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2006 Makeover Project

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Some of you may have seen this on Facebook already but I had a few minutes and thought I would share it here.  I acquired this very nice 2006 / ABS model a few years ago and decided pretty quickly that I did not like the graphics or the overall look that much. 

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I began thinking about what I wanted to do.  I changed out the rear wheel with a nice 8 spoke that I found on Ebay early on.  This helped but still not what I wanted.  Then I looked at a lot of paint schemes to see how I wanted to go.  I wanted this to be a little understated but "sporty".  I am lucky that I have a friend who is a painter who agreed to help me out.  I did all of the prep work.  I scuffed the existing plastics and the tank with 1000 grit paper to give the new paint something to grip.

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It's really pretty scary to see what you've done to a pristine finish the first time you try this.  Trust that when the clear goes back on it really is like magic.

 

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Next I laid out the design and let my friend shoot it. 

 

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I used two additional colors.  This one is a Lexus/Toyota color called "Storm Gray".  The second color is from Jaguar and matches the wings on the tank.  I finished by adding a pinstripe that we put under the clear.   Once the paint and clear was on, I did the final buffing and leveling. 

 

Here is the final result...

 

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I like it. Nicely done.

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Very sweet! I like the black/gray split with the red pin stripe and how it extends across the tank. :fing02:

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Getting that line to follow across from the side to the tank was challenging.  I ended up using a laser to strike a line for the tape.   

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OH HELL YES!

LOVE IT

GREAT JOB

Getting kind of tired of my all red.

Thanks for the inspiration

 

 

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That's fabulous. Love it too.

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Excellent paint work, a very nice smart looking color scheme, looking brand new. Enjoy that beautiful 6gen.

Cheers:beer:

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Now I can appreciate all the prep work.

I'm not feeling the paint scheme. It actually takes away from the VFR design which is a beautiful machine.

My take.

Ride safe.

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