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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have found clear coat to be extremely fragile. It is much softer than the base coat. You can literally scratch it by touching it with a clean finger. Look at new bikes at the dealer. Most of them are already scratched all over. It shows a lot worse on dark colors. I painted the front fender on my Honda Rebel with just plain old Krylon, and it is a lot more scratch resistant than clear coat. Most likely trying to buff it will only make it worse. I suggest if you do get it repainted, that you not have it clear coated. The factory paint on my recently acquired '93 Chevy S-10 was a little faded in a few spots, buffing brought it right back, because I was able to remove the top layer of dead paint. You can't do that with clear coat. And clear coat definitely does not hold up to sunlight nearly as good as the color coat. Many late model cars around here have the clear coat mostly burned off and they look terrible. Look what happens to clear coated aluminum on bikes that have it. It quickly turns yellow, then brown, and starts coming off in spots.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike