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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2010, 12:42 pm Thread Starter
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Lugage Bag paint

Is it possible to paint the Luggage Bags or any way to clean them. Looks like something stained it and not sure if cleaning would work.

Thinking of painting Black, any type of special paint needed or just good can of spray paint?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2010, 5:15 pm
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A picture would be nice, but let me suggest:

Maybe they are sun bleached.
Try treating the pannier boxes and all the flat black on your bike with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Another tricky way to bring the black color back to sun-bleached plastic (like a bumper cover) is to run a good hair dryer or heat gun over & close to the surface. You can see this done on YouTube.
I would paint them as a last resort.

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I have tried these methods , not satisfied. My ride/boozing partner rubbed his back and obtained the correct paint. Finish looks like they just come out of the factory. If you want a run down on the technique let me know and I shall quiz him. Preparation is everything. I think he would have downed a case of beer just rubbing them back.
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These bags are ABS plastic which is pretty inert to most paint coatings (won't stick).

You have to treat them like plastic car bumpers, but even then you would probably need to get the bags done at a paint shop where they would have the right etching primer for ABS plastic.

As others say, the black bags are pigmented plastic and unless I was deliberately looking for another color match, I would see how far I could go first without painting.

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Painting Bags

I had mine done and works out fine. You need to find a auto paint shop the deals with painting plastic parts, in the UK there are several that specialise in motorcycle bodywork which these days is nearly all plastic.

The end result is probably not quite as durable to scratching as original finish but i had mine done 3 yrs ago and they still look pretty good

If you are in the UK i can give you the contact details of the folks who did mine



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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2010, 7:51 am
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i refinished the side cases on my RT using SEM textured spray finish #39853
it is used in the auto body shops to refinish bumpers and dashboards
i have since sold the bike so i do not have photos.
it readily adhered to the surface without primer , i think you could prime if you want , but the paint shop said i did not have to . they can be left black or then painted to match the bike
i left mine black the texture is achieved by how heavy you apply and at what distance the nozzle is from the work surface . i did some practice spraying on some old plastic coffee containers before spraying the bags.
looked very much like the factory texture finish
about $20 a can at most automotive paint supply shops
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2010, 2:47 pm Thread Starter
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THANKS for the replies, Just got back from vacation (Caribbean). I think they are in very good shape so it isn't high priority for me right now. Mostly riding...

One does have some slight fade to it like something spilled on it or something. I might try rubbing the heck out of them first since it is black plastic.

Thanks again.
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You sure that fade isn't due to some sort of wax?

Try using some WD-40 on a rag and wiping that into the surface and see what happens. Works wonders on BMW black stuff and even gets rid of fuel spills and leak stains.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2010, 7:27 pm
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Thumbs up BMW Original Panniers

I purchased a pair of panniers off ebay last year the lid on the right one had a scuffed/scrapped corner, but I got them cheap and I wanted to paint the lids the same colour as the bike anyway. Started this work Sep 09.
1. I first drilled out the pop rivetts so as to work on the lids alone.
2. Sanded down the damaged area and filled with filler re-sanded prepaired for paint.
3. Ordered cans of spray paint 400ml cans from ebay paint shop plastic primer (clear coat), gray primer/undercoat, BMW top coat paint Frost Blau II-Met code No.464 and Marakeschrot II (Red) code No.392. Transparent/Clear top coat. If your not sure of your bike colour ask your BMW dealer they are normally happy enough to tell you which colour and code you need for your bike.
4. I then used\masking tape (low tack tape) to mask the seperate colours from each other.

After a brief practice on some cardboard boxes to find the best distance to spray from the paint went on with only a couple of runs which were later sanded down and sprayed again.
It takes time so don't rush. I then placed/stuck black 2mm pin strip between the 2 colours before starting the clear coat again light coats are called for and some practice is needed to get a nice smooth finish. The black tape became unstuck in some places so I am thinking of getting a pin strip brush to complete this task by hand.

I need to do a repair job on the corner that need repairing before as the panniers rubbed against the garage wall while moving the bike this winter. Just waiting for some warm weather to get started again.
Just give it a go if you mess it up you can always take it to the spray shop pro to sort it out!

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Painting Panniers Part 2 - The Pictures

Part 2 The pictures of the painted panniers on the bike. The top box is next! Oh! and a spare left and right fairing (also an ebay damaged cut price deal)!!!
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