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Hot Rods and Handlebars is pleased to offer Professional Custom Paint Services for all makes and models such as Harley Davidson Big wheel Baggers, Indian motorcycles, and more.
Frequently Asked Paint Questions
How do I get the parts to you?
Please use bubble wrap to wrap your parts. Popcorn or peanuts in the box may causes parts to move in shipment and you're responsible for in damagae that may acore during shipment to us. Please pack your own parts. Use newspaper and crumpled-up cardboard for filler. To save yourself money, drop off at Fed Ex or UPS yourself. Mom and Pop UPS stores charge more. Call UPS or Fed Ex for a location near you. We save you money on return shipping by using these principles and packing your parts very well. Please request shipping address. Please include your name and phone number. We need a deposit of 40- 50% before work begins.
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping cost may vary, depending upon the size and weight of the package. We ship items worldwide, handle and process all customs documents and all jobs arrive without a scratch fully insured.
What type of paint jobs do you accept?
We are no longer painting cell phones, toilet seats, softball hats or hard hats. These are called FILLER jobs. Once in a while, we will do a mailbox (starting at $150) unless you want to pay the minimum charge $150-$350, but there is no guarantee we can accept your project. We are a primarily a car and bike shop.
How long will it take you to paint the designs?
Upon receiving your items, it can take 3 to 4 weeks to complete the artwork, depending on back log. At any time you may leave a deposit and secure your spot.
Do you do body work if it is needed?
Usually body work is no charge as long as its minor. Dents, dings and brakes will be charged hourly. Don't expect it to be free if it looks like its been pounded on with a 5 lb sledge hammer, and dragged down the road on the way here.
If I send you a custom made steel tank do you seal the tanks?
Yes, we do $45.00 each, $70.00 for a one-piece tank.
How long until I wax it?
We don't recommend waxing your paint job. Clay bars work well to remove debris that can cause the clear coat to become "cloudy" and not as shiney as it once was. If you have a lot of surface scratches, then using a good 3m polishing compound and buffer to return the shine would be optimum.
What about the area around the gas cap?
We have our special epoxy, a tried and tested method, never had one bubble yet. You still must use a vented gas cap (one with "small holes").
How do you finish under the fenders?
We are one of the few companies that actually paints the insides of the fenders. We feel that you should feel confident that your bike looks as good from the top as it does the bottom. For back fenders we use 3M Rubber undercoating "black matte", also helps in stopping chips from developing from rocks coming off the tires and hitting the underside of the fender.
Do you paint fiberglass and plastic and repair it?
Yes, we do, however it may be more cost effective to just buy replacement panels.
Can you do major fabrication as in recessed gas caps, custom fairings, etc?
We have a combined 25 years of experience in the custom fabrication and building of high end hot rods and motorcycles. We are well versed in anything custom.
What is the average number of clear coats I get?
Usually, it's 4 to 8, 4 before the pin striping / art if it is getting any, then 4 after. This gets the art/pin striping buried before it gets buffed to a glass like finish.
How should I make payments?
We require at least one third of the estimated cost before starting work. The second payment of one third during work and the final payment before releasing the finished product. You can pay ahead, but be sure to pay in full when work is completed. Your product will NOT be released until the total cost is paid in full. Product must be paid in full and received within 30 days of notification of completed job or item is sold to cover our costs unless prior arrangements are made.