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Old 10-19-12, 07:25 AM
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I've read about nice-looking amateur repaints over the years on this forum, so I believe that they exist. But I have yet to actually see a good-looking amateur repaint, although I've seen plenty of crappy-to-abysmal ones. My opinion is that it's almost always a bad idea to have a bike repainted. You're too likely to regret it later (don't ask me how I know this). On the other hand, you'll never regret not painting it, because your options are still open.
Either way, if you do decide to repaint, I think it's worth paying someone who knows what they're doing to do it for you. If you get a local motorcycle guy to do it, it probably won't cost much more that what you'll spend on materials, assuming you're going to buy what you need to do it right.
Of course, if you enjoy working with spray paint in the same way that most of us enjoy wrenching, go ahead and have a good time with it. You might eventually produce good results.

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