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Has anyone used this on the candy orange? I was told I can order the kit for $70 and It comes with the 3 stage material. I have an area to fix and it is either try this or try to cover with a pin stripe. Hell I can do both at the cost of a new outer fairing.
 

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Anyone ever used any touch up paint before? Anything? Im starting to feel like the stinky kid in school:D
 

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I had a black /blue ice bike with a 3 stage kit, blue, black, and the ice coating, it never worked right, I had a chip on my front fender and it just never would blend, when I traded it in the dealer pinstriped it and I realized I should have done that a long time before!!!


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I bought touch up paint from my dealer when I found a chip on my front fender. Sedona orange. it did a fine job covering the gray primer underneath but you can still see indent. I guess I could build up the paint over time and fill in the chip but it looks fine and you wouldn't notice it unless you were really looking.

touch away, i'm sure it will look fine.
 

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Thanks guys... I was starting to develop a complex!! I think I will give it a try and if im not happy I will add the pin strip. I have to do something because it is driving me nuts.
 

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The trouble with touch up paint is it looks like you touched up the paint. My bike seems to be a stone magnet and I used the HD touch up paint on the bike and you can alway tell that you touched up the paint. Now I just say F*** it and leave the chips alone. If you ride the bike you will get paint damage from some kind of flying object.
 

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The trouble with touch up paint is it looks like you touched up the paint. My bike seems to be a stone magnet and I used the HD touch up paint on the bike and you can alway tell that you touched up the paint. Now I just say F*** it and leave the chips alone. If you ride the bike you will get paint damage from some kind of flying object.
this! I bought a black bike so the touchups are less obtrusive!
 

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The actual trouble with touch up paint is, very few people know how to do it properly.

I was a automotive painter for 25 years, and got really good at brush touch up. It take patience and a steady hand.

A quick run down on how to do it.

Buy a set of camel hair brushes..... don't use the built in touch up brush.

De-wax the chip. Prepsol works well. You could probably talk your local body shop out of a baby food jar full. Or use denatured alcohol if you can't get anything else.

Use just enough of the color coat to "color" the chip. Do not try to build the paint up. When the color coat is covered, and the metallic or pearl is even looking....STOP. You will use the clear to build up the surface.

Stay INSIDE the chip.... don't color outside of the chip. Use both hands..... steady your brush hand with your free hand. Have lots of light available. And buy a pair of magnifying glasses. Even if your eyes are good, the magnification is helpful to stay inside the chip. If you do go outside the lines, carefully wipe the excess paint off immediately.

Use your clear to build up the paint until it is slightly higher than the stock paint. This will take applications over a period of many days. You want the clear to dry before applying the next coat.

The next part is what scares some people.

Wet dry sand with a block to level out your clear to the same level as the OEM clear, using 800 grit then 2000 grit ultrafine wet&dry paper. Make sure you keep the sandpaper wet by dripping water with a sponge or rag. Try to only sand the built up clear as much as possible. Try to not remove very much of the OEM clear. There's not much of it there.

Polish with medium compound, by hand, adding a little water to thin the compound as you go, then use swirl mark remover.

As I said, it takes patience. I fixed a chip on my left saddlebag lid this summer, and if you don't know where it is, you can't find it. I would take a macro close up picture of it.... but, it would just be a picture of Cool Blue Pearl paint :D

The tri-color paints are a bear to match with a brush. I did my wife's tank, and you can see the repair, because of the color difference..... but you have to look pretty hard.
 

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Thanks for the info....yeah the sanding part sounds like a bear! I talked to a local body shop and the manager happens to be a bike guy. He is going to do the touchup himself for me at a cheap price.
 
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