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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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For those of us who ride ALOT, you may have noticed that your ride receives a lot of rock and (believe it or not) bug chips in the paint. I believe this is contributed to by not only the projectiles, but also by the poor application of the clear coat to the paint.
Just wondering if anyone has discovered a solution, or at least a way to reduce the effect of this situation. If so, please share your idea with the rest of us.
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Touch-up paint. LOL

Actually, I am not being funny. I have the Pearl White and went to O'Brien's Auto Store and got something that is very close to the color.

But I am pretty sure I will have the bike repainted next year (or the year after) and at that point I will make sure the PAINTER puts MULTIPLE clearcoats and/or strong paint to diminish the amount of rock chips.

But until then...TOUCH-UP PAINT.

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3M paint protector film.
You all most can't see it and it does work. You know how fat trikes are well a friend has this on the fenders and a truck kicked up a rock and it his fender. Damaged the film but did not a touch to the paint. Had new film put on and good as new. One of the guys had the top of his saddlebags done the paint looks great after two years of finger nails scratching not showing and girls that drag there feet.
Check around and auto detailer do it or you can buy the film I believe from NAPA.
I have it on the front fender headlight and other parts love it.

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That's a great idea, but it's also kinda like being a teenager in the 70's and having to wear a rubber. It just don't "feel" right.

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yup...3M or other combos available: http://thetankslapper.biz/osc/index.php?cPath=36_226

I haven't pulled the trigger on this myself either...but it does seem to make sense, especially for the lower fairings on an XCT..but they don't have the precut pieces yet for those components. I talked to them last week about it and they're 'working on them'

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Yepper. The 3M is great stuff. I find for the XC that the 6" wide rolls of, whatever length you choose, work great. Yes. You can see it on the bike when up close but it sure beats seeing scratches and gouges in the paint.

And I agree about wearing a rubber. It's almost not even worth it...
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Same as Arkie, touch up paint. I never had a bike that chips paint as easy as this bike.

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Thanks for all the advice. It's a pity that our scoots don't have better paint and clear coats. The cost wouldn't be that significant, but would help keep customers happy. Also, would be great to be able to talk to a real person at Victory to submit suggestions or ask questions. Dealers are great, but talking to the manufacturer would be awsome.
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I have found that several coats of a good grade paste wax on the nose of the bike makes it easier to clean the bugs off and gives a layer of protection from chipping.

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Touch-up paint. LOL

Actually, I am not being funny. I have the Pearl White and went to O'Brien's Auto Store and got something that is very close to the color.

But I am pretty sure I will have the bike repainted next year (or the year after) and at that point I will make sure the PAINTER puts MULTIPLE clearcoats and/or strong paint to diminish the amount of rock chips.

But until then...TOUCH-UP PAINT.

Wally
50 year year painter here. . The more paint or clear the more chipping you get. Your Pearl is a try coat and has one layer of flat white ,one layer of pearl white and who knows how much clear.

I have to grow old but I don't have to grow UP.thumb up. 2010 Jackpot.

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