I was just waiting to see who notices the name first . Thank you Sir.
Originally Posted by AppU
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Originally Posted by freakdude
I so wish you were in NCR buddy, would have got my Dad's Chetak and my YBX painted right away. Your dedication is commendable. Mind sharing approx. cost for such a complete paint job.
Thanks a lot for the support. Glad to know that you have a Chetak! The bill: The total cost for this paint job is 3000/-
Paint and other consumable come roughly to 1500/- and the rest is my labor charges. Usually painters add compressor cost and fitting charges (about 2K extra), so a professional guy charges about 5K for a complete job. However he does a better job as he has more experience and space to do his job peacefully.
Since I am a newbie, I charge only for paint and manhours. So equipment maintenance, electricity etc are not charged for. In case I open a small garage, may be I too will have to start charging for the same.
Originally Posted by shashikanth
Please don't refix the broken panels if you do some tinkering on the mounting points they don't last longer.
I have seen at least three two four cases in my friend garage..
I am trying to work out a different solution for this problem and will update once its done. Thanks for the suggestion
, do continue to share your opinions and suggestions.
Today was another cloudy day with intermittent drizzles. I waited till afternoon and managed to paint the inner (rough plastics) plastic panels. After a long homework, I spoke to my painting guru and got a matte lacquer that should hold the paint on rough panels for a longer time. The lacquer costs a bit more than usual lacquer, I hope this works.
Also fixed back the front and bottom plastics (painted ones to the chassy) no space to keep them anywhere else. Also fixed the new type rear mudguard, swapped the reflector and number plate from old one to the new, just replaced the rusted screws.
Today removed both the wheels, sanded and painted them along with the front fork, brake levers, body guard, lady's foot rest, silencer, silencer guard. 2 minor setbacks:
1. The silencer has two heat shields, one of them is very small and is held in place by 2 8size bolts, one of them was too rusted (on inner side) and the mounting point gave away. So now it will be on one mount instead of two.
2. The lady's foot rest is too smooth (looks like aluminium) and does not take any new paint on it! The paint I have applied wont last for even 24hrs if someone uses it. So something needs to be done about that as well.
Today I was done with almost everything except wheels, when it again started to drizzle, so no time to mask the tyre completely. Applied old engine oil to the side walls of the tyre and painted the rims. The oil will be washed out tomorrow morning and also the tyres are quite old and cracked in a few places. The owner should consider replacing these anytime soon. They are already rock hard.
Applied a bit of putty to the main plastic panels and left them to dry so that tomorrow morning I can wet sand them and by afternoon, if no rain/drizzle, I plan to paint them Metallic.
I am still thinking whether to paint the silver panel behind the kicker. This one is too good in condition and also I doubt if new paint will stick to it. Making it dull using sandpaper might not work on this surface. Few points to share:
1. Unlike other colours, Black specifically needs daytime to work on. Even the most brightest bulbs cant help you out. You are sure to miss out many areas as the shadow creates trouble.
2. Giving a good finish is difficult in black due to a few reasons and one of them is that you cannot easily judge the thickness of the paint layer. As a single coat itself looks as dark as 3 coats. So you might end up spraying very little in some areas and too much in some other area.
3. Over flow, if any cant be easily hidden as the lacquer will highlight every single detail (read mistake, dust etc).
4. Dust free space is a 100% requirement while doing lacquer, silver is the most painter friendly colour I have come across so far. Time for pics :D
I dont have much pics of the plastic parts painted today as I was doing it alone and this mobile camera really cant capture the good or bad finish of the black colour.
The late evening mess
I am sure that all these panels will have something missing which I will respray again tomorrow morning.