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    1998 Yamaha XL1200 Respray

    Hey guys,
    First post on Greenhulk! I bought a 98 XL1200 with a Riva Stage II kit that ran like a champ! Haven't GPS'd it yet, but thats next on the agenda.
    Basically, the engine bay was clean as a whistle:
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    But the exterior was hurting-10+ years out in the Bermuda sun meant it required some TLC!
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    I decided to go for a basic Yamaha metallic blue. Thankfully I have a good friend who gets free spraybake time at work.I also got some chrome decals made up
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    The biggest problem was removing the older stock decals. It took over 5 hours to remove them all, including some crappy stickers the previous owner slapped on indiscriminately.
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    And finally, the mock-up, featuring my trained painter/greasemonkey/jack of all trades
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    When Exoticsigns.com gets their website back in action, some decals are coming my way, and Hydro-Turf as well. Also, in the removal of all the plastics, the fuel cock snapped, and the choke was seized, so both are on order from Riva, should they ever get here.
    My biggest concern is a terrible repair job by the rear sponsons. I cannot for the life of me remove them, as they are screwed in on the inside. ANY IDEAS? I was gonna put some aftermarket sponsons on, but since I can't remove the the stock ones it doesn't seem likely.
    So I gotta blow them in with a spray gun to try to match the white hull
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    Looks great!! Welcome to the forums, these people are the best and are a great help. they got me and my gp1200 up and running. good luck with it!

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    Awesome job on that ski.I am sure that it will be a first class watercraft when completed.I cant tell exactly whats going on looking at the sponson pic but im assuming that you have little or no access to the hardware holding the sponsons.That aint good. You may have to get real creative to solve that one.This problem may stem from the fact that fiberglass can be repaired or replaced but repairs on the SMC hull may be somewhat limited.

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    What paint code did you use for the paint you used? I've been trying to figure out a blue I'd like to use on my ski and that one looks nice.

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