be like this little cheap Halloween masks that you put on your kids and stuff and he’s laughing about it that’s those are thermal for him the little cheap flimsy masks and he gave me that analogy and now every time I see a science selling thermal formed fairings I think of cheap Halloween masks but yeah they they basically take a sheet of plastic or put it in between the molds heat it up and suction it down they take it out and then they have to trim and cut and cut all the openings out and cut the outer edges to be the right shape and size and dimensions and then all of the mounting tabs have to be glued on instead of actual a part of the finished product so a lot of times.

they won’t be on straight they won’t be in the right spot you’ll have to drill them it’s a lot more work on your part and if you’re not experienced to know how to heat and Bend and deal with plastic and body parts you may do more damage or ruin your part and then you’re paying again for a replacement and that’s one of the disclaimers when you buy that stuff it’s like 90% fit oh yeah 90% the actual shape fits but all the mounting holes there’s your 10% which is to me the most critical so that’s why I was on a hunt for pure ABS injection molded because these things you can just slam them on the bike boom the holes line up bolt them in and you’re finished so that’s the difference let’s back to cleaning okay no this one that’s not too awful bad as you can see it’s fairly clean not a lot of grease buildup on this one a little bit of dirt on this but overall it’s in really good shape if I could have gotten one on for the other side and this kind of quality and it had been awesome the reason I didn’t buy brand new lower cowlings because they are they were as expensive as what I’ve got the painted ones for the painted ones were like you know 150 hundred 60 bucks from that Asian motor parts site these were just as expensive they were like 140 apiece ,cheap motorcycle fairings,I got them on eBay the the one for like 45 50 bucks I think from Kawasaki the upper fairings were like 370 I looked it up again last night 370 bucks for one half of one cow who the hell’s gonna pay that really so I feel great I literally got it for a third of the price but anyway back to cleaning and now for the last two pieces that are absolutely filthy the rear guard of the front cinder which is caked in dirt and mud and then the rear chain guard which is greasy as hell but I’m gonna spray this one off with water not most of the dirt off scrub or down scrub a dub and I don’t have to paint this piece they’re not painted from the factory but I just think it’s gonna enhance the looks to have as many trim pieces painted up as possible and now for the filthy pain in my butt the chain guard huge amounts of grease buildup on the underside again.

I won’t be painting that but we got to get it off there so to the wd-40 we go well that actually wasn’t as bad as I thought that’s just a quick wipe down with wd-40 and the grease is pretty much gone so now we’ll put it down into solution and scrub it like we did everything else get the rest off of here there’s my first wash through I got most of everything off of it now there’s one more trick we’re gonna do to remove the rest of whatever grease is in the texture of the plastic here so I’m going to empty my solution get a bucket of clean water small portion of clean water and show you another cleaning product that works really well for getting the grease out alright my secret weapon for removing heavy grease and grime off about anything SOS pads these things are awesome cleaning the grill pots and pans wheels on the cars they’re awesome they’re pre soaked in their special cleaning solution ,yamaha r1 fairings,but it will scuff up the surface along with cleaning every thing which is a double bonus for what we want to do on the plastic it’s going to get everything roughed up before we do the initial sand which is going to help the paint adhere to it so I have a bucket of clean water this pad and I’m gonna scrub that chain guard and you just want to put it down in the water and scrub now this is by far the most important aspect of painting not just plastic but anything it’s making sure it’s clean and prepped and these SOS pads you can buy them at the grocery store they’re cheap a box is like two dollars maybe and you get tunnel pads and these things been around forever I remember you know my grandmother used these years and years and years ago to clean pretty much everything remember boy you got something on your face no not that bad it’s like I may have a storm brewing in it some other reasons I’m not out riding today that I really want to experience on the bike and this stuff this SOS is doing such a great job I’m a I’m slightly tempted to hit all my parts with one of these real quick it’s crazy crazy good it’ll also help scuff up everything .

I swear that is one clean Chang guard no grease on that bad boy anymore frickin awesome okay guys well that is the end of the video one on prepping degreasing and washing the parts down what to use how to do it follow me along in the next episode we’ll go over the types of sandpaper what grits to use how much you need to scuff up buff the parts and what additional cleaning after that needs to take place so stay tuned for that it’ll be uploaded very soon I’m actually gonna set up in the building and get everything ready and start filming on that right after this so please hit like and subscribe if you want to learn and continue to learn on how to rebuild a motorcycle and paint you’re on the fairings until next time ride safe