The bike is starting to look a little tatty with fairing scratches from general wear and tear (13 years old!). I have decided to make a bit of a project of it, particularly as the weather is so bad and I now am working so close to home it is not needed for commuting for another 6 months.
In addition to new exhaust, shocks, engine protectors, and handle bars I have decided to give it a lick of paint.
I have managed to find an ebay rear cowl that I will try and refurbish before I paint the tank etc in case it all goes bad. My first mistake has been to use paint stripper- it melts the plastic! So this is going to have to be repaired before I get going.
I was wondering if anyone had experience of DIY painting and if so what types of paint to use. The choice is a little bemusing! Acrylic (water of petroleum based) or enamel and then the choice of clear coat. I am going to use a primer and heard there are primers that are self etching so am going to have a look into these. I want the paint to obviously be petrol resistant as I am prone to the odd splash back at the pump. My thought is of matt black maybe with a few stripes thrown in for good measure. I know it will not be as good as a professional job, but want to give it a try, hopefully learn a little and it will keep me out of mischief!
Any advice with paint/primer/lacquer combos would be greatly appreciated!