Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

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Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

Postby Hidalgo » Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:25 am

I noticed the paint on my 2004 ROCKSTER is easily, and by easily I mean even a light rub with key or even watch straps immediately makes a significant scratch. I've been retouching them with paint from the auto a parts store and it matches pretty good. I was wondering if anybody else has that happen to the paint in the gas tank and if there is a coating or polish that will prevent this paint scratching off so easily. It’s almost like the paint has lost it’s integrity and anything will make it chip or flake away.

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Re: Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

Postby sweatmark » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:04 pm

You have the matte black paint? Yes it's soft. I have the Alpine white in 80th anniversary edition, which has some clear-coat but is still crap paint and has yellowed appreciably over time - looks like dirty socks when compared to the white plastic side panels in same paint scheme.

And we haven't even started to talk about the blue paint that bubbles happily on the valve covers and cast alloy portions of the Telelever fork assembly.

Sorry to say, our bikes were produced during an unfortunate era for BMW paint.
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Re: Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

Postby Hidalgo » Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:38 pm

Thanks Sweatmark. So what you are saying is, I better buy a gallon of basic matt black retouch paint. Right? I was hoping to find some product I could use to coat the tank and protect what ever paint I have.

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Re: Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

Postby sweatmark » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:38 pm

Now: Rockster2, F800S, S1000R, K1300S
Then: R850R, R1100R, R1150R, Rockster1, R1200C, etc.

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Re: Paint on gas tank fragile and easily scratched.

Postby MThomas » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:52 pm

I just did a truck in flat black. Not to mention the difficulty in being able to spray evenly as compared with conventional paint, the flat/matte finishes, especially single stage (no clear cost), almost feel as if you could scratch them off with your fingernail.
The truck looks horrible, but hey it's a truck. Still I personally wouldn't do another flat/matte paint job again.
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