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Spray painting a motorcycle is a challenge in itself so additional challenges are unwelcome. One absolute "must-have" for this messy process is a spray gun stand. What you most likely forgot to buy when you ordered the paint supplies was just that - something to hold the spray gun when you load it with paint, and somewhere to rest the gun between coats. With my wallet already depleted by my current motorcycle restoration project, I made my own from a 3/16" steel rod and piece of plywood that I had in my pile of discards from previous projects. I tried my hand at a faux carbon fiber finish on the base simply because I like the look of carbon fiber.

 
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Step 1: The stuff

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Even the simplest of projects requires stuff. Fortunately I had everything readily available so didn't have to spend a dime. What I used:
  • 2 Pieces of Plywood for the base - about 6" wide by 10" long and 0.5" thick, and the other piece about 5" wide by about 6 inches long. If you have thicker plywood, you will be fine with a single piece of thicker material.
  • about 3 foot 3/16 or 1/4" steel rod. Thicker than 1/4" is hard to work with and thinner than 3/16" will be to flimsy
  • A small rod and tubing bender if you are after neat and presentible tool, else you can form it with your hands
  • Epoxy to secure the rod to the plywood base. I used JB Weld because that was what I had.
  • Two #6 wood screws 3/4" long
  • Drill bit that matches the steel rod diameter - 3/16" in my case
  • Dril - battery/electric/hand whatever you have that can make a hole in wood
  • Clothes line wire (or any wire about 1/16" diameter or thicker) for prototyping the shape
If you plan on painting the Spray Paint Gun stand:
  • Can of black spray paint preferably something that you can apply to metal and wood direct without a primer. Rustoleum works well for this.
  • Can of silver spray paint to create the faux carbon fiber look.
  • Tool drawer liner with rectangular holes for the faux carbon fiber pattern

Seems like a lot of work to make a stand that you can purchase for 10 bucks.

MidnightMaker (author)  camaro_19_679 days ago

The sense of satisfaction you get out of "making" is what it's about. A lot of the things I have are made with my own hands. I wouldn't have it any other way.

gmatta5 months ago
I was gonna say something along the lines of, "looks like somebody got the cheap harbor freight gun haha," but then I saw your bike, that's a great paint job (if the other i'ble is the same bike) I am getting into painting now too and I have a stand anyways, but it's not nearly tall enough because I have both a regulator and an inline filter. I was gonna ask though, any pointers to a newbie like myself? Great i'ble by the way :))
MidnightMaker (author)  gmatta5 months ago
I have now painted two bikes with my harbor freight guns. I wouldn't know a good gun from a bad one because I've only ever used the harbor freight gun. I built and painted the black bike - first build and first paint job. I put a lot of detail into a blog I was writing at the time which may have some useful tips for you. The main blog is here: http://midnightcustoms.blogspot.com/ The paint post is here: http://midnightcustoms.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-21-bodywork-and-paint.html

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 just finished painting my cafe racer which was another huge painting challenge for me. I will at some point document it but for now I rather spend time to get it on the road! 
I understand. I wouldn't know a good gun either, I opted for an LVLP gun from amazon. There always seems to be a mixed bag of reviews for the HF guns, but I guess it really is about the painter and not the equipment. Thank you for your references, I will read them like religion (hehe) so hopefully mine will turn out at least a fraction of how your's did. Great instructable, and I built a stand for my gun, Thanks :))
MidnightMaker (author)  gmatta5 months ago
Good luck. If I didn't mention it in the blog I must have painted my gas tank about 5 times before I was happy with it.....
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notingkool5 months ago
Great stand, it's very usefull for charge the paint into the gun.
Jobar0077 months ago
Does it work well with the air hose still attached?
MidnightMaker (author)  Jobar0077 months ago
I use a small C-clamp to clamp the base to the work surface so that it is stable with the air hose attached.
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