Blacked Out Frame? paint vs plastidip, etc

Hey guys! :) I've done a quick search but haven't really found exactly what i was looking for. i have a 07 kx450f and i want to black the frame out!

So my question is, without painting or powder coating the frame, what could be some options to black out the frame and swing arm?

i'm from a small place where we don't have many specialists, especially painters who could do it properly, so i want to look at some more options.

could you strip the bike down, clean it up and use bedliner? i've seen friends do it on the tunnel's of their sleds. how permanent would this be and how often would i have to redo it? what rocker gaurd i've heard people use before as well. black plastidip? i know it's only rubber paint but with enough coats realistically would it be worth it? almost anything looks good plasti dipped.

what would be some other options? and how would you properly do it if i wanted to use bedliner or rocker gaurd would you have to sand the frame?

so many questions but i want a semi cost effective way to black out my bike :)

thanks!

Plasti-dip will come off in the first 10 minutes of your boot rubbing the frame. Every other applicable paint/coating will be permanent. I vote leave it alone and go practice a riding skill you need improvement on. Black frames dont make you faster, riding does... :ride:

Edited by meinmoto

powdercoat or anodize it, paint will rub off and plastidip will do about the same just do it alot uglier.

Plastidipping would be the easiest thing to do... But it will rub off where your boots contact the frame. If you could cover those areas after the fact it might be doable.

I say leave it. If its cleaned up nice it won't look bad. If your dead set on changing the look, then strip it all down, clean it, and paint it yourself.

Get some good paint, and a gun and just practice on some other stuff and do it. Frames come painted from the factory not powder coated. Powder coating chips as well, its slightly tougher than a good paint.

No matter what you do it will look like crap after a bit. Paint, Powder coating, Plasti Dip it will all chip and flake eventually.

Bedliner sounds cool..

Nothing looks worst then a painted frame with spots rubbed off and rusted. Better not to do it unless you just want to show off your bike and not your riding skills. If you still insist then i would either powder coat of bed liner. Many people use grip tape on the sides to prevent rubbing. Most say it tears up their boots though. If i were you i would go with the less abrasive kind that is used around pools, bathtubs, or steps where bare feet are. Did that for my motorcycle and its working extremely well.

Nothing looks worst then a painted frame with spots rubbed off and rusted. Better not to do it unless you just want to show off your bike and not your riding skills. If you still insist then i would either powder coat of bed liner. Many people use grip tape on the sides to prevent rubbing. Most say it tears up their boots though. If i were you i would go with the less abrasive kind that is used around pools, bathtubs, or steps where bare feet are. Did that for my motorcycle and its working extremely well.

You just described like 90% of dirtbikes.

If done right bedliner should work.

my nephew did an entire truck. Was awesome. Don't have to worry about scratches.

Bed liner will look like crap in my opinion. From a 4x4 rock crawler back ground SEVERAL people have covered they're rigs in bed liner. Looks good at first, but soon sun fades and looks like dump. If you were to pay and have someone shoot it with a high quality it may work. But if you plan on doing it yourself I don't think you'll like the outcome. So if you tear the bike down and take it somewhere to have them do it why not paint or powder instead.

You just described like 90% of dirtbikes.

Not really, most are just straight aluminum frame. Its the ones that they paint orange or green from that factory that look horrible after a few months. But hey if you have money to waste on making your bike look pretty then by all means do it. I ride hard enough in the woods that keeping my bike pretty would mean new plastics, seat cover, and graphics every week.

You just described like 90% of dirtbikes.

hahaha LOL so true!!

nw

much thanks to everybody, very nice inputs! I would also consider paint as well now that I've really thought a out it.

as to the folks talking about riding skills; I'm more of a sled rider lol this is my first bike, and I've only had a few weeks on it. I won't ever race the bike, but I love getting mad air, and the back wheel lol I'm pretty naturally talented on a bike; I've been on them all my life, I've just never had "my own". I seem to have a problem with the oil drain hole on my bike so it's being laid up for a week or two until I have some new parts come in :) thanks

Go to an auto parts. Store get some duplicolor in a spray can take yor time a good paint job is all in the prep work it will look good as new if you do it right it is a laquer so you can sand out imperfections and no recoat window

Go to an auto parts. Store get some duplicolor in a spray can take yor time a good paint job is all in the prep work it will look good as new if you do it right it is a laquer so you can sand out imperfections and no recoat window

Holy run on sentence Batman!

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