I got the classic hardbags a couple of years ago.
I purchased them in primer coat and a friend of mine showed me
how to paint and sand them to an OEM finish using spray cans.
He was a professional painter years ago.
He did the first coat, I did all the rest, 20 color coats on the
saddlebags and trunk, 30 color coats on the fairing because
I had some difficulty with bugs and dandelion seeds as I was
spraying outdoors. Two coats of clear after I sanded the color
smooth. Turned out very nice. I got two coats out of each can
of paint, so ten cans on the saddlebags, ten cans on the trunk
and 15 cans on the fairing, then three cans of clear.
Total 38 cans.
Multiply each can by $5 and add some money for the sandpaper
and that is what it cost me to paint the stuff to match my bike.
I used EasyBrackets VTXC1BR to mount my saddlebags
to my Hondaline Deluxe luggage rack, which is why my
bags stick out a bit on the sides. I have had the saddlebags
for two years and took them off for the first time a couple
months ago when I finally mounted a set of catseye
LED taillights on the bags so that people will notice the bike
is wide when I ride at night.
Had to drill a hole for the wiring to enter the saddlebag
and a couple to mount the lights.
Hardest part of taking them off was finding the key to the Easybrackets.
Will try to show a photo.