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Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« on: May 05, 2015, 09:29:14 PM »
Like others, I just could not wait for Kawasaki nor Givi to produce the base plate for the 2015 Versys.  So I made my own adapter plates and mounted a new GIVI E-55 top case with Admore lighting.  The E-55 came black and silver.  So I ordered the candy burnt orange paint kit ($130) from Color-Rite.  Six hours later, I had a matching color top case.   
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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 10:16:33 PM »
That tied the top case in perfectly. Nice job. I also like that accent along the back of the case you threw in.

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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2015, 10:18:04 PM »
Yessss Nice job. Orange is really THE color of the V1!!
The main point is invisible for the eyes

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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2015, 11:40:35 PM »
 :37:  nice job!

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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2015, 02:27:11 AM »
Great work! That's really outstanding.
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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2015, 05:12:16 AM »
Nice!  I have that same top case.  How hard to get the pieces off?

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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2015, 01:40:06 PM »
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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2015, 04:23:43 AM »
That looks great!  Well done!
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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 07:38:09 PM »
*Originally Posted by allants [+]
Like others, I just could not wait for Kawasaki nor Givi to produce the base plate for the 2015 Versys.  So I made my own adapter plates and mounted a new GIVI E-55 top case with Admore lighting.  The E-55 came black and silver.  So I ordered the candy burnt orange paint kit ($130) from Color-Rite.  Six hours later, I had a matching color top case.
Tom, could you elaborate on the process?
Yours turned out fantastic and I'd like to do the same, so I'm trying to guage if it's something within my ability or something I'd need to farm out to someone.


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Re: Paint E-55 top case burnt orange.
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 09:38:31 PM »
Caleab,  First, patience is highly required as you will be spending a great amount of time watching paint dry.  Second, I'll assume you've used spray paint before and know how to apply without getting runs.  The instructions that came with the kit were easy to follow.   In the kit was everything you need, sandpaper, tape, towelettes, tack cloth, rubbing compound and paint.  Make sure you purchase 4 spray cans of paint.  PRIMER -  BASE  -  COLOR - CLEAR.  Although I did not sand my parts down to bare metal or plastic, I still choose to apply a primer coat.  Again, the instructions are clear how to prep your parts for painting.  The instructions tell you the drying time between coats.  After the PRIMER has dried, you apply a BASE coat of color, I apply a few light coats till I was happy the parts were evenly coated.  Then came the COLOR (Kawasaki Candy Burnt Orange).  I applied the first coat and let it dry.  I applied a second coat and let it dry.  When I applied the third coat, that seemed to match the factory paint and I said that's enough COLOR.   More drying and it was time for the CLEAR coat.  I applied two.  After 8 days of drying (as instructed), I used the supplied rubbing compound / polish that came in the kit which took out the light roughness of the spray paint.  Now the paint was smooth to the touch.  I then used a good car wax, job completed. 
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