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Anyone else with "soft" paint - scuffing issues

I have 300 miles on my 2013 F4 and the paint on the tank is scuffing like crazy. I know that it won't be perfect but none of my other bikes have been close to this bad. The sides of my tank look like the bike has 20,000 miles on it already. Anyone else notice the paint on there F4 scuffs easily?


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I have 300 miles on my 2013 F4 and the paint on the tank is scuffing like crazy. I know that it won't be perfect but none of my other bikes have been close to this bad. The sides of my tank look like the bike has 20,000 miles on it already. Anyone else notice the paint on there F4 scuffs easily?

Mine is 2012 and didn't noticed anything wrong. Let's see if anyone else jumps in. Pictures of it would help.
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I have a prophylactic on mine on all rub areas. No wear here.

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No scuffing on mine either. Pics maybe? What are you wearing? (Jake...from State Farm.) Anything rough that rubs up against the paint will scuff it.

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I'll try to grab some pictures later today. I'm just wearing jeans, same as I've worn on all my other bikes.


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Clearcoat is pretty strong on mine. No wear, scuffs or scratches.

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Not a fix to your problem but will stop it getting worse and may cover up a bit, try some 3M type film paint protection.
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I assume you mean swirl-like micro-scratches? i noticed very fine swirls on the top of my tank while wiping it down with a brand spanking new microfiber.. i was kind of bummed.. but a very, very light wax outta take care of it.. generally speaking, and especially on dark colors, if you do wax it dont rub in a circular direction, do it back and forth to reduce the impact of swirling..
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Christian, if I may...scratches, micro, or otherwise, come from an abrasive introduced. That could be the grade of cotton in jeans, nylon from threads use to whip-stich edges, or contaminants picked up from riding.

Virtually ALL folks who work with paint for a living use a DA (dual-action) machine to polish paint. The DA mimics the hand's swirling action to produce a mirror-like shine when the appropriate products are used for speed and pressure and paint.

Suggesting that a back-and-forth action will prevent micro-scratches is counterproductive. If you are getting scratches, you are using a sub-par material for polishing, or you've introduced contaminants...period.

It is entirely possible that the OP got a paint finish that had insufficient hardener in the clear coat. It would be unusual, but possible. In that case, the clear would not be as resistant to scratches.

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Christian, if I may...scratches, micro, or otherwise, come from an abrasive introduced. That could be the grade of cotton in jeans, nylon from threads use to whip-stich edges, or contaminants picked up from riding.

Virtually ALL folks who work with paint for a living use a DA (dual-action) machine to polish paint. The DA mimics the hand's swirling action to produce a mirror-like shine when the appropriate products are used for speed and pressure and paint.

Suggesting that a back-and-forth action will prevent micro-scratches is counterproductive. If you are getting scratches, you are using a sub-par material for polishing, or you've introduced contaminants...period.

It is entirely possible that the OP got a paint finish that had insufficient hardener in the clear coat. It would be unusual, but possible. In that case, the clear would not be as resistant to scratches.
What he said. Plus some waxes have abrasives in them to "clean" the paint. You should always use polish...not wax, and definitely not wax with "cleaners". If you do use a wax, I would recommend Zymol. It's very expensive, $50 for a small jar, but IMO is by far the best wax out there. After a few applications your paint will look like glass. Oh, and the weird thing, besides that it smells like coconut, you don't let it dry and they recommend you use back and forth motions to apply and remove it. But that's the only one I have ever used that wants it done that way.

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