Hi there I'm new to the forum and chances are this obvious question or the lengthy essay below or the incorrect placement of this thread is going to get me flamed. Bare with me.
Basically I've been wanting to spray paint my bike for a LONG time. For some reason decals really put me on edge. I bought adhesive vinyl and covered the decals and all for about a year and but now I recently bought all the required products and equitment to do a decent color job on my bike, minus paint stripper. Which leads me to the following question. Do I actually have to get my frame to become bare metal to apply primer or do I just rough up my clearcoat for bonding to occur. The stock paint job is pretty mint condition being hidden under vinyl for a year and all.
I'm perfectly fine with sanding for 4 hours or possibly inhaling toxic fumes from a paint striper. I just really need to know this answer. I've been lurking ALL over the internet for the past 3 weeks for answers and honestly I'm losing my mind and going on tilt. I'm the kind of guy that has to know all the details before committing to a project (I think its borderline disorder) and this one last problem is just plain torture.
So please, ever so kindly relieve me of this burden. Also, if you are feeling generous and would like to list a step by step process of painting a frame, please do. Thank you.
ps. The frame is 2008 Pista, not sure if that helps.