I don't have progress pictures but I will layout what I did.
First off, I will say that this whole paint job is done on a whim. I had the tank off and wasn't happy with the plasti dip. I had all the paint laying around except for the primer so I went for it.
I used aerosol cans mostly except for the candy coat
First thing I did was prep it of course. I took an angle grinder with a c cup wire brush to get the tank down to bare metal. I sanded it with 600 grit wet sand paper and it was ready.
120 Grit sand paper
600 Grit Wetsandpaper
1500 grit westsandpaper
angle grinder with c cup wire brush
2 aerosol Cans of rustoleum sandable primer
2 aerosol cans of rustoleum silver metallic paint
1 quart of duplicolor paintshop candy apple red Candy Automotive paint
2 aerosol cans of rustoleum gloss clear coat
Alot of Blue shop towels
campbell hausfeld 20 gallon 5.5 cfm 200 psi air compressor
water/oil seperator in the air line
campbell hausfeld ph3200 paint gun siphon feed
Griot's garage speed shine
Griot's garage random orbital
Griot's orange polish Pad
Griot's Machine polish #3
5 Plastic shpping bags
Then I prepped the plastic pieces and I obviously couldn't use the grinder on plastic so I just sanded with 120 grit paper down to the primer and then used 600 grit to smooth it all out.
Once that was all taken care of, I set up my makeshift paint booth. Basically I had a metal storage room and placed a fan on each entrance and window and got as much dust vacuumed out and cleaned up as possible. I got a sawhorse and walah! Paint booth.
So first I refrigerated the paint since it was hotter than Hell these last few days, and I shot the primer. I probably could have used a few more coats but I ran out of primer. The stuff is like powder so there isn't much per can.
I let it sit overnight and sanded it down with 1500 grit sandpaper. Then I shot the panels and tank with a heavy silver metallic coat:
This coat is used to get the wrinkle finish:
Following this as a guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5eT0Y85vQ
(It is worth watching this guy work)
I had to do some things differently because my paint dries so fast and I couldn't reduce it obviously. So I shot a little at a time and then grabbed my plastic bag,crumpled it up in a ball, and pressed it against the paint. This is what makes the effect. I held the can about 4 inches from the surface so it got nice and wet (thats what she said) but not runny (nobody got time for that).
It didn't come out looking like marble because the bags were still too thick. It looks more like granite or whatever. Still cool looking nonetheless.
I let that dry which took like 10 minutes. Then I set up the candy paint
Duplicolor paint shop comes pre mixed so there is nothing to do. Even an imbisul like me (yes I spelled imbecile incorrectly on purpose) can do it. I had bought it three years before for another project but didn't use it. it was still good!
I used like a sixth of a quart for all of my panels. the Gun I used only had a fluid mixture knob so not much adjustment. But I managed. It would either spray a very small fine mist or clunky globs so I chose the former instead of the latter. Candy needs to be applied very thin anyways or else it will run.
After the candy coat everything started looking alot better(except for the bondo patch).
Then came the clear coat.....
Warning to ALL! Aerosol clear coat SUCKS MAJOR ASS!!! It doesn't spray even and made the paint job look sub par no matter what I did. But I have no money so I had no choice. The clear went on and that was that. I let it all dry.
Then I pulled out our Griot's garage (Tacoma, WA this garage has some sweet classic ferrari's and porsche's. They are a detailing garage with their own line of orbitals and products) random orbital and the product I was going to use. I wet sanded the panels and tank with water and a drop of dawn (so the water doesn't bead instead it flows over the whole panel) and 1500 grit 3M wet sandpaper. Then I cleaned it with Griot's speed shine and let that dry. Lastly I buffed it all with a polish and the random orbital to make it shine which it DIDN'T BECAUSE AEROSOL CLEAR COAT SUCKS!!!!! But where the clear did cover nicely it got a real nice shine out of it. Other spots.... not so much. But anyway, I let it all dry and put everything back on the bike. I think it looks nice but my plans are to paint the engine black and the cooling fins red. Then when I have some money I will take it to a shop and get a real clear coat put on it. Hallelujah!