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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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There has been plenty of bitchin about Victory paint hardness. Myself included. I bought my bike the very end of February, 2013. I noticed right away that almost any contact with clothing, etc. left light marks in the paint. After the first wash I could actually see some swirl marks from the sponge.....NOT HAPPY. They came out easily with scratch and swirl remover....but still.....I was thinking...shitty paint on a $20K machine.

Fast forward to the end of July, 2013. The paint has gotten harder. I'm thinking it may take a while to cure. I don't have near the amount of transfer marks as before...and washing does not leave swirl marks anymore. Anyone else have the same observations? Don't know if it matters, but mine is Sunset Red.

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There has been plenty of bitchin about Victory paint hardness.
I guess I don't know anything about good paint. All my bikes get scratched up over time. I buy them to use not to show, so such things don't bother me a lot.




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After 2 & 1/2 months, mine still marks easy and my bike was built in Nov '12 so the paint should be cured by now one would think.

I don't get too "wound up" about it coz during the spring/summer/fall, I ride it ... when winter sets in is when I clean it up and "tinker" which includes a good polishing to get rid of those surface "scuff" marks, etc.

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The blue paint on my '04 TC still looks great. The black on my '08 JP wasn't so good so I had the tins repainted.

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The red bike is not showing much swirl. I am fairly responsible about cleaning but not anal. I decided that I am not a victim of swirl although it may be that I have a less critical eye.

I have noted minor defects (to be expected in an assembly line paint booth) and there is obvious lack of attention to detail (not as excusable but still minor). I mean, the bottoms of the bags are rough, the insides of covers are rough. Not the visible stuff for sure but it says something about the quality expectation during manufacture. I have had bikes that there was no dif in the paint on what you saw and what you did not so I expect that.

Ya know, I say this crap but in the sun from right up close one of the things that most endeared me to this machine is that red paint. Funny too because color was not even a consideration for me beyond the fact that black knocks a couple benjamins off the MSRP.

Turns out Vic can mix a flake fairly appealingly. Whoda thunkit?

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Ya know, I say this crap but in the sun from right up close one of the things that most endeared me to this machine is that red paint.
I agree... that flake and in the RED really POPs out (no pun intended ... well, maybe a little LOL)

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Solar red on my 04 is also far ahead in quality over the flake white on the Vision. Not caring to much about swirling but it sure doesn't take much to scuff, scratch or chip. I'm with Pop on the out of site out of mind. Very poor quality control on overspray and orange peel on any part that is to I your face. Wit that said, I ride it year round and not for show. Someone told me yesterday. Needed to wash it. I said I did, about 16 miles of road wash the night before going home in the rain. Honestly, I don't see it would hurt MaVic to tighten up on paint. Their prices aren't entry level anymore. On a side toe, abut finished with my first can of original bike spirits spray cleaner and wax. Great touch up for the wind screen and bike.
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Can probably thank the EPA for the slow curing paint. I started using a synthetic McGuairs (sp) Tech Wax almost immediately when I got the blue XC. I think that helped keep it from getting the light surface scratches. It has now been 3 years and it's holding up very well just using Bike Spirits and Lucas Slick Mist on it. The paint does not appear to be soft any longer.

The 04 KP had a custom paint job and has held up well so far but it was used when I got it last year.
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I had a new street and curb put in this summer and some how there was grit on my paint. It felt like sand and after two washs with hot water it still felt the same. I used Mothers clay bar and there California Gold detailer. My paint feels smoother then new and the detailer dose not draw dust. I wax in straight lines no circles. I use a soft fur mitten when washing. I think my paint looks great and shines like a mirror.
Bad paint might just be from how one takes care of it. After all the paint is done by a Robot so it does what its programmed to do.

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You know, I've noticed myself the paint seems to be much more resilient than it was a year ago when I took the bike home. Maybe having out in some UV radiation makes it harden or something ridiculous.

Best keep the Vegas parked outside, if that's the case. An '08 with 2k on the clock means it spent most of the last 6 years decorating a garage.

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