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Unread 05-28-2018, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default G29 body kit or paint original?

Letís see some pics. Debating on painting our g29 or buying a body kit for it. What have you done?
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Unread 05-29-2018, 11:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: G29 body kit or paint original?

Paint is cheap. I'd paint it. If you don't like how the paint turns out, then buy a body kit. With proper prep a rattlecan job can look very nice. Just make sure it is CLEAN. Clean with pressure washer and soap, scrub it good. Then use denatured alcohol and make sure all the lint is gone. Spray it good with promoter (instead of primer), let that do its thing for 15 min (it basically lightly "etches" the plastic so the paint bonds well). For painting fiberglass/metal/etc primer is best. For plastic you will get the best adhesion with promoter, otherwise it will flake off as the plastic flexes. Then, Spray with your color of choice. I do a light coat, and then 2 heavier coats. Let it sit for an hour to cure. Then hit it with a few coats of clearcoat. All in, you might be out $30-40 to paint it. Promoter is about $5/can. 1-2 cans should be plenty. Then about 4 cans of the color of your choice (about $5 each). And 2-3 cans of clearcoat ($3 each) should be all you need. After painting i wouldn't touch it for about 24 hours. The paint/clear/etc is dry to the touch in less than an hour, but soft for several hours until it fully cures. After about 24 hours you're good to go. For most people, that's plenty good. If you're a perfectionist, you can wet sand and buff for a showroom shine. You'll never be able to tell it was done with a rattlecan.

Best case, you've got a new looking cart and the color of your choice. Worst case, it doesn't turn out as you had hoped and you get the body kit anyway. And you can minimize the amount of masking/taping/prep necessary if you take the body off the cart and put it onto sawhorses.
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Unread 05-29-2018, 01:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: G29 body kit or paint original?

Thanks. Yeah I wouldnít be rattle canning it. We have a full paint booth with a professional paint mixing setup. I appreciate the help and yeah I would be using a plastic flex primer/promoter. Iíve done lots of snowmobile hoods and body shop work. Iím more looking for ideas on body kits vs paint.
Iíve seen the body kits anywhere from $400-$3,000. I would still be putting graphics or paint on them but just want to be able to put lights on and keep doing my upgrades.
Thanks again for the response. Itís always helpful to see what others do
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Unread 05-29-2018, 03:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: G29 body kit or paint original?

Oh ok, so you know what you're doing then :)

I guess in that case, it all depends on what you want to do with the cart. Personally, I use mine around the farm. So paint is the obvious choice... make it look much prettier than a scuzzy stained old white thing that looks like it sat under a tree for 10 years (because it did lol) but not something i'm afraid to scratch/scuff/etc. But if you live in one of the what I call "golf cart competitive" areas (The Villages in central Florida is a perfect example... I think many of those carts cost double what they spent on their cars) then a fancy body kit to make it look like a baby hummer, ferrari, jeep, whatever tickles your fancy is probably more up your alley.

Personally, mine looks best loaded up with feed. I just need to get the 4wheeler rack mounted over the front bonnet to deter the goats from jumping on the front when i'm out doing other stuff lol
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Unread 05-29-2018, 03:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: G29 body kit or paint original?

For pretty much any Yamaha I’d say paint. Aftermarket bodies for those are expensive and hard to find.
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Unread 05-29-2018, 04:16 PM   #6
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Ok thank you. Yeah I just live in a small town so itís our family ice cream getter or something for the kids to ride around the lot behind us. Maybe a camping vehicle too. I saw the body kits were kind of expensive.
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Unread 05-29-2018, 04:42 PM   #7
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lol i've got 9 kids so i'd need to stretch about 4 rows of seats to make it our family ice cream getter :) and then add an extra fuel tank or two, "town" is a solid 25 minute drive from me doing 60mph the whole way. I'd reckon a golf cart ride would take a good hour and a half lol. Instead it never goes more than 1/2 mile from my house (and that is to go to the mailbox to get the mail) and I don't think it's ever seen pavement as long as i've had it. Probably never will either. hey, tires last a lot longer that way!
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Paint the body, it’s what I would do
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