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I was thinking of ordering this kit bike or roller and was wondering what is the best time to paint the bike. Does each part down to the nuts & bolts need to be painted individually, or is it OK to paint when the frame is mostly assembled.
 

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Talk to ducpainter, but I will tell you the parts need to be painted prior to assembly.
 

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kopfjager said:
Talk to ducpainter, but I will tell you the parts need to be painted prior to assembly.
Yeah, that's what I thought. I figure it would be a waste of time if I assemble it & send it out to be painted, so it would be better to send it to a painter directly & then have them assemble it after they finish or do it after they send it back to me.

How do people usually have their bikes painted? Do they send the whole bike out or do they have to take it all apart & send it in piece by piece?
 

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I guess it would depend on the builder. Usually you would need to mock the bike up to make sure everything fits. Then take it apart send out the frame, tank , fenders etc. to get painted.
 

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kopfjager said:
I guess it would depend on the builder. Usually you would need to mock the bike up to make sure everything fits. Then take it apart send out the frame, tank , fenders etc. to get painted.
yup, i would most definitely put the thing together first to make sure everything fits like it's supposed to before sending out to paint
 

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ok
thanks guys
 

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kopfjager said:
I guess it would depend on the builder. Usually you would need to mock the bike up to make sure everything fits. Then take it apart send out the frame, tank , fenders etc. to get painted.
That's how they do it on American Chopper, so that's gotta be right. [laugh]
 

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caboteria said:
That's how they do it on American Chopper, so that's gotta be right. [laugh]
I've seen 'em drilling holes in lots of painted parts... but maybe that's your joke. :-\
 

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Just because it makes sense to make sure everything fits before it's painted doesn't necessarily mean you have to do it that way.
 

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I've built custom bikes. So first off, don't expect everything to just bolt up.......there will be a lot of drilling and welding to make it all work. Second remember after it is all assembled you have to make some adjustments for the thickness of the paint. You don't want to be drilling (or heaven forbid) welding after all the paint, powder coating and chroming is done. Third have patience and take your time and it will be a lot of fun, unless of course all the waiting for custom parts and the thousand trips to the bike shop for one stupid bolt, or the parts guy at the Harley shop asks you for the one hundredth time"what bike is it for", doesn't make you crazy!
 

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I've built custom bikes. So first off, don't expect everything to just bolt up.......there will be a lot of drilling and welding to make it all work. Second remember after it is all assembled you have to make some adjustments for the thickness of the paint. You don't want to be drilling (or heaven forbid) welding after all the paint, powder coating and chroming is done. Third have patience and take your time and it will be a lot of fun, unless of course all the waiting for custom parts and the thousand trips to the bike shop for one stupid bolt, or the parts guy at the Harley shop asks you for the one hundredth time"what bike is it for", doesn't make you crazy!
Thanks for the advice. I was hoping it would be easy & painless. LOL Are you talking about problems putting the frame together or putthing the engine, and other stuff together or both?

How can you tell if a bike kit is good or not?
 
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