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Old 11-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Soft Clear Coat?

Is it just me or is the clear coat on the Sprint GT a little on the soft side?
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IDK, but the clearcoat on my Rocket Touring is the softest I've ever seen on any bike, anywhere. Guess it's a Triumph thing....
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My ST is the same. I have a magnetic tank bag and I can now see an impression (the size of the magnets) of the rubber from the bottom of the bag in the clear coat! That's crazy soft! Never had a bike that did that before, it's very disappointing.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Clear usually stays fairly soft unless it is wet sanded and buffed. Leaving it soft resists chipping. Whenever you paint a car if you can lay it down smooth never buff it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My '08 Sprint clear coat picks up the black colour from my Alpine Star leathers...so, I installed the paint protection kit from Tank Slapper.

http://www.thetankslapper.biz/index.html

The tankslapper film also picks up the black dye, but I remove the film every so often, and clean it well. Goo Gone works well to remove all of the dye, but soap and water takes most of it off during regular washing.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think I'm going to grab a paint protection kit for my bike.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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+1 with Astro4x4.
I had my tank wrapped earlier in the summer by a local guy here in the Peoria, IL area. I'm happy I did. Looks great. Most people don't realize it's been wrapped. These are the guys that did my tank.

www.max-shield.com

I might even have the saddlebags done next summer. Keeps the chain lube, road rocks, bugs and my boots from scuffing the paint. I gave the guy $100 bucks. That was labor and the 3M film material. It took him an hour and half. He never had wrapped a Triumph tank before. I pulled the tank-bag power ring and seat off the bike. He had to figure how he was going to deal with the shape of the Sprint GT tank. He used three separate pieces of material to cover the tank.
He was quite knowledgeable about the film. The 3M material does not block UV light. This allows the exposed paint and the paint under the film to fade equally. He said, " Factory paint is not harmed by the application and removal of the film." He also said, "there was no warranty against a "repainted surface paint damage" when it comes to removing the film. This is due to the fact that paint adhesion varies greatly to the base material due to less than perfect paint techniques. He did follow up that he has removed film from many repainted surfaces with no damage. He said he uses some low heat and a lot of time and patience.
He used a very sharp razor knife, a hand blow-dryer and a spray bottled,filled with distilled water, alcohol and (I think) a literal "drop" of soap, to act as a lubricant/surfactant when he did my tank. It was fun to watch him work his magic.
He told me he wrapped a very expensive bi-turbo Porsche, that's in the Peoria area, with 100% film coverage. He does a lot of film wrapping for new car dealers selling the higher end auto's.
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