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Okay folks, now that the bike has been revealed, its time to run a little thread to show my progression through this bike, and how it came to its final product at Infineon on 06-30-08.

I purchaesd a track bike (06 CBR600rr) and I did 2 trackdays on it and decided it needed some paint.





So what theme do I go with? Do I get it professionally done? Do I do it myself? I took the hard route of course, and decided to do it myself. I say hard, cause well, I've never painted anything in my life other than Rhino Line a bed once. Plus, I had a month and half to get it done before my next track day, so I figured I would give it a shot, and see what happens. Hell, its a track bike, it doesn't need to be perfect right?

So the fun begins.......
 

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Colors? What colors? Hmm, I decided to go with what I wanted when I first got my 07 CBR, the white paint scheme. If I can't live it out on my 07, I'll just create it on my 06


Since I didn't have a paint booth, I decided to make one myself.



Here is a portion of my garage sectioned off. I didn't picture the fact that I also covered the bikes, so no
moments




And here's my sexy paint outfit

 

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I spent a few hours each night sanding down the old primer with 120 Grit paper, then went back over everything with 600 Grit cause I felt that the old primer wasn't up to par since it had been on the bike for awhile, had seen a lot of filth, and well, I figured I would sand it all off since I thought that was the right thing to do since some parts were flaking off.

Paint used: I decided to go cheap since its a track bike, so I used Dubli-Colors Acrylic Enamel Gloss White and Gloss Black. For Clear Coat, I decided to use Dubli-Color since it was cheap
Little did I know that it sucked, or at least the can that I started with, so I switched to Spray Max 1K Acrylic Clear Coat. And let me tell you, for my standards, it wasn't cheap, $21 a can! But it was exceptional in quality!

First things first though, Primer, which was also Dubli-Color Sandable Primer. I started with the small hugger to just make sure things would go okay and i could get some practice on a small piece. Did I practice on cardboard or anything else before? Nope, just went for it!






I was spraying it on a table and decided that was a mistake, so everything else was shot while hanging


After I put 2 or 3 coats of primer on (can't remember for this piece, every other piece got 3 though) I started shooting it with the paint





And after 3 coats of paint, I put 3 coats of clear on. and here is the finished product of the first piece





Since it was not that great of Clear to begin with, it turned out kinda yellow if you look at it long enough.
 

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I didn't sand anything between coats, since again, its a TRACK BIKE! And since I didn't get any orange peel, I figured it was all good. This paint job has a name, its called the "5/50 Paint Job"......5 feet and 50mph, looks perfect!


On to the next step, the other parts. After the hugger, It came the tail. And since I was planning on putting numbers on the bike, I decided I would paint my number boards on it instead of getting stickers as number boards then putting stickers on stickers, so I decided to go with black for the number boards, cause what goes better with white? Duh....

As you can see, the middle line has a little over spray of black in it. The tape decided it didn't want to stay down, or I just didn't do a good job of pressing it down.



I decided to give the tail number boards a unique look since this paint job wasn't going to be a standard paint job by any means, so as you can see, I ran the black down the side and swoop under the seat



Next, the bottom......
 

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Since the bottom and front was going to be hit with more debris than everywhere else, I decided to go ahead and put 4 coats of clear on them. And the price at $21/can starts to add up.....

Here is the bottom




You will see little blemishes in the fairings, and thats cause I didn't want to go back over it with bondo or anything like that to make it perfect, cause you guessed it............

Next came the Tank, and it was self explanatory, and by this time, I was getting the hang of things and this I believe is the only piece I shot that didn't have a run in it




The last piece to get shot, was the biggest of them all, the front/side one piece. This was the most difficult because of the front air dams. It was very hard to get paint in the little holes without spraying too much around them and getting runs. I did get a run on the left one, but its on the inside of the air dam, and you can't see it from 5 feet away, so it passed my test


But first, Primer


I also had to do a number plate on this one as well, so I did my research to try and find the shape I was looking for, and I didn't find it. So I went out to the garage, and just put an oval on it
I think it turned out ugly! But low and behold, the finished product amazed me
 

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Now that all the pieces are done, here they are. Sorry for the crappy picture



I let them dry over a couple days, then buffed them pretty good, and waxed them all up. Assembly started.....

