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> New clearcoat on newer HD's?
Swaman
post Aug 19 2011, 12:43 PM
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Hi All!
Do any of you know whether HD has gone to a different type of basecoat/clearcoat product?
A friend of mine stopped by to show off his new trike, and I noticed a scuff where he had apparently hit the fender with his boot.
Having done this a ton of times (I paint bikes for a hobby) I took some of my 3M liquid rubbing compound, and then liquid polishing compound to the area (by hand).
Expecting it to buff up nice and shiny like has happened every other time, I was horrified when I took a last swipe and found a dull, cloudy finish, as if I had rubbed clean through the clearcoat.
Can the clearcoat be that thin? Like I said, I have done this tons of times, and have color sanded and buffed many a bike and never saw this happen before.
My buddy (for now) is pretty pissed, and I don't blame him. Since this is a "freak" incident, I don't even know how to begin to repair it.
Any ideas?
THANX!

Swa
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gatorg7377
post Aug 19 2011, 03:53 PM
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Could be some of the waterborne products that keep popping up
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Swaman
post Aug 22 2011, 08:50 AM
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I don't know what it is, but it sure is a MESS!
I've tried to avoid that waterborne stuff, but soon enough it will be all thats available.......way too expensive equipment for a part time trigger man like myself.
I tried a little hand glaze on the spots, but it didn't help much. It's like the clearcoat is G-O-N-E after only 2-3 circles with the first compound.
Needless to say, this has caused a rift in a friendship that I am trying to repair. The void between us in getting wider, so I may end up repainting the whole bike....at a material cost of around $460.00 to me! DAMN!
Bet your arse I'll use PLENTY of cleacoat!!

Thanks for the come back!
Swa
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