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I think it usually does, but on my bikes, I don't care about resale value.

What do you think of this 2001 Ultra on eBay?

 

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I check Ebay a lot and I'd say that one wont hit reserve. Most of the strange pain jobs dont even get low book bids. I've bought 3 off ebay and they've been black. When I've bid on others I knock off $1000 for the paint jobs.
 

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I would definantly say it depends on the paint job! I have seen some paint I really admired. And some other I had to say ?????What happened to this.LOL Rob
 

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Quality custon paint in most cases adds to the bikes value, even more so if the original paint set comes with the bike...
 

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Yes, it actually makes the bike worth less. Paint jobs are subjective, as you can see by the replies in this thread. Doesn't mean the bike wont sell, just means fewer people will be interested. unlikely as it seems, I'm sure there is someone out there who will get a chub over tanks with ' whoop ass ' painted on them.
 

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I have to say yes. Simply because you asked about resale value.
Just my opion.. custom paint should only used on a highly custom bike that is built with a well thought out plan that helps to complement the style.
When applied to somewhat stock bike it just looks to overpowering.

A lot of the customized bikes are never built with resale in mind.
Many are built as marketing products and never see much of the real world.
Some are built as a labor of love and craftsmenship that take countless hours "also have no resale in mind.

That pic above is a good example of loosing money with a $hitty paint job WTF was that person thinking ? Mabey that's what he gets when he finds a buyer..He
 

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SIN said:

When applied to somewhat stock bike it just looks to overpowering.

S'couse me for jumping in, but a 'Stock' Bike with 'custom' paint 'Invariably' looks like Shite!
 

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Custom paint jobs are supposed to be unique to the person who owns the bike. You'll have a tough time finding someone who will like exactly what you like, therefore the selling price will probably be lower. However, should you run across someone with like taste in paint jobs...
A matter of aesthetics.
 
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