A paint job is only as good as it's prep work (cleaning and sanding). Make sure you thoroughly wet sand and clean your fairings pre-application. A DIY paint booth will also help greatly. The more filtrated and vented the environment the better your paint is going to apply and cure. If you're painting in the same spot you're sanding then you're going to blow sand particles everywhere and get a sandpaper finish. Look for additives for your paint too to make it more flexible (good for Chinese fairings which are more flexible than OEM). Stick with the good stuff like DuPont. Good paint can make a bad paint job better looking from a distance and in pictures. If your fairings are truly unpainted then 2 layers of primer will do. If they're basecoated with something then maybe liberally sand and apply 3 layers. I usually apply 2 thick layers of color as well. and then 2-3 layers of clear depending on the application. The clear matters more than the color because that's what actually make the color pop and sheen. Again you should be wet-sanding every single layer even the colored ones. Your last coat is then going to need some abrasive polish and good high quality wax. Depending on the thickness of your graphics, it will take several clear coats to make the surface flush. If you're doing a basic 2-3 layer clear coat you might still be able to feel the edge of the stickers.
Honestly, paint is an art. I personally just let a professionals do it. They see things the novice eye could never depict or call out. It's also pretty expensive to get set up if you consider your labor worth something. It could take you 8+ sanding hours and 2 hours in the booth not including set-up, cleaning, and dry time... and for your first time it might take more like 12-15 labor hours. So if you figure your time is worth what... $50 an hour, you're looking at like $800-1000 labor and material... or you could pay someone recommended on your local FB page the same or less while you go make $$$ or have fun.
When in doubt... send it!
Last edited by ddipaola; 09-25-2018 at 10:33 AM.