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May 11th 2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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  Nov 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2016 Kawasaki ZX636R
Looking for a painter

I am looking for a painter to paint my amour bodies track fairings. I live in Gig Harbor and work in Tacoma. I would rather find someone that knows what they are doing before I attempt to paint myself.

I am looking to do black and green to match my KRT ninja.



Here is a pic from my first track day at the ridge last Monday.




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May 12th 2019, 07:19 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Well, at least you didn't ad the usual "For a reasonable amount". One of the reasons I quit side work doing painting/body work, well, 'everything' actually, is it seemed everyone thought I should work for free and be glad they 'honored' me with letting me do work on their 'precious' equipment. But I digress...
I could recommend a couple places further North but not down Tacoma way. I know a guy in Chehalis but that doesn't really help either. Most body shops that have a paint booth can do that kind of work though.
There is a PPG painting school in Kent and I would guess if you gave them a call they could recommend someone.
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May 12th 2019, 07:31 AM   #3
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  Nov 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2016 Kawasaki ZX636R
Thanks for the info. I know what you mean about low ballers. Paying for experience and not having to buy equipment should be worth something...Lol.

I am hoping to do a 1 or 2 colors. Minimum to zero taping. I heard that $300-$500 is what I should expect for a normal job.

I will send you a PM to get your contacts. I might be willing to drive if you know someone the does good work.


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May 12th 2019, 07:49 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Dunns in Federal Way does some good work. Here is the PPG training site info but I don’t see ‘my guys’ name listed any more. It has been years since I swung in and saw him. While they are in Kent they teach everything from custom to fleet painting and have contacts all over the area. I would hit them up first if I was looking for someone.

https://us.ppgrefinish.com/Training/...lopment-Center
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May 12th 2019, 09:10 AM   #5
 
  Aug 2016
  Snohomish county WA

  2009 harley fat bob , 2012 FZ1 ,1979 gs425 project
Ya I think Russ is retired. Custom classic paint works...I had him paint a couple bikes in the past when his shop was in Lynnwood. Real cool guy and did real good work. Too bad he isn't in business anymore. That would be my recommendation.
May 12th 2019, 12:02 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Well, crap. Another one marked off the list... Everyone I know 'in the bizz' seems to be either dying or retiring. Guess that happens more and more the older ya get.
Another reason I got out of it as my full time job. Living, breathing, handling chemicals and dust. Seems like a LOT of people in the industry smoke too. Like the commercial used to say, "That can't be good!".
May 12th 2019, 02:17 PM   #7
 
  Aug 2016
  Snohomish county WA

  2009 harley fat bob , 2012 FZ1 ,1979 gs425 project
I just need to learn to do my own painting. I have the equipment just not the time to put into it yet. I want to paint my 79 gs425 tank and will use that as a learning paint job and see what I can do.
May 14th 2019, 11:18 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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I just need to learn to do my own painting. I have the equipment just not the time to put into it yet. I want to paint my 79 gs425 tank and will use that as a learning paint job and see what I can do.
Lot's of YouTube vids on painting techniques.
You CAN get a decent paint job out of an inexpensive gun, but the nice ones are, well, really nice. I have been to three of the PPG paint classes. Fun stuff, and the paint gun cabinet is stuffed with some very nice ($$$$$$) equipment. Kind of a bummer as then you see how nice they really are, not to mention using the newest paint materials that PPG has to offer.
Just for kicks one day they did a paint demo to show how quick it can go. Base paint, flames and clear, hard to the touch, from start to finish in 45 minutes on a car fender. Awesome.
May 14th 2019, 03:12 PM   #9
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  Apr 2017
  Renton, Wa

  GSXR 1000
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Originally Posted by fanatic291
Thanks for the info. I know what you mean about low ballers. Paying for experience and not having to buy equipment should be worth something...Lol.

I am hoping to do a 1 or 2 colors. Minimum to zero taping. I heard that $300-$500 is what I should expect for a normal job.

I will send you a PM to get your contacts. I might be willing to drive if you know someone the does good work.


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Talk to Faron, I see he works on your bike, he has a few painters.

PS...the Frame Sliders with the hook to tie your bike down are $$$ HUH?
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May 14th 2019, 03:14 PM   #10
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  Nov 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2016 Kawasaki ZX636R
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Talk to Faron, I see he works on your bike, he has a few painters.



PS...the Frame Sliders with the hook to tie your bike down are $$$ HUH?


I love those tie downs. Best idea ever.

Faron told me his painter disappeared, so we are all trying to find someone...


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May 15th 2019, 03:41 PM   #11
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  Apr 2017
  Renton, Wa

  GSXR 1000
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I love those tie downs. Best idea ever.

Faron told me his painter disappeared, so we are all trying to find someone...


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I love mine as well

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