Prep is the biggest part of a paint job.
I did a lot of prep work and even primered a car years ago, but ended up selling it in primer.
Did a bike gas tank, 2 small side covers, and I think a fender, back when bikes did not have fairings.
Decided I did not want to do that ever again. Painting the parts in an apartment building dark basement did not help, but was better than working in the alley. If you want a good looking job it is a lot of work.
Stick with small paint jobs on my house now.
On topic, took the Monster for a ride yesterday. Since getting it last November have added a Puig windscreen, SW Motech Alu rack and smallish Givi top case, and some nice aluminum 3 color adjustable foldable Chinese levers. Motowheels axle sliders front and rear, and frame sliders. New tires, new hydraulic fluids, oil change and service, fix check engine light.
My radiator had pinhole leaks. Had. A previous owner seems to have fixed them with some kind of epoxy product.
Thought I'd get a new radiator. Was quoted over $2000 for an OEM.
Thought I'd go see my old friend ebay.
Mistaken assumption number one - that an S4R radiator would be the same as an S4RS testastretta radiator. Only $300 with freight though.
Try to fit.
Bottom outlet was positioned differently. Hunted down and caught a right angled hose. Also a straight alloy pipe to replace the stock motor to lower rad outlet pipe.
No holes for fan bolts. Push fins appart by pressing a skinny biro through. Viola! Mounting holes.
Got it nearly all fitted, and discovered the bottom mount didn't reach the bottom radiator bracket.
Fabricated a new bracket.
Dark. Tired. I'll test ride it in the morning.
Checked part numbers for radiators before dinner.
2008 S4RS Tricolore radiator part no. 548.4.070.1A
2006 S4R radiator part no. 548.4. 029.1B
That explains it.
2012 Monster 1100 Evo ABS
2008 Monster S4RS Tricolore