Motorcycle Paint. All What You Wanted To Know.

I wish that all those intending to paint their motorcycle, those who are going to choose a painter, and all those who have a bike built and painted under the supervision of a custom shop read this book. First, they will understand that the masterpieces they are exposed to require a lot of time of preparation before the first shot of paint is applied. They will also appreciate much more the long experience and hard work involved in producing the masterpieces adorning our custom bikes. JoAnn Bortles is a well known world-class motorcycle painter, and also a writer and photographer. I know her since 15 years, have collaborated with her, and during all these years saw her improving her techniques through many trials & errors. Her written on a conversational tone, is a guide which doesn’t focus only on the end result but on all the steps to accomplish a great project In it she is honest and not afraid to tell you anecdotes of her own past screw-ups and disillusionments. She dispels any common thought that the task of requires only a talent received from God and demonstrates that patience, persistence, practice and knowledge of the materials used are the main ingredients to a successful paint job. It’s a true nuts-and-bolts book illustrated by many examples, and if you want to paint your motorcycle or start a painter career, it’s an absolute must read.

4 Responses to “Motorcycle Paint. All What You Wanted To Know.”

  1. 1 madpuppy Sep 22nd, 2007 at 9:47 am

    I haven`t read JoAnns book, does sound interesting !Way back in the “old days”, the guys I rode with said Thank You to God for winter!. That’s when ( depending on the size ) 3 or 4 Bikes would be torn down and as the motors were being rebuilt and new goodies ordered most of us would sand the frame & tank and fenders to perfection, then some one we knew would do the painting! It was Good times , the ol`e ladys BS-ing in the house the guys drinking beer and smoking as we wrenched in the garage.

  2. 2 Sep 22nd, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    JoAnn is a fine painter and person. I have known her for some time and can say if you are interested in painting motorcycles you would benefit from reading her book


  3. 3 Nicker Sep 23rd, 2007 at 3:25 am

    It certainly couldn’t hurt…

    These new two part paints are super expensive and tricky to put down. Unlike Lacquer they are not forgiving.

    My neighbor came over with a hand full of what looked like clear plastic sandwich wrap. Turned out to be the clear coat off his freshly painted tank. It simply slid right off…!

    Books are good.
    (buy a book…. or buy a beer…)

  4. 4 Mike Mar 21st, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Read the book, about to start painting my first bike. I will let you know how helpful it is to a beginner.

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