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Anybody ever have to touch up their denim black? Last night I was piddling around in the garage and I pulled the soft cover that I have over the RG , from the front fender area. That's when I noticed it......a nice long hairline scratch on the right side of the front fender. I'm not sure how it happened, because I was super careful removing & reinstalling the fender when I installed the monotubes last weekend. Either way, I ordered the Color Rite touch pen & egg shell/matte clear pen. We'll see if it works. It's not a deep scratch, & I can't feel it with a nail. Unbelievable how a tiny scratch in this paint shows up as a nice contrasting white scratch. Sometimes I miss the vivid black!
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Owning a black bike, car, truck, is a full time job. Lots of work but can be very rewarding.
I have a side business detailing cars, paint correction. I can't tell you how many black cars I have done, with full paint correction taking anywhere from 14-20 hrs. I have done a lot of the jet black BMWs and they are known for their super soft paint, the black would not be softer it would be the clear thats used.However, nothing compares to the vivd black paint, it is like jello the clear is so soft. Good buddy of mine has the same year RG but his is red. No way the clear coat is the same on these 2 bikes.
I went to great lengths perfecting the paint on my bike. About 6 months ago I polished it out again and coated it with 22 PLE paint coating. It has helped out tremendously with washing induced swirls, etc. I am sure some company offers a paint coating for matte finishes to help protect it if that is something you are interested in. 2 bucket washes with high quality wash media and soap, and a electric leaf blower will help keep your matte paint looking its best.
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There is a matte paint sealant sold by Dr Beasleys. It looks to be some good stuff & I am planning on giving it a try this spring. According to them, it helps protect the paint from scratches. I also have a scratch on the top of my tank, just to the left of the console. I think a piece of crud stuck in my wash mitt caused that one. The one in the fender is just plain ugly. That one has me baffled as to how it happened. It wouldn't be so bad if the scratches in this denim paint didn't show up as a bright white mark.
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I totally understand. I see imperfections in my trucks and bikes paint that drive me crazy, but I am anal about it.
As far as a sealant preventing scratches, pure advertising. Sealants are basically wax on steroids. They do offer protection from the elements, good hydrophobic properties and do not attract dust like waxes do.
There are many paint coatings out there. Some are available to the public, others are only for professional installation. Most of the coatings are either quartz based or silica based. the one I use the most takes 7 days to fully harden and is harder then the clear coat itself. These coatings have really changed the detailing business. On non matte finishes the gloss of the coatings is amazing. These high end coatings are lasting 3-5 years on cars that are outside 24/7.
Just a suggestion, see if you can find a paint coating for matte finishes. It might not be what you want in the end but it is another options.

Also, use a grit guard in your buckets when washing. They are designed to hold the junk at the bottom of the buckets
 

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Thanks Phillyfan. Your input is appreciated. I'll keep searching for some type of coating after I get these scratches touched up.

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