'08 black 990 paint

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'08 black 990 paint

Postby Varinn » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:46 am

This might be a stupid question but my tank and other matte finished surfaces have some micro scratches. I'm fine to polish the gloss painted panels and seal/wax them but what can be done on the matte black for the tank? Can I even seal it and put wax over top without fooking it all up?

I've honestly never even waxed the bike before even though I polish and detail all my other cars regularly. Looking to change that.

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Re: '08 black 990 paint

Postby Varinn » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:37 pm

Well I didn't get around to testing polish, but wax is fine. Tried it on a hidden spot without problem so I did the whole shebang.

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Re: '08 black 990 paint

Postby bic_bicknell » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:18 pm

My '07 tank is now showing a lot of the usual signs of weathering that the KTMs seem to suffer from. The black, slightly metallised, black paint has a few patches where the paint has kind of crazed and there are lots of small cracks. I think it's the first signs of ethanol damage from the inside - but seen pictures of others tanks that are much more severe. I've tried T-Cutting these out but it doesn't work because the cracks are all the way through the paint, not just on the surface.

But smaller nornmal scratches just T-Cut out fine.
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Re: '08 black 990 paint

Postby Varinn » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:11 pm

That sounds really interesting, mine doesn't have those sorts of in-out cracks but most of us where I live fill exclusively with Chevron gas (94 octane) that doesn't have any ethanol so that might be delaying the damage. Mine's got more of a sign of abrasive material getting ground in from the outside like typical paint swirls.

My fear was the fact that it doesn't look like it has a clear coat and I've never dealt with paint that didn't have it before. So it's good to do a mild polish?

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Re: '08 black 990 paint

Postby PBRnr » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:51 am

Matte finishes are matte because they aren't completely smooth on the microscopic level. Anything you use to fill in those microscopic nooks/crannies or polish to level off the surface runs the risk of making the paint appear shiny/glossy. I always wondered about laying down a layer of matte black plastidip over the tank to protect against little nicks and scratches from general use but you'd def lose that slight metallic look of the OEM paint...
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Re: '08 black 990 paint

Postby SUPER DUKE #1 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:11 pm

Don't know if this is of any help or use but it's for matte finish. Use it on my '69 muscle cars with a flat, matte (black) finish hood paint.

https://www.autogeek.net/flitz-matte-fi ... elid=BIZRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqPOA5u1hdY

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