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Main Motorcycle: Tiger Explorer 1200 XC
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Gainesville, FL
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The water based paint is a environmental thing. I don't think it has anything to do with cost. It may be that the UK has stricter regs than other places, i dunno. In any case i don't find the paint to be less well done and nice a then harley. It's the softness i find bad, but as looks go when NOT scratchy it looks as nice as a HD. In fact, mine looks far nicer than my friend's dyna, and while more subjective, at least as nice and but feel nicer than my other friends RK's. Thats WHEN it's freshly de-scratched and looking it's best, which due to the softness isn't often. I have thought about having them shot with a solvent based clear, but it would be such a PITA and expensive i just decided to live with the softness. (plus i have used silicone detailers so that can't be done anyways)
The paint used on American cars and trucks is water based and seems to be dureable enough. Seems to me that sort of paint would work well on our bikes.
I have a 2011 Ford Truck and a 2009 Ford Mustang that the paint seems to be holding up well to regular use.
As fast as cost is concerned, I had a tank, side covers, and headlight shell for my 1973 Ducati with stenciled Ducati logo on the tank and well as a wide stripe with two thin stripes on either side on the stripe on the tank. This was a custom paint job by an established custom paint shop that usually does cars in Keller TX. Total cost: $575. That included prep and primer and clear coat. The guy did a fabulous job.
If you have to pay thousands to get a bike painted, you might be paying too much
My bird suffered the early paint scratches everyone else experienced. Thing is I had a mate in the paint business who wisely advised me to not polish the scratches for at least 12 months, and then only lightly.
The big girl will be 3 in Feb next year, and the paint has toughened up quite good, with minor scratches easily buffing out.
I hope this eases the minds of some of worried folk out there.
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