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Painting the Convert
« on: November 23, 2021, 06:33:21 AM »
Anyone have a custom or unique paint on their Convert or Tonti framed bike/?

I'm going to be tearing down the Convert and sending tank, covers, rear fender and DB Bags out for paint soon. The bike looks good in black, but I have 3 black bikes (Convert, Griso, 1200 Sport). I'd prefer a red Griso or 12S, but they are more complex to disassemble and paint, and the Converts paint is the poorest in quality. Is a 10fer, and looks great from 10' away, but up close is pretty rough for my standards.

I painted my black XS1100 Pearl white in 1990, and it still looks great. Am thinking about Pearl White with Guzzi Style Pinstripes in black, or Irish Green with Gold, but a metallic red, maybe candy apple may look good as well.

I think I posted about this before, but am google search challenged, so am posting again.





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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2021, 08:23:35 AM »
Anyone have a custom or unique paint on their Convert or Tonti framed bike/?

I'm going to be tearing down the Convert and sending tank, covers, rear fender and DB Bags out for paint soon. The bike looks good in black, but I have 3 black bikes (Convert, Griso, 1200 Sport). I'd prefer a red Griso or 12S, but they are more complex to disassemble and paint, and the Converts paint is the poorest in quality. Is a 10fer, and looks great from 10' away, but up close is pretty rough for my standards.

I painted my black XS1100 Pearl white in 1990, and it still looks great. Am thinking about Pearl White with Guzzi Style Pinstripes in black, or Irish Green with Gold, but a metallic red, maybe candy apple may look good as well.

I think I posted about this before, but am google search challenged, so am posting again.



My initial thought was Pearl White with double 1"? wide red and green stripes.  But after looking at the bike, I vote for Pearl White with a red pin stripe in the same locations as the stock gold pin stripes.  Black pin stripes would also look good.

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2021, 08:25:01 AM »
If any help, my T-3.



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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 08:29:13 AM »
Bey Bulldog,
I did not weigh in on the first thread about the choice of paint however, my favorite would be the Dark Green with Gold.
Classy.

The Red would be stunning also, not much hel huh...? 

How is it that you have a painted rear and stainless front fender..?  Are staying with that set up...?

Either way, a beautiful motorcycle.

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 08:29:13 AM »

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 09:20:20 AM »
Here is the late KS rep, David Kasitz Convert.



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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2021, 09:49:45 AM »
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2021, 10:25:24 AM »
What colors make your heart sing? What color combos made you :drool: ?

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2021, 02:58:31 PM »





difficult to photograph as it changes color from different angles and light , looks great in the flesh though.  Ray
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2021, 04:50:53 PM »
I'm tinkering with paint alternatives all the time.  I've been powder coating with good results.  This season I'm playing with vinyl wrap.  You might want to think on it.  My first experiment is my Miata.  Going from green to green.  It's a different kettle of fish than painting, although the prep is the same.  I think on something simple like a Convert it should be easily accomplished at the DIY level for maybe $300 in materials, tops.  So far I've gotten the hood and front fenders done with a minimum of fuss.  The front bumper cover is on the agenda for today.  After watching some videos, the average Joe should be able to do a bike in a day (after proper prep.)

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2021, 04:57:39 PM »
I picked up a basket that had tins and saddle all done up in flames, etc. I figured it deserved to be built. I sold it on Ebay. Youtube vid here:

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2021, 05:02:01 PM »
I love pearl white, and theres many different shades of pearl.  Loved the paint on my 09 Calvin.  Pin stripe color is key.
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2021, 12:31:01 AM »
Pearl white with some black stripes will look classy. Have you considered cinnamon brown?
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2021, 07:18:23 AM »
I picked up a spare tank and covers for my G5 since I dented my freshly painted black tank.  Sara doesnt like white or red.  Of the factory colors the green and the cinnamon are very nice. My mind keeps going back to a light blue for some reason. No matter the color the factory stripes complement the tank shape very well.
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2021, 08:11:19 AM »
If I ever paint a bike I have always wanted an army flat green with a white star on the tank.
If I chose any other color it would be British Racing Green.

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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2021, 11:38:07 AM »




I painted my Cal II automatic in Chrysler inferno red, and corvette silver, where it was originally chrome. I love that red, as it comes with a pearl in it, and really pops in the sunlight!
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2021, 05:59:06 PM »


What an absurd question.

Your Covert was designed for police and convoy escort duty, you have no choice:





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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2021, 08:57:26 AM »
Did a T3 California in white a few years ago. Stein Dinse has the stripes in black.



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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2021, 10:37:27 AM »
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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2021, 11:08:56 AM »
finally found my pix. Like I said, bought as part of a 3 convert basket deal. Figured it deserved to be built. Not my style, was able to flip on ebay. Hope the guy liked it.





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Re: Painting the Convert
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2021, 12:13:21 PM »
I always thought this one was pretty original and cool.

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