1. How much is a paint job?
This is our most asked question, its also the hardest to answer. There are many variables in preparation for a paint
job. Not all parts require the same prep work. Then there is the color, the prices on colors can vary quite a bit. And
last, the artwork....the more detail and the smaller the detail, the higher the price goes. We will be happy to give you
an average price for what you are requesting, in order to get a firm price, we must see what we are painting.
2. How do I convey my idea to your artist?
When trying to tell an artist what you want, have as many pictures or sketches as possible. Sometimes its even good
to let the artist know what you don't like as well as what you do like. Referencing jobs from our website that we have
done helps as well.
3. How long does it take for a paint job?
Our usual turn-around time is 2 to 3 weeks. We do get real busy in the spring, and times can reach up to 10 to 12
weeks. We do take appointments...you can set up an appointment, and keep riding until we are ready for your
bike....down time is reduced to 10 to 14 days (maybe a little longer for a full dresser). All an appointment requires is a
small deposit to reserve your spot.
4. Do you ship parts?
Yes we do, we have paint jobs in over 16 states and 3 countries. If you want to ship us your parts, please contact us
first for shipping requirements, we can make this very easy for you. We will pack the parts for return to you better
than you would pack your grandmother's priceless china.
5. What brand of paint do you use?
We use PPG and House of Kolor. We only use the best available materials designed for custom paint, insuring a
deep and durable finish. That's why our painter Jim has 10 year old paint jobs still winning trophies at the local
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6. How much clear coat will be on my parts?
We will put 4 coats of clear on a single color. All parts with artwork will be cleared with 4 coats, then all the paint
lines will be sanded smooth and another 4 coats applied before polishing.
7. Do you stand behind your work?
We will guarantee our work to be free from defects in material and workmanship for 24 months. This includes
pealing, cracking, and blistering. (all of which have never happened on one of our jobs) We cannot warranty rock
chips, neglect, abuse, or chemical damage. (please see pics below)
8. How much money do you require up front?
If you are sending your tins, we require a 50% deposit before work will begin, the balance will be due upon
completion. If you are leaving your bike, and we are removing and replacing the tins, then we don't require a down
payment. A deposit will be required on any color that cost more than $200 per pint.
click the links below to see some questions you should ask yourself
before choosing a custom painter, and why we feel you should choose us.
We are always asked why we strip all old paint before we apply our paint. The answer is simple.....we don't know what is under your paint, and if
it was applied correctly. If we use the old paint as a base, our paint will only be as good as the base. If the base starts to peel, it takes
everything above it as well. Below are some pics of a BRAND NEW Harley-Davidson front fender. If you notice, the clearcoat is easily seperated
from the base with a razor blade. This paint does not have good adhesion, if we were to use it as a base, something as simple as a rock chip
could start the peeling process. The last one to paint it would be the one blamed. We strip ALL old paint and bodyfiller and rework everything,
that way we can give a warrenty and be sure you will never need it.
The above fender obviously has adhesion problems. This fender is off a brand new motorcycle with less than 100 miles. The peeling was
started with my razor blade to illustrate a point. The factory does not turn out PERFECT work, they make mistakes too. We have no way to
determine exactly which paint job will fail, and which paint job is a good base. Therefore, we remove ALL old paint. Our base is layed down
properly, and each and every coat above it. This is the first corner cut when looking for the cheapest price, this is another reason we are not
the cheapest..... we don't cut corners.
We used a Harley-Davidson fender to illustrate our point. We don't want to pick on Harley-Davidson, so to be fair we should tell you, we see
this same problem with all motorcycle manufacturers. Of course not every bike is like this, but it is more common than most would think. This
fender probably would have been fine for many years on the bike. Its when one of these gets repainted when the real problems start. The
solvents from the new paint can finish loosening the old finish making it peel much easier.....taking the new paint with it.