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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-27-2019, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Factory paint flaws

Has anyone ever found flaws in their factory paint? If so what did you do about it? I found what seems to be a tiny hair like imperfection in one of my bag lids on my 18 RGS. I guess I'll contact the dealer but I'm suspecting i won't get much help from them.
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Harley has always had the best paint in the industry. It's like a mile deep but there is always a chance that they missed something.
Since you've gad the bike for 8 months it might not go your way but it sure can't hurt to ask your dealer about it and beings it took you 8 months to notice it it can't be that bad.

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Oh it's not but for a bike that runs for almost $30k it should be flawless. It's also apparent that there was no other for that flaw to get there other than the painting process so we'll see what happens. Honestly all that needs to happen is they replace my lid. Maybe I'll look the bike over a little harder to try to find anything else.
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Oh it's not but for a bike that runs for almost $30k it should be flawless. It's also apparent that there was no other for that flaw to get there other than the painting process so we'll see what happens. Honestly all that needs to happen is they replace my lid. Maybe I'll look the bike over a little harder to try to find anything else.
They should take care of it under warranty. When the parts come out off the clear coat line it goes straight to the buffers who inspect the part and remove imperfections if needed. The part then goes to deprep where the part is inspected again before its put on racks waiting to be sequenced.


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Oh it's not but for a bike that runs for almost $30k it should be flawless. It's also apparent that there was no other for that flaw to get there other than the painting process so we'll see what happens. Honestly all that needs to happen is they replace my lid. Maybe I'll look the bike over a little harder to try to find anything else.
They should take care of it under warranty. When the parts come out off the clear coat line it goes straight to the buffers who inspect the part and remove imperfections if needed. The part then goes to deprep where the part is inspected again before its put on racks waiting to be sequenced.


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That's helpful, hopefully my local dealer will feel the same. I tried to get a good picture but as is with paint imperfections sometimes it's hard to get it to show up in pics
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Gonna tell you what I've been told by more than one dealer. If the imperfection are not noticeable from 3', you're out of luck. If you have to get closer than 3', they don't do anything about it. Again, just what I've been told by more than one dealer.

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I've got what looks like a hair stuck under the paint on my fairing. The light has to hit it just right and you really have to look for it, but it's there. No big deal to me I guess.
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I've got what looks like a hair stuck under the paint on my fairing. The light has to hit it just right and you really have to look for it, but it's there. No big deal to me I guess.

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Yeah screw it. I was wiping the bike down yesterday and found some dirt in the paint from the paint process but i also found some chips from rocks most likely in places i didn't expect so obviously the bike is going to have to be touched up periodically. I have a very keen eye when it comes to paint (it's a blessing and a curse) and the reason i make a big deal about it is that i work for a luxury brand auto dealership and the things that the customers complain about and get away with are incredible. This would be something that would be fixed by my dealership immediately BUT I've never seen paint that was flawed from the factory and that's what surprised me about the flaws I've found. Now these bikes aren't cheap and Harley has a loyal customer base im curious on how something like this will be treated.
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