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Old 02-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Paint problems..

So I took my bike out yesterday for a ride in this beautiful AZ weather. I stopped at a couple places including the HD dealership but then i stopped at a record store for a bit. When I come back out i notice 2 pretty good size scratches across the ride side of my tank.... not too deep into the paint but enough to where I could feel the scratch with my finger.

I know its just scratches but like this upset me a lot since the bike is brand new (only a few weeks old). Does anyone know if there's anyone to like buff this out or does harley sell like touch up pens or anything?

BTW the paint is denim black.

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Old 02-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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God help the low-life SOB who did that to my bike if I caught him...he'd be dead meat .

If you can feel the scratches with your fingernail then all the "buffing" in the world won't help...neither will scratch repair kits. You either repaint or get used to it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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. . . If you can feel the scratches with your fingernail then all the "buffing" in the world won't help...neither will scratch repair kits. You either repaint or get used to it.
Agreed. The best test is the "catch" test. If you can run a fingernail across it and it catches at all, it's too deep.

If not, I've had decent luck using 1200 grit sandpaper (black kind) soaked in water for 10-15 minutes to GENTY sand out scratches and then buff out the haze with polishing compound.

It's not that tricky if you are patient. I owned a black car for a while and got pretty good at it. But, if the nail will catch, don't try it. You'll almost certainly sand through the clear before you get it out.

You can buy touch up from Harley - both your base color and the clear. But, I have never seen a touch up job look any better than the scratch itself. Usually it looks worse -especially if the color is still in tact. I might touch up a chip or similar, but I wouldn't try it just for a scratch in the clear.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Seriously I was livid when I saw it. I guess I can say I got the first scratch out of the way, just bums me out. Not even 500 miles on the motor yet..
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if it's just into the clear, you can fix it
lightly wetsand with 1000 (and I mean lightly) and keep the paper wet and clean
then do it again with 1500 and feather out a little bit further
then repeat again with 2000 going even further out

then use light pressure with a polishing wheel and 3m rubbing compound

then follow up with with 3m Perfect-it and a slightly little more pressure and higher speed ont he polisher (also a different polishing pad)
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and if it is all the way thru the clear (powder coat) and to the paint, you need to have it fixed by a painter
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Seriously I was livid when I saw it. I guess I can say I got the first scratch out of the way, just bums me out. Not even 500 miles on the motor yet..
That's why I buy bikes and cars used.

The scratches on my Heritage still tick me off, but the $8K I saved makes me feel better about it!!
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TRY THIS!! It works AWESOME & may fix your problem...My wife got a brand new car-a week later comes home in tears, some A-HOLE must of rubbed against her car..there was a nail deep scratch about 6" long..I was freaking that we just spent $28k & she parks away from everyone also...I found this stuff and it took out scratch!!! Scratch out is my saviour!!! Amazing how it works......Best $5.00 I spent!!

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TRY THIS!! It works AWESOME & may fix your problem...My wife got a brand new car-a week later comes home in tears, some A-HOLE must of rubbed against her car..there was a nail deep scratch about 6" long..I was freaking that we just spent $28k & she parks away from everyone also...I found this stuff and it took out scratch!!! Scratch out is my saviour!!! Amazing how it works......Best $5.00 I spent!!

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Really? You're saying it will rub out scratches that you can feel? I'm skeptical.
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Really? You're saying it will rub out scratches that you can feel? I'm skeptical.
Buddy I was AMAZED!! YUP, my nail bit into scratch.. It must have particles that loosen clear or something...scratch is gone 100% you go in a circular motion-firm rubbing...I have used it on my car here & there as well...My father in law borrowed it for a scratch...Type it in under Google-can read all kinds of reviews.....
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