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Best modification for a motorcycle? Custom paintwork!

When it comes to modifying your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, paintwork and styling can have amazing impact! Show off your premium Harley® build and become the rider on the bike that turns heads and is the talk of the town at the bike meets. When it comes to custom motorcycle paint work, one brand comes to mind for us and that's Image Design Custom Ltd (IDC).

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Image Design Custom Ltd

Image Design Custom Ltd has created some of the best designs in the industry - they incorporate bold colours with beautiful graphics and stunning cutting-edge design. Earlier this year we asked them to design two Sportster® S bikes for us and you can see from the intricate detail that these guys know what they're doing. From motorcycles to helmets and everything in between, the brand is no stranger to stepping outside their comfort zone. Need something painted? Contact the best there is!

Working closely with the customer, IDC ensures your total confidence in the design before moving to the next step.

Call Image Design Custom on 01276 503866

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To get started all you need is a motorcycle, whether that's straight from the factory or a custom build in your shed - IDC offers everything you need to take a more personalised path. With a collection/delivery service available and a strip/fit solution too, you can send off your motorcycle in one piece and collect your motorcycle in one piece - no harm done. Just pure custom riding bliss.

Everything else

IDC doesn't stop at motorcycles, instead, they offer a wide range of possibilities ready to reinvigorate your current style. From fully customised helmets and bicycles to guitars, IDC does it all! Utilising a digital planning process and an airbrush painting technique, you get full access to the design process. Every job is bespoke to the needs of the execution - but a lot like a tattoo, it'll cost you more the longer you sit in the chair.

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The Process

The process is dependent on the type of project. We've featured the main steps in they took one of our recent collaborations to create our custom Sportster® S, Twenty-4.

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1. Let's get masking

The bike went into IDC with stock paintwork from the factory. So the first step was to sand back the bike and prime it with a high build primer. Once cured this was sanded back again to get an even smoother finish, ready for its first coat of base colours and design. With colour on the way, the bike was masked using ultra-fine masking tape for optimum crisp edging.

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2. Add the first coat

It was time for the very first coat of paint to be applied over the masked design. After this coat of paint was added, they removed the initial masked areas and then worked further detail into the initially-covered sections. We had a Harley® logo we wanted to integrate into the design of this bike, so this was then airbrushed on after the main custom paint design was completed.

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3. Clean and smooth

At this stage the panels were ready for their first hit of clearcoat lacquer. This is used not only as a protectant but also as a way to enhance the colours on the panels. Once applied, the lacquer was then in need of baking off and curing in the spray booth. After the spray, the entire project went off for another sand down to ensure there were no paint edges or bumpy sections.

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4. Shiny and ready

Once the edges were all as smooth as they could possibly be, the team made final touch-ups to achieve a premium end result. The motorcycle then had another 3 or 4 lacquer layers - again cured in the spray booth. After the lacquer operation was finished, the bike was finally polished, cleaned and wrapped for delivery back to us.

Our collaborations

We recently created two absolutely stunning Sportster® S bikes with Image Design Custom Ltd as part of our Custom Street Culture Collection. Find out more below...



The Sportster S - All-Star


The Sportster S - Twenty-4
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