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Finally bought the touch up kit from Color Rite

Ordered up the spray touch up kit, I'm hoping that the kit will provide enough material to get close to matching my OEM paint on the various scratches that I have put into my OEM fairings.

As I ordered it Saturday afternoon, I'm hoping it will show up within a week or two. Should have enough mild weather left to make some progress towards improving the aesthetics of my bike. At least it will be something I can play about with during treatment.

Will pick up the smallest possible container of filler suitable for fairings, so I can bring the plastics back up to a flush height.....

Not expecting a perfect match, hoping for better than 'good' and honestly don't have a huge concern no matter what the result.

I can carve out enough room in my garage to do the prep work, and eventually the application of the paint. I think my greatest concern at this point will be getting the fairing parts clean enough.

I know the kit includes some cleaner.... And am quite certain it's not enough for where I'm starting from.

Question for the crowd: what should I use to clean the plastics, to remove road grime, engine oil, possibly coolant? Isopropyl alcohol? Brake cleaner? Mineral spirits?
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I use the Motorsports version: https://amzn.to/2QoEOY8

Or the Aircraft version: https://amzn.to/31MuhXO

(Both of those versions are safe for all the metals/plastics on the bike, and you can also find it cheaper at some auto parts stores.)

It's the easiest way to clean the bike. You can usually just spray it on, let it set for a couple minutes, then spray it off with the water hose. For tougher cleaning, spray it on again, use a damp/wet microfiber cloth to lightly scrub, then spray it off with the water hose again.
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Looking forward to your updates and pictures on how it works out.

What color are you matching? I'll be color matching the kawi green eventually.
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Looking forward to your updates and pictures on how it works out.

What color are you matching? I'll be color matching the kawi green eventually.
The Kawasaki lime green on the body of the fairings. The link at the start should drop you on the page for the options they have.... touch up pens, through pints and quarts. I opted for the spray on options (rattle can), including primer so I could bring the black plastic as close to a neutral base as possible before applying color to it. there should be clear coat as part of the kit, tack cloths, some sanding materials as well. All of it in the same chemistry so I don't have to worry about bubbling etc. If there is a problem with the results, it's all on me.

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Let me know if you need a hand with anything. I still have at least one small sanding block I keep handy. Dont have a clue where my sanding board is, but shouldnt need that for a fairing
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I've got a solid rubber sanding block that I can attach any grit I want to.... the real trick for me will be trying to decide how aggressive I want to be to get the scratches out. There aren't all that many, but they are relatively deep. I think it would be best to sand off the high spots, then bondo in the depth of the scratches, and then sand that to a ultra smooth surface before priming and painting.

I have both that hand sanding block, and a random orbital sander...... methinks better to do this all by hand, and not overshoot what I want to accomplish.

Just got the fedex shipping data on the kit, so that should be in hand before I start treatment this Thursday. Supposed to be 90F each afternoon this week..... haven't looked at next week's weather yet. Should be hot enough and dry enough to allow me to paint......

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You can just scratch/spot filler. Its basically a thick primer that doesnt require metal contact. I have used that for years. And one video online used it. But then I have no direct experience painting plastics
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You can just scratch/spot filler. Its basically a thick primer that doesnt require metal contact. I have used that for years. And one video online used it. But then I have no direct experience painting plastics
When I get the plastics off the bike, and have the panel I want to work on sitting on a bench so that I can address the damage properly, I'll post up some photos of the 'before'. I can't tell at this point how much the material has been gouged out, and how much has formed ridges 'above' the surface to be re-painted. I just want to knock off the high spots, then fill in the lows..... THEN prime and paint.

Hoping the bondo/what have you will be chemically inert to the primer, so I don't have to worry about reactions there.

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I've also gotten the FedEx tracking # & checked it...... Says I should get the kit by cob 24th.... Today. There might be some truth to that.......regardless of should still be in hand before the weekend.

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So here's what the Color Rite Spray kit looks like:

1) shipping was prompt, and well packaged.

2) Good instruction sheets, a pretty wide assortment of sand paper grits.... 600 to 2000, a fair number of wipes to remove grime from the work site, a quite large tack cloth, big roll of pro grade masking tape, a container of polishing compound, and full sized cans of primer, color, and clear coat.
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The damage I am interested in fixing, all on the left side of the bike.... the side panel has taken the brunt of the damage from two falls on that side, both at something like 5 MPG. Once on gravel, once on pavement. The area near the trailing edge mounting screw is the most visible, the stuff on the 'upper' part of that fairing piece is deeper, and is in the rolled edge of the panel. There are a few deep scratches adjacent to the turn signal, as well.

Looking at the photos, I think my best bet is to use filler to bring the height of the surface 'up', rather than to sand down far enough to smooth that out.... The bottoms of the scratches certainly look roughed up enough to give the bondo something to stick to!

Zero experience with this. If you think I am wrong with that approach, I appreciate your advice.
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The front lip of the lower ducting on that side panel took some hits as well.... I really need to clean that bike
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I am very nearly certain I have much more paint than I will need, to touch up the damage.

Giving some thought to trying to paint the swing arm mounted fender, as well. That's got a grainy textured plastic surface, which may cause a lot of grief due to how much crud it has embedded in it. Thought about taking it off, and running it through my wife's dishwasher (when she's not around, LOL) to see how much of that can be removed. given the primer, color coat, and clear, it could possibly look pretty good.

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Another point that could be given an accent would be the primary chain cover.....

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