Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Grand Junction, CO
I checked into that Color Rite paint too. If you look at the fine print, it says for an exact match, you MUST use the base coat, which is not primer, in order for the top coat to be the right color. It's alot like painting candy colors. The extra expense (about $100 total including top coat, base coat, primer & shipping) pretty much talked me out of painting my radiator shroud and neck covers. And that's assuming that one can of top coat would be enough coverage!
In my experience with painting (I'm not a pro but pretty fair at it), I've found that primers and/or base coats are everything for a good paint job. If you were going to paint it a very dark color, then you might get away with sanding only but not with the "Luminous Vintage Red" of the '03. It will never look right without the base coat which first needs to primered.
BTW, lightly wet sanding with 400 - 600 grit between all coats (and patience) will lead to a better paint job...
*Battery connected at both ends!
*Real air in the tires
*New Registration sticker
*Seat wiped off
*Low AND Hi beam headlight!
*New #1157 tail light bulb
*Brake pedal still on the right
*Custom valve stem caps made from black plastic!
*Custom built ignition key from Kawasaki
Does anybody really care?
"When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car"
Last edited by IronMan750; 05-28-2010 at 11:27 PM.