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Bodyshop Got a tweaked piece of plastic? Some roughed up paint? Here's the place to get some tips on repairing your Suzuki Katana.

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Old 12-15-2007, 10:16 AM   #21
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Very nice info. For some reason people just can't seem to put some sandpaper to a newly painted surface in fear of messin it up but you obviously see the results of doing so properly here. Great info again
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:15 PM   #22
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Very nice info. For some reason people just can't seem to put some sandpaper to a newly painted surface in fear of messin it up but you obviously see the results of doing so properly here. Great info again
That would be my biggest fear. I'm tempted to just use rattle cans (color and clear), but I'm kind of hesitant because I'm betting automotive paint would be a lot more durable.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:51 PM   #23
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This is an excellent post thank you!
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #24
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i love how buffing looks, just make sure whoever is going to try this that u have your pieces well secured before you buff. ive thrown a couple small fairing pieces across the room by not doing so as well as i should have. almost lauched my front fender even though i had it pretty secured. i always try to buff with the bike together when possible but some pieces cant be reached when theyre on the bike.

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Old 07-08-2008, 04:57 PM   #25
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i love how buffing looks, just make sure whoever is going to try this that u have your pieces well secured before you buff. ive thrown a couple small fairing pieces across the room by not doing so as well as i should have. almost lauched my front fender even though i had it pretty secured. i always try to buff with the bike together when possible but some pieces cant be reached when theyre on the bike.
ya....I should have mentioned that. the oil filler cover that goes on the kats.....I sent that flying at about 200mph straight out the bay door and into the parking lot. it almost got ran over by a car coming in. thought for sure I would have to repaint it, but it sailed like a frizbee and landed on the back side. I picked it up, then let out a big "whew"!
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:29 AM   #26
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If you get orange peel in your color, then paint over it with clear and sand the clear, will you be able to see the peel in the color?

I don't know, I have always color sanded and clear sanded just to be on the safe side, but if I knew I didn't have to color sand, that would be awesome.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:46 AM   #27
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i love how buffing looks, just make sure whoever is going to try this that u have your pieces well secured before you buff. ive thrown a couple small fairing pieces across the room by not doing so as well as i should have. almost lauched my front fender even though i had it pretty secured. i always try to buff with the bike together when possible but some pieces cant be reached when theyre on the bike.
When using the Makita I usually buff the larger pieces while secured to the bike. Otherwise I will have a second set of hands available to hold the pieces.


I recently purchased a pneumatic mini polisher similar to the one shown below, that works great when the parts are off the bike and I have no one available to assist. It also works great at getting into some of the harder to reach areas.


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Old 07-11-2008, 06:12 AM   #28
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If you get orange peel in your color, then paint over it with clear and sand the clear, will you be able to see the peel in the color?

I don't know, I have always color sanded and clear sanded just to be on the safe side, but if I knew I didn't have to color sand, that would be awesome.
i dont know if u have to sand the color but i personally always hit the paint a little atleast so the clear sticks better. so i wouldnt suggest it but u never know.

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Old 07-12-2008, 10:58 AM   #29
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If you get orange peel in your color, then paint over it with clear and sand the clear, will you be able to see the peel in the color?

I don't know, I have always color sanded and clear sanded just to be on the safe side, but if I knew I didn't have to color sand, that would be awesome.
well, you really should NOT be getting orange peel in your base color. If you do, then you are putting it on WAY too heavy.

Orange peel is usually caused from laying on heavy coats of clear and it not flowing out smoothly.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #30
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That was a VERY good learning experience THANK YOU mojoe that saved your brothers a lot of future pain and heart-ache. thsnkd for dropping that jewel on us!!
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