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Touch Ups?

While awaiting the arrival of my SWMotech Crashbars, I am wondering how I should go about touching up minor scratches to the following;
Left side engine casing -some kind of heat-proof paint after wet sanding with emory paper?
Hard saddlebags?
Mirror and handlebar ends?
Yes I have already dropped the bike several times at very low speed practicing turns etc.,
I am a first time rider. I took the course and got my liscense, but I'm 59 and never owned/rode before this.
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Also interested to see what people did. Have some scratches on my engine case on the left side from a parking lot blow over


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This store helped me out to get some touch up paint. Check with them, they do not list everything they stock. There are more paint stores on eBay..
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/bikecolours

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The only scratches i've had to cover are mirrors and crash bars.Then i repainted my faded mirror extenders. I used Krylon Dual Satin Black picked it up at Wal-Mart for less than 10 bucks.


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First, clean it up, then sand it down to take out the scratches. For the plastic, you can get it doen to 1000grit. For metal, 400 to600 will do. For metal, a rattle can can be had almost anywhere fore the crash bars and such. For the motor, take the bike to the hardware store and compare with paint chips.

Once it is prepared, for most crash bars, you can leave them on the bike, mask off the general area, drape the rest of the bike with plastic, and fire away with Very light coats. The good news is that if you keep them light, they won't run and will dry quickly. Same with the panels,but most of them come off easily.

For random scratches, try cleaning and no sanding get some artist paint brushes at Walmart (a dozen for $3) and touch up only the scratch.

i lucked out and found a perfect "red" match in a no name can at Ace Hrdwre

After painting on the plastic, you can buff and polish until you get a good looking job. Perfect? No, but it will normally pass the five foot rule, which is good enough for a Versys!

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The only scratches i've had to cover are mirrors and crash bars.Then i repainted my faded mirror extenders. I used Krylon Dual Satin Black picked it up at Wal-Mart for less than 10 bucks.


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Damn, those polished exhaust pipes look good!! In fact, the entire bike looks great. Well done.

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Damn, those polished exhaust pipes look good!! In fact, the entire bike looks great. Well done.
Yea their bright and shiny when new.

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Damn, those polished exhaust pipes look good!! In fact, the entire bike looks great. Well done.
Yeah I polished mine up, they look great then you become disappointed after one use when the heat makes the that same golden tint you had before you spent 3 hours polishing them


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quick cheap fix

The paint on the bike is hard to match it has been layerd to get that look. I have gone with the cheep temporary fix of nail polish the girls at the nail salon will help you match it and it looks great for about a year.

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I got a small bottle of touch up paint at pepboys for the handlebar ends. Still looking for matching paint for the engine cover. May have to go with black if I can't find titanium. Sanded down the scratches on the hard saddlebags and wiped them down with a little Armorguard plastic finish restorer, they look good now.
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