And here is the freshly painted plastics on the bike






 

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Now you can't have a bear bike, and since I knew the theme I wanted to run with this bike at this point, I ordered up some Honda stickers from www.xtreemedecals.com and they were put on. (If you want stickers for a good price, that are factory replicas, check them out. And they ship pretty fast)





I think this is the coolest of them all






 

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Now that I have the Honda stickers where I wanted them, it was time to get down to business.

I called my buddy who does decals and signs for a living, and he owns Ace Custom Graphics (www.acecustomgraphics.com) and told him what I was doing, and that I wanted some graphics put on it. He says no problem, and the planning begins. It only take a couple hours to pick out everything that I wanted on it and my buddy Mike did an exceptional job at helping me out. He even came over and put the decals on!
And for a decent price, I got me some cool stuff! PM me if your interested in graphics for your bike and I'll let you know what I paid, which he will pass on to you as well


So the theme. What am I gonna do? A little back story....

I was in a major crash back in September. Some of you remember, some of you don't know me and don't know about it. But for the people that were there for me, and helped me through my life changing event that almost cost me my life, I decide a simple "thank you" wasn't enough. So I decided that putting together a bike that says Thank You will be a cool thing to do. So here they are are.

You will see the number 923. What is 923 you ask? I went down on a group ride with my close friends around Lake Berryessa in California on September 23, 2007, so in honor of that (call it a bad omen if you want, but I think its a good omen) I decided to have the number 923 to represent that date.







Now for the Thank You's. If your name is on here, Thank You!
(The user names are from BARF [Bay Area Riders Forum]). I also have "In Loving Memory of Kari Woodward." Kari was a very close family friend of mine who passed away the Friday before Christmas last year, and she is very dear to my heart, and I wanted her to be on here as well and a Thank You for everything she has done for me.



This decal has a big meaning to me as well. After my crash, my two brothers (Phillip and Cameron, Phillip is older, Cameron is younger) decided we wanted to get a tattoo together that is the same thing, to represent the closeness that we share, and here is the tattoo

Sorry for the soft porn, I am in the middle:


Since we decided to get this tattoo after my crash, I decided to put this on the bike, and Mike hooked it up, and it look amazing:


As you can see in the picture, the Blue in the middle is not a 23, but a calligraphy B, for Brittain, which is my last name. Under the B, you can see the intials P R C in lower case. That is the first initials in our names. I like it......

Anyway, on to some more.....
 

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Since I was running Pirelli's, I wanted to let the world know
So Mike made me some PIRELLI stickers. You wil also see that sticker on both sides of the windscreen that says Brittain. Every true racer has to have their own name on the bike, so I decided to pretend to be one




And that is all the pictures I have of that. But here are couple of me on the track with the new paint at Infineon on 06-30-08









And that is all folks, hope you enjoyed the new look, and again, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all the folks that are close to me and helped me through my tough times, you know I will return the favor


There are folks that I have met after I crashed that have been good supporters of me and have become good friends, and I want to send a Thank You to you as well
 

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damn mang...thats very inspiring and personal.
that shows as a testiment...theres more to bikes than showing off the
biggest, baddest, flashiest, most expensive, most popular, hardest to get
mods or upgrades, to include paint jobs!

you get my vote as having the best, most meaningful bike for 2008 imo!!
great job, write up and story!!!:01_thumbu
 

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nice job touching story bike looks great man
 

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Thanks for the great compliments. I had never painted a bike before, let alone a car, or anything else, so when I set out to do this I didn't have huge expectations. But when the final product was done, I eve blew myself away :biggrin:
 

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Dude, this is completely awesome. You have a great write up and an awesome looking bike. I was not digging the front number plate at first but then with the numbers it looks great.
 
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