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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
All the rattle can satin black paint I've ever seen is EXTREMELY easy to damage. I have seen a lot of Harleys painted satin black, and they don't seem to have that problem. I always wondered how they avoided it. I have seen a lot of fairly new Harley engines where the matte black paint had already turned gray.
I am not a fan of clearcoat. Never have been. I was going to have my Vulcan repainted in a non metallic color without clearcoat, until a near mint condition '97 red/gray tank and red fenders showed up, now I'm going to use them.
Clearcoat has two serious problems. On motorcycles kept inside, it is very soft, much softer than the color coat, and scratches so easy I swear a feather would scratch it. It quickly develops a hazy look because of this, unless you just never touch it.
On cars, at least here in AZ, the clearcoat will literally burn off in 2-3 years on a NEW car. It leaves a horrible looking blotchy paint job that can only be fixed by repainting. I have seen 40 year old cars with their non clear coated baked enamel paint still in excellent condition. When it fades, it can be buffed out, and is thick enough to do a lot of buffing. New paints simply do not hold up this well. They can look better when new, that old paint had kind of an industrial look to it, but it doesn't stay looking new long, and unlike the old stuff, there is no way to buff it out. Metallic paint also tends to fade out in spots.
I have also seen VERY expensive ($200,000+) cars with the same problems, apparently their paint is no better than cheaper cars. In fact, Mercedes seems to have some of the worst quality paint out there.
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