Tag Archives: Eastwood Paints

    • How to paint a motorcycle - Painting your motorcycle with spray paint

      Since Eastwood introduced 2K Aero-Spray (catalyzed 2-component spray paint), we have been bombarded with questions of whether or not a car or motorcycle could be painted with Aero-Spray.  The answer to that question is "yes"!

      To prove it, Eastwood's Kevin S. decided to paint his motorcycle with spray paint by using Eastwood's 2k Aero-Spray Epoxy Primer and 2k Aero-Spray Ceramic Underhood Black.  Kevin's 2004 Yamaha V Star 1100 was in good shape, but had a dent in the gas tank that needed to be fixed, plus Kevin wanted to add some custom touches.

      To start the project, Kevin tore the bike down and then stripped the paint by using Eastwood's 4.5" stipping disc kit.  To address the dent in the tank, Kevin thoroghly cleaned the tank and then used his Eastwood MIG175 and the MIG Stud Weld Kit to pull out the dent.  This worked well to get the dent worked out, then Kevin used Eastwood's Lead-Free Body Solder to smooth out the repair.

      Turning his attention to the rear of the bike, Kevin frenched in a '39 Ford teardrop taillight and added some trick LED bullet turnsignals.  To blend in the frenched taillight, a quick swipe of Contour Premium Body Filler was used.  After a quick wipedown with PRE, the tins were ready for primer.

      Kevin used 2K Aero-Spray Epoxy primer.  He let the primer dry overnight and block sanded it with 320 and 400 grit sandpaper.  After the sanded tins were tacked off, Kevin applied the 2K Aero-Spray Ceramic Underhood Black.  This paint offers a 10-20% gloss level, perfect for the look Kevin was going after. Over the course of a week, working at night, Kevin was able to transform the look of his bike.....and without breaking the bank!

      Specs of Kevin's Bike:

      2004 Yamaha V Star 1100

      1939 Ford LED Taillight Frenched into rear fender

      Single Carb intake with a S&S Super E carb

      Bullet style rear turn signals

      Dyna 3000 ignition module

      Products Used:

      MIG 175 Welder

      Eastwood Premium body filler

      MIG Stud Weld kit to pull dent in tank

      PRE Paint Prep

      2k Aerospray Epoxy Primer

      2k Aerospray Underhood Black

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    • It's starting to look a lot like spring!

      Here on the east coast, this is the time of the year when many of us begin to get a little "skip in our step". For most, this is due to the first glimpses of warm weather and the hope for all things great about spring and summer. For fellow car enthusiasts it is the thought of being able to finally dig your favorite "summer ride" out of storage and begin to enjoy it again.

      Personally, I don't have a million dollar restored classic (though I have grand dreams about owning a restored Porsche 356 in Ponyantha Red someday when I hit the lottery), but I still partake in this routine with some of my "Patina Queen" Volkswagens. My trusty summer car to cruise to the local GTG's and shows is a 1977 Scirocco. This car was rescued from the "ghetto" in Brooklyn,NY of all places. Even though it had relatively low miles when I found it (only 77k!), it had lived a hard life the past 5+ years. But regardless, I still get excited at the thought of being able to cruise around with the windows down in one of my "Summer Cars".  The 0nly thing I dread a little is all of the hand polishing of the chrome and polished bits I have on the 77. I know Autosol will be my best friend one Sunday afternoon very soon!

      Another thing I've found is that with the hint of warmer weather coming up, a lot of stalled projects get a much needed jump-start from this inspirational warm weather. I personally am very guilty of letting the cold, snowy weather get me down. Instead of tinkering with projects I tend to hide inside away from the cold. Now that it is starting to get a bit warm, I find myself exceedingly excited to start getting major progress done on one of my dozens of major projects. I seem to have a vehicle at close to every stage of the restoration process these days. First I have my convertible project that is in the major rust removal and panel replacement stage. If you find that we are out of Rust Converter, Rust Encapsulator and PRE next week you know who is to blame! Not to mention my 76 rabbit that is a shiny bare shell (I'll be firing up the Powder Coating Gun and oven real soon!); to my recent Rabbit Pickup acquisition that has yet to be started (already picked out our Euro Racing Green to repaint it with). I sure know a good chunk of my paychecks this spring are going right back into Eastwood for supplies! (the horrible downfall of working in the industry of something you love!)

      The last of my favorite early spring routines is to go on the hunt for "field/barn finds". Early spring and late fall are the best for this activity. You can even kill two birds with one stone (honey I'm just going to fill the car up with gas before the cruise this weekend, be back soon!") and drive your recently-uncovered summer ride on these exploratory trips. I find that if you go very early in spring you catch many more things you wouldn't notice or see many other times of the year. The foliage hasn't begun to grow back on the trees/plants and you can clearly spot those forgotten gems tucked away in back yards, fields, or woods with ease. The other nice thing is the age old routine of "spring cleaning", people tend to have their barns and garage doors open while cleaning and you might spot that classic tucked away in a barn underneath piles of "junk". I have spotted and pulled a handful of cars out of barns/yards just from this exact method (calling some of them "gems" is a far stretch I'm afraid though).

      So whatever your favorite spring routine is, make sure you get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I know after this long, hard winter we had here on the east coast, I'm not wasting a single sunny day!

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