Paint

Killa Cycles Dallas

Killa Cycles is a custom motorcycle shop in Dallas. They build bikes and do custom coatings. Mainly exhaust coatings. I found them on Google when I was looking for someone to do some work on my tank. I was originally told it would take 3-4 weeks to get everything done in January, but it took until May to get it back. They told me they were in a bit of a transitional period… but that’s a bit of a stretch. It didn’t take long before I noticed the paint was bubbling really bad. Turns out they failed to seal the tank properly and fuel was leaking out and destroying the paint from inside out.

I contacted them and they informed me the guy that did the work no longer worked there and that they would have to “see what we could do…” Eventually they let me know they’d re-paint the tank if I covered the cost of materials. This was the beginning of September. I told them that would be fine as long as they can have it done quickly, as I needed to get the bike ready for Barber Vintage Festival on Oct 7th. They assured me it should only take a week but they would say two weeks for good measure…

I called around the start of week two to see where we were and they gave me some BS answer about how they haven’t been able to get to it, etc.. I explained to them the importance of it being ready for me to take it to Alabama to show. The guy was like, dude.. I’m trying to get it out to you. At this point I’m a little nervous. Another week goes by. Still nothing… Finally I call them and they tell me they were about to prime it and shoot it.. It would be ready the Monday before Barber to be painted.. I thought, that’s cutting it close.. I’m leaving Thursday.

Wednesday comes around and I tried texting the guy. No response. Tried calling his cell. No response. Called the shop. No response. I got in my car and drove 24 miles across town to their shop. He was standing there in the shop with the shop phone clipped on his belt cell phone on a table across from him. He looked a little nervous when I asked about the tank. He explained that it was still not ready. WHAT. In frustration I told the guy how disappointed I was, and let him know there were people that are watching my build. That this just doesn’t look good for their business. His response, “Man I’m on a whole other level. I don’t need them.” So there you go. He needs no customers to do business.

I packed everything up and left. The day before we were to leave for Barber, and I have no paint. Well.. luckily I have great friends. I posted up on Do The Ton and within minutes had a flurry of people offering up suggestions and one person in particular that told me to meet him at his work where he had a paint booth. Despite having a 3 month old at home, he stayed up until 3am helping me prep and paint my stuff. We got it all done in a night. One late night. And it looks fantastic.

So. If you need any sort of custom motorcycle work, custom coatings, custom paint, or anything of that nature and it is time-sensitive, DO NOT USE Killa Cycles in Dallas, TX. Unless of course you like shady work, flakey people, and a lack of concern for customer’s needs or timing.

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Friday, October 7th, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

New Paint

Well. After the stupid shop (never use Killa Cycles in Dallas for any custom work or paint) managed to not paint my stuff before Barber Vintage Festival (he had a month). I picked up my stuff the day before we were to leave in anger thinking I could do a quick rattle can job. A friend from Do The Ton invited me out to his work to use his paint booth in the hopes that we could do something really quick.

We started by prepping the tank.. Did some minor body work, but didn’t do everything as it was meant to be a quick job and would be redone later. Just needed it for Barber. He shot the primer and then a few coats of black. Then he suggested we throw some of the orange candy I had from paint I got to redo the scallop. (it was matched to the frame perfectly).

This has a great deal of pearl in it so I had some concerns, but thought, hey it will probably look awesome. Black with an orange sheen.

He walked out of the paint booth, eyes wide, and said, “There’s a little more than orange pearl in that…..” I walked in and looked at it… Sure enough, it was lots of different colors. It was subtle but, along came the clear coat and BAM. The color just exploded off the tank. So.. now I have a chameleon paint job. One that is seriously growing on me….

Thanks so much Kit for the HUGE bailout.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

Paint

I got paint!!!

We did this little orange scallop to match the lines of the custom knee dents.

This is the clear. It’s got a bit of pearl and gold flake to give it the same character as the frame. I was worried at first this may come out looking like a bass boat, but it turned out quite nice. No camera can truly catch it.. You pretty much have to see it in person. But this will get you an idea.

And here it is all thrown together.

Pretty excited yo…

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Frame Job

Exciting News! I’ve just picked my frame up from Custom Powder Coating. The color I went with is Bomber Orange. It’s one of the coolest powders I’ve ever seen. It has a gold sparkle to the finish. Just beautiful.

You can see the detail in the highlights are just amazing.

I also re-shaped my seat a little and threw it on the frame with the fiberglass tailpiece and the new tank I scored on eBay.

Tonight I also played around with my old tank. The new tank is going to be taken to a guy that does a lot of custom bike work. They will be cutting and welding new knee inserts and painting everything. I used tape to shape up the new knee inserts, and painted. This is pretty close to I want, except I want it to be a little rounder at the front of the dent (this was hard to do with tape).

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

TANKS! (for the memories)

So now I’ve hammered in the dents a little less ugly (just a little) and added a few dabs of body filler (not a few).

As you can see it’s more like bondo with a few dabs of tank.

I’ve also gone through and stripped the paint off the tailpiece. Again, this guy was in pretty bad shape, so I had to do my best. This winter I plan to redo it from scratch. Hopefully by then I will also have procured a new tank.

Priming and painting.

Wet sanding is our best friend. Fine grit paper, bowl from the kitchen. Don’t worry I won’t put it back. (I might (I won’t)). The finish is really smooth and delicious.

Re-assembled. Notice The wires hanging all over the place. Also I haven’t done much with that front fender yet. Considering axing it completely.

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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