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Frequently Asked Questions

Paint FAQ

Custom Paint

How does the process for getting a custom paint design work?

Some customers come to us with an idea for artwork, a special color, or specific graphic, while others ask us to learn a little about their personality and create a unique design based on their individual style. For over 40 years, we’ve worked closely with our customers to bring their ideas and visions to life. Through a series of phone calls, emails, or visits, the paint colors and designs are completed. Then we can email back and forth with the customer until the final design is approved.

Can I add custom painted graphics and designs to my factory paint?

Absolutely! We do this all the time. Many of our customers request that we add a fuel-tank mural, custom flames, or painted graphics to their stock factory paint, and it is often much more cost-effective.

Why add custom paint to your bike?

Why wouldn’t you? Custom paint is the ultimate accessory! Your bike is your expression of freedom and your paint job is your freedom of expression. Part of owning a motorcycle or cool vehicle is its reflection of your personality and style. There’s nothing worse than seeing another one on the road that looks just like yours. And nothing, not even chrome accessories, will make as big an impact as custom paint. It will truly set your bike apart from the crowd. We understand this, and look forward to helping you create a one-of-a-kind visual statement.

How much does it cost?

Usually less than you think. It depends on many different variables and with a quick consultation we can get you a ballpark price. Because CPV is an exclusive motorcycle painting facility, we have efficiencies that translate into much nicer and higher quality paint work at a lower price.

Is custom paint as durable as my factory paint?

Yes. Few painters have the experience that we have at CPV. We also use the best quality materials, along with our proprietary preparation techniques and paint processes. Our process is so advanced, that it has been tested by major manufacturers and passes their rigorous paint specs and quality levels.

Can I visit the CPV facility?

Yes…. We’re proud to have visitors. This is NOT your typical, dirty, dusty paint shop. Our large facility and one-of-a-kind showroom (in Racine, WI) is visible from I-94 and extremely easy to access. It features dozens of examples of our work, detailed murals, specialty “RealFIRE” flame examples, innovative finishing techniques, and much more. You’ll likely get to meet some of our valued customers, as numerous parts and vehicles are coming through our doors each day.

Does CPV paint cars, trucks, etc?

With our success in reaching the motorcycle market, we no longer paint vehicles due to capacity restraints. We focus solely on motorcycle painting.

Does CPV take credit cards?

Yes, Visa and MasterCard.

How long does a paint job take?

It depends on the complexity of design, season, and current demand. It is best to call for a quick consultation to determine turn-around times. Average is about 4 weeks.

Can CPV expedite paint repairs during on-season riding?

Very often we can. Summer and fall are our slower seasons, so many times we can expedite. For minor repairs, many customers choose to wait until winter to tie up their bike.

Can CPV quote paint repairs by looking at photos of damage?

Absolutely! Our experience is so deep that we view photos via email and can then work up a repair quote, usually within 24 hours. It is a great way to get a quote (but please, take good photos).

Will I be able to tell where my paint job was repaired?

Our goal is your satisfaction. The challenge of color matching and repairing complex paint jobs can be enormous and many times a repair is your only option. Therefore we will work hard to make your parts look original. If we don’t think that your parts are repairable for a number of possible reasons, we will consult with you and help you understand why and your options.

Does CPV take complete bikes and disassemble and reassemble?

No, we encourage you to use your trusted and trained dealer or mechanic. Don’t shortcut this step.